When planning their kitchen overhaul, Manhattan homeowners Pallavi and Keyur had originally decided to leave their bathroom — which was original to the house and a little the worse for wear — as it was. But as the project progressed, they realized it was important to them that the style of their bathroom match up to the updated look they were pursuing in the rest of the apartment, and that by leaving all the fixture footprints in place, they could save money on the remodel.
The couple worked with Pedro, a contractor they found through online resource Sweeten, to update both their kitchen and their bathroom. You can see the transformation of the rest of their apartment here.
Post-renovation, the bathroom is much fresher and brighter, with a simple color palette and sleek materials that match the rest of the apartment. The new Duravit tub and Toto toilet were chosen for their slim profiles, and the new vanity provides much more storage than the old pedestal sink. There's a nice contrast between the white wall tiles and the black accent tiles on the tub and in the shower niche, and the darker grout will age much more gracefully than the old white grout.
One part of the bathroom that stayed the same was the original wood door, which contrasts beautifully with a new black accent wall. It's a little bit of the old, mixed with the new, that's a lovely reminder of the apartment's history.
You can read more about this project, and see more photos of the bathroom, on Sweeten.