Daily Archives: August 25, 2011

A New Bathroom In A Very Old Home in Madison, WI

Recently, we finished a bathroom remodel in an old Victorian home in Madison, WI.

The owner of this home was tired of the look of the tub/shower module and wanted a tiled shower in the bathroom. This bathroom remodel updated her space while maintaining the character of the home. 

Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom Before


To our surprise during demolition, we found that years ago, a previous owner had sawn through all of the floor joists and many studs in the bathroom walls in order to get plumbing and HVAC through to the current locations. Definitely a case of “Do Not Try This At Home.” 🙂 We relocated the plumbing pipes and HVAC to restore structural stability.

Bathroom Remodel

Structural Issues

Once the structural issues were covered, it was on to creating a gorgeous main bath for the owner to enjoy.

To go with her original woodwork found throughout the home, the owner chose natural cherry cabinetry that would get richer with time, just as her house’s woodwork has. We also managed to strip her door on the bathroom side (previously painted white). We stained it to match the existing woodwork found throughout the house. The trim didn’t match the rest of the house, so we duplicated the trim that was on the other side of the door. This creates a space that looks more original to the Victorian home.

Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom After

The colors of the cabinetry are also in the floor and shower tile, pulling everything together. We even found a paint color to match one of the colors in the glass mosaic.

The vanity wall is an accent wall. We kept the dark blue color on that one wall to maintain an open feeling. This creates a focal point at the sink. We also replaced the window that was in the shower with a waterproof window. Now the owner can enjoy a nice, cool breeze.

Bathroom Remodel

Shower After

To see more project photos, visit our Bathrooms page.

Small Bathroom Turned Spacious in Madison, WI

Along with their Craftsman kitchen remodel, this homeowner’s cramped, small bathroom was in need of a serious renovation.

This craftsman style home was built in the early 1900s and the small bathroom had its original mudset tile. The homeowners decided that they would like a walk-in shower rather than the cast iron tub that had existed. They were limited in counter top space to a tiny vanity and radiator cabinet.

Small bathroom before



Small Bathroom After


The slate flooring pulls in colors from the walls and cherry vanity cabinet, creating a sense of flow throughout the room. Extending the counter top as a banjo top over the toilet gave these homeowners as much counter top space as possible.

small bathroom after



Small Bathroom after

Shadow Box

We replaced the radiator and its cabinet cover with a small wall radiator that is more energy efficient and space-saving. The homeowners found that they actually had extra space near the shower to place a small console table. It houses extra bathroom accessories as well as displays more of their artwork, including the shadow box we created as a Thank You present.

Small Bathroom Before

Exterior side of door

The woodwork that we carried into their Craftsman Kitchen was also carried into their bathroom.

The new window has obscure glass to match the original door and new shower door. Before the remodel, the interior side of the bathroom door had mismatched hardware and a board covering the recessed panel detailing found throughout the door. On top of that panel were several layers of white paint.

We managed to get the door stripped and re-stained to match the existing woodwork, bringing the old house character to a side of the door the homeowners had no idea had a hidden recessed panel.

Small Bathroom After

Door After

Since completion of their kitchen and bathroom project, these homeowners also tackled the 3-season porch on the front of their home. We completed the new sun room in April 2017. The result was a CoTY Award winning space! We also featured this beautiful home in the NARI Tour of Remodeled Homes in the spring of 2017. To read about their new Craftsman Sunroom check out our post Craftsman Sunroom-NARI Coty Award Winner.

To see more project photos, visit our Bathrooms page.