Our house is a work in progress. It’s livable, depending of course of what your living standards are (in this case, a notch better than camping). We knew going in that it would be a lot of work and we were OK with that. There was electrical and plumbing work that needed to be done. Asbestos that needed to be removed. Rotting floors, crumbling plaster and leaky skylights. Whatever was a safety issue was addressed. And yet, the thing that gave me nightmares was this:
The green bathroom of doom. I don’t know why I obsessed so much about this room, given everything else that needed (and still needs) fixing in our house. I hate this room to the core of my being. It occupies the side of the parlor floor, a room that one day will be our kitchen. To make that happen, the bathroom will move back to its original location, the glorious 27 square feet of space wedged between the staircase and the green bathroom.
Our first thought was to make it a powder room, since for a toilet and sink, 27 square feet is quite spacious. But then we got to thinking… if we are going to redo a bathroom, why not put a tub in there, too? We both feel strongly it should be a period appropriate bathroom, which means a claw foot tub. We played around with potential layouts:
With tub is a tight squeeze – similar to what we have upstairs in the shower of sadness.
Removing the tub would make the room feel luxuriously large, by comparison.
We could add two additional feet to the room if we closed the hallway which leads to the rear parlor (current site of the green bathroom, future location of our kitchen), but removing the hallway access will make our parlor floor very railroad-y. We’re not huge fans of the no walls/open concept HGTV nonsense, and we want to respect the history of the house – thus the hallway stays.
We found the original medicine cabinet in the basement, which will be re-finished and re-installed. We have some salvage wall sconces, which need to be re-wired. In addition, I’m thinking a small wall of Brooklyn Toile from Flavorpaper:
Hex tile with a simple border on the floor, a subway tile wainscoting (if we go with the tub). We need to source a super tiny sink, a pocket door, and maybe a super cool toilet (not only is it Victorian, but it will save crucial wall space)
Right now everything is up in the air. It’s about collecting the right pieces so that the plumbing can be done accordingly. I’m going to guess that progress is going to be slow…
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Good morning , owners of the Pink Brownstone in Brooklyn. I am a fellow Brooklyn lifelong resident who has a love of beautiful restoration of periodic homes. I currently have a beautiful claw foot tub with all 4 feet. The tub is available for free. You have until June 30, 2019 to pick it up or the salvage people will come and get it.You just have to come pick it yourself. You will need a pick up truck and at least 3 people to move it.
Email me at pink brownstone(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll put you in touch with the person who has the tub.
Thank you for your kind offer. We already have one (drove all the way down to Philly to get it!)
I can share it with friends and see if I can find a home for it. Can you email me your contact info at pinkbrownstone (at) gmail (dot) com? Thanks!