Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Master Bathroom Planning

I'm really struggling with planning the new master bathroom in our 1912 Craftsman. I should just put in a bathroom like this, but I don't really like vast expanses of white or a lot of grout. (This 1912 photo was liberated from Paul Duchschere's Inside the Bungalow. An awesome book, BTW.)

So, I find myself in a dilemma. How historically accurate am I going to be? I have literally been combing through my pile of Bungalow books and the internet for weeks trying to find acceptable alternatives.

The best option I've found so far is this bathroom which I've pulled from the Bungalow Bathrooms book by Jane Powell.

Though, we still have the problem with how to finish the shower. We cannot use wood beadboard in the shower, and that leaves some sort of solid surface or tile. (Or maybe we'll just go with a more budgetary fiberglass shower.) I still don't have an answer to this one. I hope our contractor can help us figure it out.

I'm also trying to decide what to do about the floor as well. I found this basketweave tile at a pretty inexpensive source in Portland. I'm hoping this will work for the bathroom, and won't be too small, because it's a period pattern and a good color scheme for our plans.

I'm also considering a more period option: ceramic hex tile. My main hesitation is the expense. This tile is more than twice as expensive than the locally-available tile and we're already spending way more than we should on this project.

I believe I have at least chosen fixtures for the bathroom: St. Thomas Creations, the Barrymore line. They look historic to my eye and come in a variety of sizes. Unless they're ridiculously expensive, we'll probably just go with them because I'm tired of looking.

Though, I'd really like a pillbox toilet like the photo above, but the company that used to make it, Sunrise Specialty, doesn't seem to be making it anymore. (It's still on their website--but not in the latest catalog.) That's too bad, because that's where we got the pull-chain toilet last time and we really liked it. But a pull-chain toilet won't work in this house, because there's going to be a window above the toilet.

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