Reno Q & A

with Geneviève Joyal

Winnipeg Interior Design Q

I'd like to maintain the character and charm of my 1930's home when renovating the main floor bathroom. A shower isn't necessary since there's already one in the basement. Measuring only 5'-6" x 8'-0" there isn’t much space available for storage – suggestions are welcome. I'm seeking a traditional aesthetic that's fresh but not overly modern. Ideally, amenities such as a heated floor could be incorporated. The general lighting needs to be improved and the window replaced. What are your ideas on undertaking this project?
- Carol

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There’s nothing more classic than marble and a claw foot tub! The small footprint of the pedestal sink allows the focus to remain on the stunning Versailles patterned floor. To maximize square footage, the linen cabinet is inset in the joist cavity and made taller than the previous to provide adequate storage for towels, toilet paper, bath and cleaning products. Dimmer switches and heated floors are a great way to bring up the level of sophistication in any renovation. Polished chrome plumbing fixtures are timeless and the easiest finish to keep clean. The chair rail combined with a custom baseboard detail refines the space and offers a sense of proportion to the high ceiling. Cove moldings are simple yet elegant while the shapely glass knobs add a hint of glamour. A niche within arm’s reach is the perfect place to display pretty soaps and rest your glass of wine while bathing. This bathroom will certainly stand the test of time.

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