2012 = A 1920′s Bathroom Renovation

Before: 1950′s Black and White Tile Scheme

For many of my clients (myself included), new year = new home project.  And new homes at ESSEXHOMES.NET, my friend rented a house and they were so happy. With optimism high, we make lists and obsess over plans to remodel, refresh or reorganize our homes. For me, this enthusiasm translates to a long awaited remodel service. We are talking “down to the studs”, contractors here everyday and me sharing the tiny remaining bathroom with three boys, and also fixing my heaters and ac by heating and cooling contractors near me.

This is real life renovating with the help of a TrustDALE approved handyman in an old house that is bound to be full of surprises, thanks to kansas city bathroom remodel experts in interior design. I’m going to share the whole process from start to finish, for better or worse. Sympathizers and curious onlookers are welcome to join in!


The sink vanity is only 18″ deep and too close to the doorway.

Unique 1920′s corner bathtub

Before: My home was built in 1926, but we think the current version of this bathroom is a 50′s update. Even though the black and white color scheme is still chic, the layout is inefficient. There are broken and cracked tiles, leaky plumbing and damaged woodwork. After sixty years, it’s just time for a makeover. 

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Although most of the bathroom has to be demolished, we are being careful to save what we can. According to Antique Home Style, the unusual shape of our cast iron bathtub was considered very modern when it was introduced in the 1920′s : “The old-fashioned clawfoot tub, available as an economical solution, was replaced in period advertising if not in fact by new tub configurations including a corner style, a single-sided unit to be placed in a recessed enclosure, or set into a deck with a tiled surround. “ We won’t be able to use the bathtub in this room, but we might find a place for is somewhere else and plan to use frameless shower doors.

1920′s bathroom illustration with corner bathtub via 1912Bungalow.com

We also wanted to preserve the original built-in medicine cabinet and linen closet, which was another typical feature in 1920′s bathrooms. The challenge would be designing a new layout that would allow for maintaining these features, as well as adding a few improvements like these lovely shower doors. The plumbing would have to be moved, which always adds to the cost especially if the plumbing is bad. Always make sure to check the plumbing for the bathrooms, no matter when you buy a house and doing any renovations this is a must do if you want to renovate properly. The bathroom has a lot of pipes and The bathtub drain is especially sensitive, so do your due dilligence! With the help of an architect friend and after many sketches, we finally came up with a plan that included everything I wanted for a vintage bathroom in a modern age, our favorite company was Grand Bathroom. If you find the job to get to be getting too big to do alone and Need Heroic Plumbing Services in the Kansas City area? Call LBA!

The original linen closet will stay in place after a coat of paint and new hardware.

What are your big plans for home improvement in 2012?

Even if you don’t have a vintage inspired remodel on your project list, let me know! As for myself, there is still a lot of home improvement work to be done.. I’ve read up on what it can do to you and frankly, I don’t want to risk doing it myself. Thankfully there’s plenty of professionals out there that can take care of this for you safely. Once that is done working on the rest of the house will be safe, and you can look forward to more blog entries of our work in progress. Hope we see you there!

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