Before & After: A Sleek New Look for a Compact Brooklyn Bathroom

Before & After: A Sleek New Look for a Compact Brooklyn Bathroom

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 21, 2015
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When Ellen and Ben bought their first home, a 1963 co-op in Brooklyn's Kensington neighborhood, they had big remodeling dreams: they planned to update the whole place, starting with the kitchen. But then they got cold feet. They'd never remodeled anything before, and starting with their kitchen, which felt like the heart of their apartment, seemed like a pretty big task. So they decided to start small(ish), with the master bathroom.

Their big goals for their bathroom remodel were to open up the dated space and make it feel bigger and brighter. They also wanted to replace their older fixtures with newer, more water-efficient ones.

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Removing the wall between the bathroom and the shower and replacing it with a glass partition and door had a huge impact on the feel of this small space: it now feels much roomier. Classic white subway tile, laid in a grid pattern (as opposed to the traditional running bond) is a nice modern touch and helps to brighten up the space.

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The black hex tile floor (with light grey grout) helps to ground the space, and is a nice complement to the matte black shower fixtures. The frosted glass insert in the door lets light in from other parts of the apartment but preserves privacy.

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The new sink may look like a custom piece, but it's actually a West Elm nightstand. Ben and Ellen's contractor outfitted it with a marble top and vessel sink, and cut holes for the plumbing. Two new IKEA medicine cabinets, mounted side by side, provide extra storage with a minimal look.

Ellen and Ben found their contractor, Alan, through Sweeten, a resource that connects New York-area homeowners with designers, architects, and contractors. You can read more about this project and see more photos and sources on the Sweeten blog.

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