Ginny Macdonald | AFTER // 1947 PRIMARY BATHROOM
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It’s been a while since we’ve done a reveal and today we’re sharing the primary bathroom from a house built in 1947. The client needed our help with the remodel of 3 existing bathrooms, so this is the first of 3 that we’ll be showing you.


The client is French and really loved the idea of bringing in some influences from Europe through interesting tones of colour and patterns. The idea that she mentioned was modern European hotel. We wanted to make sure all three bathrooms felt like they belonged in the same house but also had their own personality. You’ll see that we used a similar tile in each space but paired them with different colours and materials. For the primary bath we didn’t want to go too wild with the colour and wanted it to feel more of a serene escape for the home-owner.




For the primary bath, the main objectives were to add a walk-in shower, a closed off water closet and a double vanity. The existing layout was quite awkward and lacked storage. We opened up the room by taking some square footage from the primary bedroom without compromising the layout or space. We moved the entrance door which also helped with the overall layout.


The extra space from the bedroom allowed for us to keep a bathtub and enclose the toilet. By rotating the toilet it created the perfect alcove for the walk-in shower. We installed a freestanding bathtub which feels luxurious, and since the base is smaller than the top it gives the appearance of being light and airy as you get to see more floor space.




We really wanted to add a some colour in here, so we installed a feature wall tile in this triangular shape with a variegated green glaze. There’s 3 windows in the room that look out to an array of green, leafy trees, so the colour was the perfect compliment to those. The remaining walls were kept neutral in either painted drywall or stacked, variegated cream tiles for the wet areas. The floor is a porcelain travertine and adds a tonal pattern without competing with the other surfaces.





The vanity was custom-made using white oak veneer with a white quartz countertop. We made the vanity float on the walls which gives the room more air around the base. It also lets us see more of the floor and makes the room feel bigger.  A matching white oak shelf was installed above the bathtub for products so that we didn’t need to add a wall niche and interfere with the tile layout. To play into the modern European look, we liked the idea of a stark contrast and used all matte black plumbing fixtures and cabinet hardware.






Much like the bathtub, we decided against a shower niche and installed a tiled ledge for products instead. It worked nicely because the shower is a complete alcove so the ledge could run wall-to-wall.



Photography by Jessica Alexander







Other posts from this house include Powder Bathroom