Renovate My BathroomPosted by Elinor E. in Park Slope
1928 coop bathroom sadly dinged over time...want same look but subway tile likely can't be saved. Refinish tub, replace taps, showerhead etc but don't move plumbing. New vanity, electrical outlet, light. Restore chrome medicine cabinet if possible
Design and Build
Outdated; Falling apart
A faded classic 1920s tiled bathroom...I wish it could be left original but the tiles have missing patches/cracks/holes cut in them, there's no electrical outlet and the shower diverter doesn't work properly. Someone put in crappy taps/shower head and a cheap vanity/towel bars that are already falling apart. It has a classic medicine cabinet that was originally chrome with a mirror door but painted over so many times the door won't close. Also, the bathroom door doesn't close unless you lock it....doesn't bother us but probably not great for resale...
Scope of work
A restored, sparkly version of its 1928 self - same color subway tile (creamy off-white), same classic tub - but with modern updates like a thermostatic control on the shower, tub filler with a "telephone" hand shower, electrical outlet by the sink, a vanity with good storage, a glass shelf in the shower for shampoos etc towel bars that don't fall off the wall. And we can replace the medicine cabinet with a new one but cleaning it up and putting it back would be great if it didn't cost the earth to restore.
Having design input and someone who would source the materials for us was critical: we had a very specific look in mind but no time to got shopping for tile, taps etc. We did it all by email after the initial design meeting and the result is perfect
Ours is a 1920s co-op so there were plumbing challenges and they worked with the building to fix it and kept me in the loop. They kept very good relationships with the building, which really helped smooth things along.
I think just the patience and persistence in the face of major board approval delays and ancient plumbing issues. The communication was good throughout and that really helped through the inevitable freakout moments.