Home Design Tips: Designing a Second Bathroom in a Winthrop Home

An 8ft by 8ft office on the first floor of this Winthrop home has been converted into a master bathroom that also works well for everyday living.Samara Vise

Although this 1749 Dominion settlement in Winthrop was remodeled before the owners bought it, there was only one bathroom (and it was full of baby gear). So, with the help of DelMuto and Sons Construction Co., designer Mattye Dewhirst converted the 8-by-8-foot first-floor office into a master bathroom that also works well for everyday living. “The second-floor tub is difficult to get to and there really wasn’t any other space to fit a bathroom, so that made the most sense,” says Dewhirst. “Since the basement was unfinished, it was easy to get the plumbing and electrics working.”

1 “We wanted the overall aesthetic to fit the age of the house, and the hexagonal tiles were popular in homes that didn’t have indoor plumbing before,” Dewhirst says of the white porcelain floor tiles. with Ming green marble rosettes.

2 A Kingston Brass pedestal sink keeps the room airy, while a vanity would have made the space cramped. “We built an 18-inch wide floor-to-ceiling cabinet to the right of the entrance for towels and toiletries,” she says.

3 A peony print by Maine artist Amy Brnger satisfies homeowners’ desire for affordable artwork that looks like an oil painting.

4 The walls are painted Sherwin-Williams Billiard Green. “It was a great opportunity to go dark and dramatic while still being classic and historic,” she says.

5 Daltile’s ceramic subway tiles are mottled in color and texture. “They’re machine-made and cost-effective, but look legit, like a guy from the 1800s was making them by hand,” says Dewhirst. “The color variation provides flexibility in paint matching and adds depth.”

6 Full glass panels let light into the room and expand the space. “The door slides out so it can be left open without blocking the sink or toilet,” says Dewhirst.


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