Small Bath Remodel: Before and After


Last week I popped over to a client's home to take photos of her recently completed bath remodel. Turned out pretty cute, right?

We had a VERY small space to work with, which is pretty common for older homes in San Francisco. We ended up keeping the existing toilet and tub to keep costs down, and it worked just fine. Not all bathroom remodels need to begin with a complete gutting.

Finding a vanity to fit in the small space was tough. The original pedestal sink looked cute, but had no storage. And with this being the only bath for two young kids to share it needed some sort of storage. Fortunately, I found this great piece, only 21" wide, with a bit of a rustic style, and sink included, by Fairmont Designs.

We kept the tile design pretty simple, using a basic white subway field tile in the shower surround, and accenting with some gorgeous marble mosaics by AKDO purchased through Ceramic Tile Design in San Rafael.

The client wanted to add a niche - a great storage option when you have none! - so we took the opportunity to highlight it with more decorative tile. The same tile, in fact, that was used on the floor. Isn't it gorgeous?

The ironic thing is, as soon as the bath remodel was completed my client bought a new house. So, the lucky new owners of this property will get to enjoy the redesigned bath more than my client ever did. Not a loss, though, as we all know that updated kitchens and baths help sell real estate properties and have a high return on investment. 

If you need help with your kitchen of bath design, give me a call or send me an email to discuss your project. Even the smallest remodels can benefit with an hour or two of design guidance. 





My Article in Marin Home Magazine!

Marin Home Magazine just launched in Fall 2012. I was lucky enough to be a contributing writer for the Winter 2012 issue. See the "10 Kitchen and Bath Updates" on the cover? That's me! 

Rather than write about everything I wrote about, why don't you just hop over to to read the digital edition? There's some good stuff in there. Promise.