Before & After: A Historic Master Bath

Following a halfway remodel by the previous homeowners, this sweet family was left with a poorly-functioning and frankly annoying Master Bathroom. The house was built in 1908 and this space was likely never intended to be a large one, as our theory is that this conversion was from a small bedroom into what you see in the before photos below. The main offenders? Lack of closet storage despite the large amount of dead space in front of the windows, damaged wood floors, a half step up to the toilet + sink, the primitive toilet (guess that's good or bad, depending on who you are), lack of counterspace at the sink, and poor lighting overall though especially frustrating at the sink, since backlit by the windows.

The home is a 3-story craftsman with much original charm remaining, such as the kitchen cabinets, which are a stunning dark wood in shaker style. The design choices were driven by a nod to the history, improving functions, and the homeowners' styles: his, clean and modern, and hers, classically chic. 


Glossy subway tile and floor tile from Home Depot. Antique rug from Chairish. Door to room was original to the house, just switched to open from the opposite side. Vanity, faucets and toilet from Overstock. Lucite toilet paper holders from cb2. Pivot mirrors from Restoration Hardware. Sconces from Pottery Barn. Midcentury dresser in console was owned by family and already in house. Baskets in closet and tray on vanity from Target. Overhead lights from Ikea.

All construction overseen by the best contractor I know, my design + build partner, Micah McCarty of MJM Construction.


In spaces that had no original charm to begin with, and need to have heightened function, designing correctly is a delicate balancing act. What is your favorite improvement here? Please share!