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Transitional Primary Bathroom Expansion in Ardmore, PA Home

Location: Ardmore, PA

Building type: Colonial

Renovation style: Transitional

For many homeowners, having a beautiful bathroom is one of the most important remodeling projects on their wishlist. Such was the case with this Arts and Crafts home in Ardmore, PA, built-in 1902 and purchased by repeat clients so that they could get a little closer to the Philadelphia attractions. 

Our team at Bellweather Design-Build was asked by our clients to upgrade the layout and function of their primary bathroom while maintaining the original character and incorporating a couple of modern design elements for the bathroom remodel. 

In addition to this primary bathroom remodeling project, we also renovated the kid’s bathroom and an anthropology-inspired kitchen. After we completed all three projects, the homeowners shared this quote, “We used Bellweather in the past for another project and were very impressed with the quality of their work. We knew that if and when we renovated again, we wanted to use Bellweather to ensure that our house not only looked beautiful but had the quality that would stand the test of time.” 

Finding Space When Remodeling a Primary Suite

When our team at Bellweather Design Build began work on this 1902 Colonial remodel, the original bathroom was cramped, outdated, and not very functional. The homeowners hoped to expand the footprint of their existing bathroom to create more space. They also realized that they wanted to preserve some of the architectural details that were original to the house. Because they wanted to ensure that the planning and execution of the project were coordinated, the homeowners decided that they should speak to a design-build firm for guidance.

Our design team faced two spatial challenges when planning a new layout for this primary bathroom. The first was designing a bathroom to comfortably accommodate the homeowners’ desired features and space needs without sacrificing too many square feet from the adjacent bedroom and walk-in closet. The second was working around existing door openings and window locations. 

Stephanie, the Bellweather designer for this project, presented several plans for a larger bathroom that allowed for two separate vanities, a walk-in shower with a bench seat, and a compartmentalized toilet room. The clients were thrilled with the options, and selected the one that balanced their space needs without diminishing the adjacent bedroom.

Our solution for preserving the bedroom and walk-in closet square footage was to create a stretched layout featuring a walk-in shower on one end that segways into two mirrored vanities facing one another and a compartmentalized toilet room beyond. Reflective white subway tiles behind a custom frameless glass shower door and wall keep lines of sight open, giving the bathroom a light and airy feel.

Managing COVID Delays in Design & Construction

The color scheme of the bathroom is neutral, the simplicity of the backdrop allows for creative play in materials. Unfortunately, we faced material shortages due to COVID-19 supply chain delays. To keep the construction timeline on track, our designers needed to source alternate options for the homeowners. All of these factors called for intense creativity both in the layout and in the materials used, but as is sometimes the case, constrictions gave birth to innovations, making this Colonial bathroom remodel highly unique, creative, and beautiful. 

Despite having to select some new finishes and options due to COVID, we were still able to design a beautiful transitional bathroom. From the mixed metals on plumbing fixtures to the lighting and accent pieces, we played with patterns by laying black and white mosaic marble tiles to add a dramatic appeal to the floor.

These elements combine to create a unique transitional-style bathroom remodel that embraces modern accents such as clean, sleek plumbing fixtures and more traditional-style sconce lighting. Mixing compatible elements of both eras create a bathroom that blends well with the overall age and style of this transitional home. (Be sure to check out our bathroom trend guide for more transitional bathroom ideas.)

Work with Bellweather on Your Bathroom Suite Remodel

Be sure to call our Bellweather team when you’re ready to remodel your transitional bathroom, primary suite, or a whole home. Even if you’re not sure exactly how you’d like to solve your project challenges, it’s never too early to begin the conversation, because entering the project during the design phase is where our design-build team can have maximum impact. Feel free to reference our bathroom remodel Philadelphia-area cost guide, and give us a call when you’re ready to set up your initial consultation.


  • Black and white mosaic marble tiles
  • Mixed metals between plumbing fixtures, lighting, and accents
  • Small marble hex tile in wet-bed shower  
  • Carrara marble vanity countertop and shower bench seat
  • Custom glass shower enclosure