This master bath renovation created a new beautiful and more functional space, complete with freestanding tub, enlarged shower and new storage.
Our 1930 Spanish bungalow came with many charming details that immediately sold me upon seeing it. Beautiful ceilings, moldings, archways, original wood windows and pink tile in the master bathroom….except the tile wasn’t in good shape and the beat up cupboards in the bathroom and vanity area left a lot to be desired. I knew what it needed and had a clear vision of how beautiful it could be.
It took me awhile (years) to start the project because part of me hated getting rid of the unique pink tile, pedestal sink and other charming details but I also knew that a remodel would make such a difference in the overall aesthetic and function. So we finally did it and I couldn’t be more pleased.
renovating older homes without losing character and charm
As is often the case with older homes a few surprises can be expected along the way. After the initial demolition the contractor soon realized that it made more sense to take everything down to the studs. The original flooring had wood and cement underneath that needed to be removed. The area under the bathtub would have to be reinforced to support the weight of the new cast iron tub. The plumbing had to be completely replaced as was the case for the electrical.
My concern for taking everything down to the studs was losing some of the original details, like the rounded stucco door frames and moldings. In the end, it was definitely the right decision. Although, I did lose the rounded door frames on the interior part of the bathroom, we were able to maintain them on the opposite sides of the doors as well as maintain the other details that I cherished.
‘Before’ Pics are important
Whether or not you have a blog or other business that requires ‘before’ photos, always take them! It’s so satisfying to look back and see what progress was made, have a record of that time period and be able to really appreciate the ‘after’.
Even though pink tile has made a comeback (and I’ve seen some beautiful rooms where it’s been used), I don’t miss it one bit! The chips, stains and overall condition of our previous bathroom made it hard to enjoy.
We are so pleased with how much more functional our new master bath and vanity are. Even though the project took longer than originally scheduled, had some surprises along the way (due to the age of our home) and caused us to go over budget, it was well worth it. I am enjoying many soaks in my new tub and find getting ready so much easier and more enjoyable.