A New Primary Bath for a Vintage Home

This vintage home got a black and white bathroom remodelDreaming of how a remodeled space will look is the fun part. Gathering ideas from magazines and blogs, creating a mood board, and even visiting a showroom to peruse rows of tile and hardware choices are all enjoyable pastimes. As home design shows and social media have grown in popularity, it’s easier than ever to define what we like and how we’d like to bring an aesthetic into the home.

As one vibrant La Grange, Illinois family discovered, that’s why working with a skilled designer is more important than ever. Normandy Designer Becca Ruggiero solved for mechanical concerns while beautifully melding styles and suggestions into the transformed room.

This new bathroom was a sleeping porch from the days before air conditioning for the first one hundred years of the home. Shower with black grid and gold fixturesFreestanding bathtub with underside painted black in a vintage home bathroom remodelFirst, plumbing and electricity were added to the unconditioned area. “Then we closed up several windows to give the new bathroom privacy,” Becca says.

Once the bones were in place, the challenge was to bring homeowner’s love of farmhouse style into a non-farmhouse home.

The resulting space is open, airy, and filled with special touches.

A strikingly beautiful freestanding tub in an unexpected dark finish draws the eye. Nearby is a large shower with a gridded surround and door. “It echoes the beauty of windowpanes, a classic farmhouse style, and feels right at home,” says Becca.

Symmetric tile and grout add another graphic element that feels clean and familiar. Mirrors in new bathroom added to this vintage home  Diamond leaded glass windows are the final graphic element. This piece works wonders in bridging the aesthetics. “The window is a true beauty and really makes it feel like this bathroom has always been here,” says Becca.

The vanities, mirrors, and hardware were all chosen for their farmhouse feel. “We found great options that enhance the home, and will look good for years,” Becca says.

“This couple loves farmhouse style, and the finished primary bathroom captures that spirit while remaining true to the original house,” Becca says.

Ready to move past the idea board and into your remodeling project? Make an appointment to talk to Becca about your challenges and vision. Still in the exploratory phase? We share projects on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Follow along for inspiration.

Bathroom with two sinks Primary bathroom with black accents and stained vanity This new bathroom has a decorative window behind the bathtub to fit with the vintage style of the home



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