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Primary Bathroom Remodel in West Philadelphia

Location: West Philadelphia

Building type: Federal

Renovation style: Transitional

This Philadelphia-area family purchased their grand Federal style home in West Philadelphia with the intention of remodeling. When they initially contacted our team at Bellweather Design-Build, their plan was to focus on the first floor, but after discussing their goals in greater depth, it became clear to the client that in addition to a full first-floor remodel, they also needed to renovate their primary suite, and one of the kids’ bathroom.

We were excited to begin design with a new concept for the primary suite for this couple. The ultimate goal of the project was to repurpose under-utilized space in the existing walk-in closet to expand the footprint and achieve a larger primary bathroom. Our clients wish list included; a shower large enough for 2, a separate tub and more natural light. These goals were just the parameters needed for the Bellweather team to start our work…

Reconfiguring the Layout of a Bathroom

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One goal for the homeowners was to maintain the original period doorway from the bedroom to the original bathroom. Our design-build team provided fixture and furniture layouts to support floorplan options that allowed for a reconfigured space to improve the natural flow of the rooms while keeping the door in the original spot. Stephanie Hoffmeier, the designer for this project, mentioned "The existing door locations throughout the bedroom were ideal considering we were revamping the layout. After many conceptual sketches, the homeowners decided to close off one of the doorways to create a bed-wall. This allowed them to place a kind size bed and two night stands in the room while maintaining the existing bathroom entry for budget efficiency." As Stephanie mentioned, not only did this reduce the construction timeline, it also provided a cost saving opportunity for the client. 

Three floor plans were presented to the client to show them the various options for their new, larger space. From the plan that was selected and with the additional space gained from expanding into the walk-in closet, we were able to open up the space. This allowed us to relocate the toilet to a more functional spot. Unfortunately, after opening up the floors, our team discovered that the old plumbing stack was in poor condition. Our team recognized the issue early and provided a solution when notifying the clients, allowing for replacement in a timely manner without delaying the project.

Elegant and Tranquil Bathroom Finishes

We installed custom built-in cabinetry in the primary bathroom as well as in the kitchen. This detail contributed to a unique and high caliber aesthetic, quite appropriate for this grand house. The built-in closet provides much needed storage for the couple, and allowed the selection of a beautiful porcelain console sink, elegant and timeliness. The sink design was completed with polished nickel plumbing fixtures.

One of our favorite selections in this primary bathroom is the Isola Capri Polished Ceramic Wall tile from Tile Bar. The green in the shower welcomes a pop of color in the space while also making it feel tranquil and spa-like. The clients loved the color, and used a similar tone for the accent wall behind the tub.  

Remodeling with Bellweather Design-Build

Not only did this Philadelphia bath remodel achieve what the homeowners expected but they also appreciated the level of professionalism, communication and attention to detail demonstrated by our Bellweather Design-Build team. 

Our ability to guide these homeowners through a thoughtful architectural design, planning and renovation process was key to delivering a rewarding experience for everyone involved in the project. 


  • Honed Carrara Marble 2" Hex Floor Tile 
  • Custom built-in linen cabinetry from Tim Lewis Studio
  • Custom angled shower enclosure
  • Polished Nickel fixtures & finishes
  • Isola Capri Polished Ceramic Wall Tile (shower)
  • Porcelain console sink
  • Robern Recessed Medicine Cabinet w/internal outlets