Traditional Bathroom Remodel in University City
Location: University City, West Philadelphia
Building type: Twin
Renovation style: Traditional
To Move or To Renovate?
When you need more space than your current home provides, you essentially have two options: move or renovate. That is the question the owners of this University City twin home found themselves facing. While there are certainly pros and cons to each option, the best choice depends on the homeowner’s particular situation. But if you love your home, your neighbors, and your location, and if you don't want to alter your lifestyle when it comes to work, school, and social commutes, it may be better to reimagine your existing space.
A Reimagined Layout
As their family grew, this client found themselves needing more than one bathroom on their home’s second floor. The existing home featured one primary bedroom with a large bathroom and a secondary bedroom connected by a hallway. Rather than moving to a home with a second bathroom, the family decided to reconfigure the second floor layout, reducing the size of the large primary suite to accommodate a second floor hall bathroom for their children.
One of the client’s stylistic goals for the renovation was to create a bathroom that was both child-friendly and in keeping with the home’s original character. The bathroom needed to include an alcove tub for bathing young children, a vanity that provided enough storage space, and a small footprint that wouldn’t too significantly reduce the size of the adjacent bedroom.
Vision Meets Reality
The resulting renovation checks all of the client’s boxes: the bathroom accommodates each of the features the homeowner requested without feeling cramped, and the design is both elegant and child-friendly.
We optimized the narrow floor plan by visually maximizing the long lines of sight connecting the doorway and the light source of the window at the bathroom’s opposite end. Upon entry, the toilet is tastefully invisible, hidden behind the bathtub’s half wall. At the far end of the bathroom sits a low-profile vanity with a recessed mirrored medicine cabinet above. The vanity itself provides storage in the form of open shelving and closed cabinetry with minimal drawer pull hardware as part of a child-friendly design.
The star of the show is the bathtub and shower remodel combination, where practicality meets elegance. The tub basin is deep, and the full wall tiling helps contain the water during bath time while also making the space easily adaptable to showering. The white subway tile reflects light, making the whole bathroom appear larger, and the gray pencil border adds design cohesion by echoing the gray of the vanity while also lending a touch of sophistication. Minimal, floating glass corner shelves in the shower provide a home for bathing essentials while keeping shampoo and other items out of reach of the children.
This refined attention to detail is perhaps best showcased in the traditional black and white hexagonal ceramic floor tiling that makes the entire bathroom feel as though it was part of the home’s original design.
Bathroom Remodeling with Bellweather
If you’re searching for a bathroom remodeler who can partner with you to reimagine your space and make your vision a reality, please don’t hesitate to contact us. To help you get started, we’ve compiled guides on how much it costs to remodel a bathroom in Philadelphia, historic features to keep during your remodel, and best bathroom tile options.
If you enjoyed seeing inside this bathroom project, be sure to check out bathroom pictures of our previous projects for more inspiration.
- Black and White Hexagonal Ceramic Floor Tile
- White Subway Tile with Gray Pencil Border
- Glass Corner Shower Shelves