Changing rooms

After a restoration by the previous owners, this Italianate Victorian building needed just one little change one less bedroom, and one more bathroom
A view of this bathroom featuring polished timber bathroom, floor, flooring, hardwood, home, interior design, laminate flooring, real estate, room, sink, suite, wall, window, wood, wood flooring, brown
A view of this bathroom featuring polished timber flooring, antique franch farm table vanity, dual basin, frameless shower

When a designer creates a master bathroom from an existing space, there will always be certain restrictions on the scope of the project. When the house is his own, he wants to make especially sure they don't affect the result.

So when Antonio Martins, of Antonio Martins Interior Design, decided to transform an adjacent bedroom into a master bathroom, his 13 years in hotel design proved handy.

"I drew inspiration from the way hotels combine closets,bathrooms and sleeping areas into a single space. The goal was to build more than just a bathroom we wanted to build a spa, using Victorian design techniques but maintaining modern comforts," says Martins.


A view of this bathroom featuring polished timber bathroom, floor, flooring, hardwood, home, interior design, laminate flooring, real estate, room, sink, suite, wall, window, wood, wood flooring, brown
A view of this bathroom featuring polished timber flooring, antique franch farm table vanity, dual basin, frameless shower

Two elements were found immediately and were the basis around which the project developed four antique fir doors and an antique French farm table.

The biggest challenge, though, would prove to be the shower area. A shower box would make access difficult, so it was decided to use a recessed shower pan, with a teak grate flush with the floor, to allow drainage.

"To control the water, we used silk velvet drapes, which could be drawn back to allow more floor space for the dressing room," says Martins.

a view of this closet  constructed out cabinetry, ceiling, door, floor, flooring, furniture, hardwood, home, interior design, room, window, wood, wood flooring, wood stain, brown
a view of this closet constructed out of 4 nine Ft high douglas fir doors, glass panels, integrated lighting, sound system and laundry bags

The bathroom was still missing a water closet, but Martins had the solution.

"We placed the water closet inside the old bedroom closet, and then built a shoe cabinet between the bathroom and the master bedroom to complete the project," he says.

Dec 03, 2007

Credit list

Vanity
Antique French farm table
Basin
Porcelane bowl by Porcher
Shower fittings
Steinberg shower system
Flooring
Original antique Douglas fir
Tiles
Walker Zanger, unfilled travertine tile, Biela mosaic border
Vanity lighting
Lightworld
Blinds
Custom Roman shades, silk from India
Cabinetry
Martin Patino
Faucets
Steinberg single-lever basin mixer
Shower stall
Solid teak flooring, silk velvet drapes lined with water-repellent polyester
Wallcoverings
Benjamin Moore paint
Toilet
Waterworks Bristol Water Closet
Ventilation
Panasonic Whispergreen ceiling fans
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