I’m happy to share a newly completed bathroom project for a long-time client. His new house is a Mid-Century Deckhouse and the primary bathroom got a much needed makeover!
First, an introduction to the house. This house was built in 1968 and is a classic modern mid-century deckhouse style. With deck houses, the ceiling of the lower level is the flooring of the upper level and there’s no attic. So, soffits, cord covers and surface mounted overhead lighting is all needed. We are beginning to look at outside paint colors. This is painted clapboards with brown painted trim and the plan is to go dark charcoal gray in tones which will highlight the windows more. The primary bathroom is marked below – as you can see, the roof over the carport blocks the windows, but it does have good natural light.
And here’s where we started:
My original concept board for this space. My client prefers simple, clean lines and is very much a less is more person. I will say that I did have to push him into the basketweave marble flooring – but how beautiful did this come out!
The overall feeling stayed the same, but the floor and wall tiles and faucet changed a bit. The whole design started with the Duravit floating wall vanity.
We ended up selecting a different floor tile – one that had less contrast than the first. Below is the mockup to show my client how the tile would look with light, medium and dark colored grout. We ended up with the darker grout which blended in better with the tile.
As you can see – it’s a very small primary bathroom – but one that is now loaded with style! The floor tile is the same in the shower. We considered curbless for a more streamlined look, but there wasn’t room in the floor joists to inset the shower pan.
In another post I’ll be sharing the wine cabinet we designed for this same client. It’s spectacular if I do say so myself!
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30 thoughts on “Project Reveal – A Mid-Century Deckhouse Bathroom remodel”
Thank you so much Denise!
Great job! Gives good midcentury vibes!👍
The space is fresh, modern and understated by clean lines. Love it!
Thanks so much Erica! I hope you’re well!
Hello Linda, A perfect job. It’s hard to imagine a time when Formica was considered a good finish for a nice house! The main thing that I didn’t like about the original, which you corrected beautifully, was the large slabs of plain stone for the tub enclosure. Stone needs architectural interest (moldings, shadows, carving for certain styles, etc.), or at least spectacular color and graining, or it looks bland and concrete-like, a waste of an expensive material. I love the scale of the replacement tiles you chose, as well has how the graining reflects the horizontal grouting lines.
Thanks so much Jim! I love the big wall tiles as well. My client has a great eye and he made all the decisions on how each tile should be laid out to get the best affect.
What a fabulous job you did! It’s now truly a refreshed, updated bathroom. LOVE the floor.
Thanks so much Anne!
Such a pretty transformation! My favorite is the floor tile!
Thanks Amie – the floor tile is my favorite too!
Beautifully done – The basketweave floor tile is the perfect touch!
Beautiful transformation. Love the floor tile:)
Thanks so much Mary Ann!
This turned out beautiful! What a fabulous house, I hope you are designing more rooms!
Thanks Suzi – small things around the house – we’ve done solar shades on the sliders in the living room, working on lighting and the exterior. My client has a great collection of vintage and new Stickley Mission furniture, plus art.
Beautifully done! I love the consistent horizontal lines throughout. Well done!
You did a beautiful job designing this small bathroom. It looks fresh, light and spacious! Well done.
Thanks so much Lisa – it is hard to get light and spacious from this space but am happy we seemed to have achieved it!
Wow, you knocked it out of the park with this one. I love how you made the small space look bigger, and the floor tile is to die for. The whole design definitely fits in, yet elevates, that MCM house. Beautiful.
Thank you Kathleen!
Love it, so pretty and in keeping with the style of the home! One day maybe you can write a post on baseboard heating, which I noticed in this bathroom. We don’t have too much of it here in the Chicago area but, when we do, I’m pretty stumped about it in clients’ homes. (drapery? Can you have it hang on the baseboard?) Looking forward to seeing the wine cabinet Linda.
Thanks Mary Beth – and good tip about baseboard heating. It’s always a challenge!
What a wonderful transformation! I love absolutley everything that was chosen for this space, Linda.
Thanks so much Sheri!