AFTER // 1947 POWDER ROOM
The second reveal from our 1947 House is the powder bathroom. This is a teeny space with a shower that sits between a bedroom and a hallway leading to the backyard. Since it has 2 entry doors, which the client wanted to keep, we decided to leave the fixtures in their existing location. Not only did that help to save on costs, it really was the best way to lay out the room. Having 2 doors in a small space can often be problematic as they take up valuable wall space. Since this room already functioned well for their needs we didn’t want to futz with it too much.
One thing that did need to be addressed was the sink size. It was oversized for the space and didn’t have any countertop space. We ended up making a custom white oak vanity with a vessel sink on top and installing the faucet on the wall. Wall mounted faucets are an incredible space saving tool as they don’t take up space on the counter. This meant we could do a narrow vanity and find a sink that would work with it. We did an asymmetric vanity with and offset storage cubby for extra towels. We kept that open and made the vanity floating so that it felt light and airy, and you can see more of the wall and floor tiles. With everything being asymmetrical the mirror was set directly above the sink which allowed us to do a pendant light in the corner.
With the spacial challenges in the room we really wanted to make this an interesting place to come into. Sticking with the modern European idea that we talked about in the Primary Bathroom post, we came up with a colourful concept using different tiles and tones. The backsplash is one feature in here and we used a square terrazzo tile and installed it at half height. Terrazzo, while it’s having a trend moment right now, is really a classic material that was used a lot in the 1960’s. We’re probably most familiar with it from airports and shopping mall floors due to its long lasting durability, but now we’re seeing it installed in all forms in residential houses. What I love about it are the different flecks of colour from the various stone chips that are in each tile and no two tiles are the same. It just gives the wall an interesting texture. This particular tile has a warm tone to it with flecks of pink, yellow, black and grey with an off-white binding that holds the chips together. We played off that tile and pulled out the mustard yellow for the floor tiles. We went with a 3×3 square glossy tile to give the floor some visual interest.
Another space saving is tip, especially in small spaces, is to use all the vertical height in a room. Above the terrazzo, we had a narrow custom floating shelf built in matching white oak. It’s a good place for extra product storage or artwork and a vase as we have it shown here.
The room was so tight so we weren’t able to get photos of the shower area but we ended up doing a herringbone wall tile and penny tile on the shower floor.
Photography by Jessica Alexander
Other posts in this house include Primary Bathroom