One of the unique parts about being an interior designer in Grand Rapids is getting to work with houses that have been around for over a century! I love helping homeowners showcase the classic beauty of these historic homes while also updating each house to meet the demands of modern life.
We recently completed just such a project in East Grand Rapids in partnership with Katt Design and Carpentry. The renovation was for the master bathroom with the end goal being a more spacious and functional room (and, of course, a joy-inspiring space!).
The original bathroom, meant to serve a family of four, had very limited space; the area where the vanity now is was the entirety of the original room. To double the space, we converted a large closet that ran parallel to the original bathroom into the shower and toilet area. We separated the two spaces with a sliding barn door (custom built by Katt Design and Carpentry) to increase functionality: someone can now shower while someone else is using the mirror and vanity.
Of course, to bring in new items, first some had to go. We said goodbye to a giant clawfoot tub (how they got that out, I’ll never know!) and the original old pedestal sink. In its place, we brought in a custom-built vanity as the focal point of the room.
There are three women in this family, so countertops were essential! The cabinetry was another custom built feature by Katt Design, with Cambria countertops for a beautiful and durable finishing touch. My client also loved the idea of using farmhouse sinks to give off a vintage look. These not only have a rustic feel but are spacious and practical for everyday use. A large mirror and optimal lighting finished off the vanity area.
All in all, the project came together beautifully and the master bath became an area of relaxation and tranquility. Best of all? We updated the space to fit this family's lifestyle while staying true to the original feel of the house. Take a look!