Before & After: New Life for a Crumbling Clinton Hill Bathroom

published Apr 5, 2016
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While not lacking in a certain crumbly charm, the bathroom in Colin and Orli’s Crown Heights co-op was definitely not a place where you would want to take a bath. Five different layers of floor tiles, installed on top of each other over the years, made for an unsettling drop when stepping into the tub. The subway tile walls were starting to look far too much like an actual subway for comfort, and thanks to many decades of water damage, the whole thing was falling apart.

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The bathroom’s transformation involved removing absolutely everything and taking the walls down to the studs, which was necessary to remedy the water damage of many, many years. After tearing down, Colin and Orli’s team starting building back up, starting with a new black and white hex tile floor, like the ones you see in many older New York apartments — a sort of homage to the building’s past.

They made a bolder choice for the wall tile: a ‘Starbucks green’ ceramic tile that gives the bathroom a bright, modern, and lively feel. It’s a nice complement to the green tones in the granite on the new vanity. A cabinet above the vanity provides additional extra storage.

Colin and Orli chose to enclose the shower rather that going with another shower curtain setup, to minimize future water damage. The sliding glass shower door they chose has a lovely, minimal visual footprint, and the little window at the foot of the shower helps light move through the room for a much more open feel.

Colin and Orli found their contractor, Pedro, through Sweeten, an online resource that connects New York-area homeowners with designers, architects, and contractors. You can read more about the project , find sources, and see more photos on the Sweeten blog.