Project Reveal – A Mid-Century Deckhouse Bathroom remodel

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.

Sudbury MA mid-century Deck House

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!

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings Mid-century deck house bathroom finishes

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.

Grout selection


Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings mid-century Deck House bathroom floating vanity

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.

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings mid-century Deck House bathroom modern bathroom design


Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings mid-century Deck House bathroom vanity

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings mid-century Deck House bathroom bathroom vanity

Linda Merrill Decorative Surroundings mid-century Deck House bathroom modern bathroom shower

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”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 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.

  3. 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.


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