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Jack and Jill Bathroom Remodel in Historic Philadelphia Home

Location: Mt. Airy, Philadelphia

Building type: Colonial

Renovation style: Transitional

Jack and Jill bathrooms allow guests from two separate bedrooms to conveniently access the same bathroom. This 1970's bathroom concept can be found in many old, historic homes in Philly. Yet, as homeowners look to update their kid's bathrooms, many require a new design and layout to fit today's family and lifestyle. For this project, the Bellweather Design-Build team needed to modernize and expand this Jack and Jill bathroom to accommodate a growing family.

Exploring Options to Honor Original Architecture

Historic Center Hall Georgian Colonial in Philadelphia

The owners of this historic Center Hall Georgian Colonial home came to us to update their Jack and Jill bathroom as well as their primary bath. This stunning home is complete with much of the original stunning wood work. While the family was passionate about updating the bathrooms, they were torn as how to keep the original architectural details within the updated bathroom designs.

Our challenge was to combine the colonial craftsmanship and classic design with a tranquil and luxurious bathroom aesthetic. To do this, we wanted to incorporate many of the original finishes of the home. The Bellweather team worked the designs around features like the unique radiators, craftsman style woodwork, detailed window casings as well as doors that are original to the home.

Expanding Classic Jack and Jill Bathroom

In the kids’ bathroom, our plans included updating the shower-tub combo, new tile, replacing the vanity, as well as added custom built-in storage. Yet, in order to incorporate all of these key bathroom elements, we needed more space for our new shower and tub combination. So, our design and construction team needed to great creative!


The various Bellweather teams worked together to come up with a floor plan to best fit the design and functionality of the bathroom. The final layout included building out the wall of the bathroom in order to add some square footage for larger shower. Regardless of the newly added space in the bathroom, we were still able to complete this project without hindering the space in the bedroom behind it.


Other fun features of this bathroom remodel included hiding the water and overflow access using an old hallway closet -- keeping the original door allows for easy access for shut-offs and maintenance. 


Tile Choices to Update & Modernize the Bathroom

Picking out tile for your bathroom remodel project is not as simple as it seems. With so many design options as well as color, size, shape or texture it can be overwhelming. For this project, all of the tile was selected at Avalon Flooring by Stephanie Hoffmeier, our lead designer, along with the client and with the help of Randi, our rep at Avalon Flooring.

As you can imagine, tile has been a fun statement piece for many of our clients! We often encourage them to take a risk with a fun color or pattern. For this kid's bathroom remodel, we added an arabesque tile for the shower shelf, also known as a shower niche. Stephanie mentioned "The clients loved the look of this pattern against the simple marble subway tile! It is

 a great accent piece that balances the other tile selections."

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The accent tile used in the kid's bathroom was also used in the primary bathroom shower niche

Even though the primary tile choice in the two bathrooms were different, the accent tile brought it all together!

While tile is mainly picked because of the design and aesthetic, it is also important to think about the functional benefits, including water resistance, durability, cleaning and maintenance. Although often more expensive than shower paneled walls, tile has a more high-end look and is also infinitely customizable, long lasting as well as durable. 

Are you looking to remodel your bathroom? Read more about at the bathroom remodeling trends to watch for in 2021!


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  • Kohler Bath & Soaking Tubs
  • Carrara marble tile