While renovating a bathroom in an older home may be necessary to update plumbing, electrical and structural items, experts say many homeowners are also making updates that help retain the historic charm of their homes.
Kitchen & Bath Design News recently highlighted a Cambridge, Massachusetts, project that succeeded in preserving the home's antique charm, despite transforming the space into a spa-like, modern bathroom.
The publication reports that the owners wanted their new bathroom to reflect the period charm and character of the home, which was built in 1915. To achieve this, the couple completely gutted the existing bathroom as well as an adjacent dressing area and rebuilt it from the ground up. The room's new focal point is a freestanding, deep-soaking bathtub.
While the bathtub helped the project stay true to the home's historic feel, the other elements in the space contributed to a modern, spa-like aesthetic. A large, dual-sink bathroom vanity helped create ample storage to keep toiletries out of sight, as did his and hers medicine cabinets. Radiant floor heating and a temperature-controlled towel warmer added to the luxurious feel of the space. In addition, a pale color palette was used for tiles and walls to keep the space clean and open-feeling.
Others who want to create a modern space that won't look awkward or out of place in an older home may choose a similar strategy for a bathroom renovation. A antique-styled bathroom vanity or bathtub can serve as a focal point in a space equipped with many modern amenities!