A Bath Remodel With Something Old, New and Borrowed

We recently remodeled a half bath in Chevy Chase Maryland which included something old, something new and something borrowed.  Actually, it is not at all unusual in home remodeling to use something new and something old.  It’s built in to our design build process.  Renovation is all about mixing and matching the best of old with well designed new work.

For this bath remodeling project, the clients gave us a antique chandelier that had shed its light in  the powder room of a beloved former home in Cleveland.  Here it is now in suburban Washington, something borrowed….

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The client “borrowed” this chandelier from their former home and brought it to Washington

The magnificently over the top crown molding you see in the photo?  That was already there.  A previous homeowner had a sense of humor, obviously.  We kept it.  That’s our something old.

When working with such a small space our interior designers have just three key design elements to play with.  They are the lighting (as we see above), the wall treatment and the sink or wash stand.  There is usually no great need for storage in a powder room bath.  So the designers usually forgo the vanity cabinet and choose something that is free standing.  There’s our something new

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The solid wood legs supporting this porcelain sink make a strong sculptural statement

Usually the designers will try a wall paper, something dramatic, for the walls.  But in this case, they wanted to balance the heft of that massive crown molding by anchoring the room with a strong earthy tile wainscot.

It’s obvious that the work for the designers is not so intensive as it would be with a full out custom bath remodel for a master bath or hall bath.  It’s more a matter of tasteful selections that bring balance and a touch of personality to a very small space.

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