This beautiful 1920’s Spanish Revival, formerly the residence of George and Margaretta Heston, is a historical landmark designated by the city of San Diego. The new homeowners loved the character and charm of the original structure, but desired an updated master bathroom with all the conveniences of the modern world. The main goals were; to create a larger shower, a dual master vanity, and to make the overall space look and feel more spacious.
The historical designation of the home presented some unique challenges – namely, the fact that the pre-existing window openings could not be changed in any way. So, we decided to incorporate the windows into the newly designed master shower! Frameless shower glass spanning the entire width of the room allows natural light to flood in from the windows, making the space feel open and airy. The new dual vanity, with oversized walnut drawers, is mounted to the wall to allow for valuable walking space behind. A spacious coordinating floating shelf below the vanity offers more storage for towels and other items.
Although they wanted a modernized space, our clients also liked the idea of adding subtle hints of the original era. We incorporated a tonal hex tile on the floor and as the detail stripe in the shower. While the color and texture are completely in line with the modern aesthetic of the overall space, the hexagonal shape is a nod to the original era of the home. We were also able to repair and reuse the original bathroom door and knobs. Mission accomplished!
We believe the design process should be a collaboration between designer and client. We start by actively listening to our clients’ needs, welcoming and encouraging their creative input. After all, nobody knows the advantages and limitations of a space better than those who use it every day.
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