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Before and after: Modern-meets-traditional family bathroom renovation

Modern-meets-traditional family bathroom renovation

Modern-meets-traditional family bathroom Author: Monic Richard

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Before and after: Modern-meets-traditional family bathroom renovation

The beauty of designer Nicola Marc’s modern-meets-traditional family bathroom is all in its proportions.


Designer Nicola Marc used her savvy eye to see beyond the layers of outdated decorating trends in this 1915 Montreal home. “When we bought it in 2013, a lot of original features were still intact, including the crown mouldings, wide baseboards and high ceilings,” she explains. Nicola made sure those were preserved in a year-long whole-house renovation that took place before the family of four moved in. Among the rooms in most dire straits was the upstairs family bathroom, with its awkward door placement, super-tiny bathtub and jarring pink walls. “It wasn’t conducive to a soothing bathing space," says the co-owner of Marc Gold Interiors. Nicola, who loves a relaxing soak, had already picked out her must-have item – a stunning sleek bathtub – so it was just a matter of working in the other elements.

The result 
Nicola loves her new family bathroom. Between taking care of the kids and her own long baths, she spends more time here now than she does in her master ensuite.
 

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Bathroom renovation: Modern family bathroom

Bathroom problem: Before

A very pink and awkward bathroom.

By: Lesley Young Source: Monic Richard Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom renovation: Modern family bathroom

Bathroom layout

“I designed the bathroom around the scale of the bathtub,” says Nicola. She opted to keep the toilet where it was to avoid the extra plumbing cost, but she moved the existing door to create a more logical entry point and to maximize usable wall space. Nicola wanted the shower separate from the tub and chose a low-profile tray and an all-glass enclosure to keep it as unobtrusive as possible. She had the glass walls raised up to lock in post-shower heat. “I find showers feel a little cold when you turn off the water,” she says, so adding in-floor heating was also a must.

By: Lesley Young Source: Monic Richard Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom renovation: Modern family bathroom

Bathroom renovation: After

Homeowner and designer Nicola Marc is grateful for the pre-existing skylight over the vanity, the only source of natural light in her bathroom. In fact, Nicola’s second favourite item in the bathroom is the vanity; with its shiny chrome washstand base and white glossy countertop, it embodies the space’s mix of classic and contemporary styles. To that end, she chose über-modern faucets with white tempered-glass handles that recall old-world porcelain versions. Nicola justified the pricey fixtures by saving some money on the tiles, which you would never guess are all porcelain and ceramic. The custom-cut extra-long mirror draws the eye up; it was hung high enough that splashes won’t mar its beauty.

By: Lesley Young Source: Monic Richard Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom renovation: Modern family bathroom

Family-friendly design

The dreadful pink walls were painted over with “a soft stone colour that works well with the white elements in the space,” says Nicola. A simple rack holds multiple towels, and the stool is handy for helping daughter Clara, 8, climb in and out of the bathtub.

By: Lesley Young Source: Monic Richard Credits: Style at Home

Bathroom renovation: Modern family bathroom

Floating shelves

Nicola opted for open shelving because she enjoys creating little vignettes. Each family member gets a shelf (she plans to add one for her 20-month-old son, Luka).

By: Lesley Young Source: Monic Richard Credits: Style at Home

 

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Before and after: Modern-meets-traditional family bathroom renovation