Clean and Simple Master Bath With Lots of Storage
Size: About 55 square feet (5 square meters); 8½ by 6½ feet
Year built: 1918
Who uses it: Liz Sytsma, an associate director of local nonprofit CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, and her husband, Chris, who works for Accenture and is a self-proclaimed Deadhead. They’re expecting their first child this year.
Designers: Brian Osborne of Osborne Construction and Niko Dyshniku of Kole Made
BEFORE: Here you can see the torn-up tile, lack of accessible storage and cramped sink area of the previous bathroom.
Game plan: Switch from a combination shower-bathtub to just a larger shower. “We’re lucky to have an original cast iron clawfoot tub in another bathroom, so saying goodbye to the tub wasn’t hard,” Liz says. Heated floors combat the old-house drafts during winter. The original molding and door and new white hex tile on the floors nod to the early-1900s era of the home. Sinker cypress cabinets connect to the Hinoki cypress trees that sit just outside the large windows. A fixed 4-feet-wide panel of glass that runs along the side of the shower next to the showerhead and extends up to the ceiling was added after these photos were taken.
Biggest challenge: “As with any old home, nothing is plumb in the house,” Liz says. “The walls and floors and windows have shifted, in some cases significantly, over time, making the process of leveling the surfaces difficult.”
Favorite element: The custom cabinets made by designer Niko Dyshniku. “The reclaimed sinker cypress has such a warm hue that helps soften the otherwise clean, white space,” Liz says. “They are useful, beautiful and really use the available space well. We have plenty of storage now that is completely accessible.”
Breakdown: Toilet: Adair, Kohler; paint: White Dove, Benjamin Moore; sink: Teorema; fixtures and knobs: Purist in brushed Moderne Gold, Kohler; cabinets: reclaimed sinker cypress, Kole Made