Bathroom Renovation in Georgetown, DC
This historic Georgetown remodel was a “labor of love,” in the words of the owners. Keen architectural enthusiasts, they were active participants in every step of the renovation. The original house, a bricklayer’s cottage built in 1821, had endured a patchwork of remodels and additions through the 20th century, which resulted in a structural and stylistic hodge-podge with no clear character. Our clients had, however, a definite idea of the finished product, and we were able to work with them to realize their vision. We performed a full gut of the house to address over a century’s worth of structural issues, and to create a taller and brighter space, preserving the history of the building while inviting natural light in.
Design + Layout
Working with limited space, we were able to achieve a clean modern bath while preserving elements of the original house. The exposed original brick opposite the soaking tub contrasts the angular lines of the rest of the bath. Tucking the vanity between the brick and shower helped keep the floor open, showcasing the hexagonal floor tile. A teal rear accent wall elegantly hides the toilet, complementing the red brick and framing in the tub.
Style + Finishes
Complementing the rest of the house, we used modern fixtures and finishes while allowing elements of the original construction to shine through. Full height backsplash tiles above the vanity and the tub add a subtle texture to the walls, and a chair rail in the same finish as the vanity helps bring the two sides together. The angle of the shower door keeps the enclosure from protruding too far into the room while echoing the lines in the floor tile. Understated matte black plumbing fixtures and a simple pendant light complete the classic modern aesthetic.