Today is Thursday, 2nd October 2014

Bathrooms of old…like 2000 years old

Share
One of the ceilings of the bath house

One of the ceilings of the bath house

I was lucky enough to visit Pompeii this summer, and was absolutely amazed by the ruins there.  Being a bathroom nerd, the tour of the Bath House was by far my favorite part.  The city was buried by a volcano eruption back in 79 AD, and was mostly uncovered in the late 19th century.

It is estimated that 20,000 people lived in this ancient city at the time of the eruption, which was quite a large city at the time.  There were a few different bath houses throughout the city, as only the wealthiest people had baths in their own homes.  Somehow one of the bath houses survived the eruption with the ceiling and decorations still in tact – it is the best preserved building in the city.  It is actually the only building with the ceiling in tact.

Back in the 1st Century AD, bath houses were used not only as a place to bathe, but as a social gathering place.  Ancient Romans would spend hours there each day, soaking in the baths and enjoying the steam and sauna.

Inside the bath house

Inside the bath house

The baths were filled with water in the morning, and drained every night.  The first people to bathe were definitely lucky, as I’m sure you can imagine how dirty the water was by the end of the day!

The bath house was expansive – bigger than my entire house. It was an amazing experience, and highly recommend visiting it if you are in the Amalfi Coast region of Italy!

Original frescos on the outside of the bath house

Original frescos on the outside of the bath house

 

Original pipes carrying water into the bath house

Original pipes carrying water into the bath house

New Life for Old Kitchen

Share

My last post was all about my bathroom remodel, so now I want to share my kitchen remodel with all of you!  Last year I posted some pictures of my kitchen and asked for advice.  Well, a year later I was finally able to create the kitchen of my dreams!

Right side of kitchen - Before

Before

Before

Before

When I bought the house, I loved the fact that the galley kitchen was so large.  At 9’x14′, it was one of the largest galley kitchens I had seen.  It was also one of the most awkward and ugly!  The original yellow tile from 1923 was everywhere, and there was a partial wall that broke up the appliance wall into two areas.  All of the appliances were on one wall, making it very uncomfortable for cooking.  And to top it all off, most of the cabinets on the opposite wall were only 18″ deep because of where the doorway was located.  I knew the only thing I could do was gut the entire kitchen, so that is where the renovation started!

To make better use of the space, I removed the partial wall that housed the waste pipe and hot and cold water lines, moving those back against the wall so there is only a 4″ bump out.  I kept the sink and dishwasher where they were, but moved the fridge, stove and microwave.  To make the space lighter and brighter, I chose white cabinets, backsplash and countertops.  The herringbone pattern in the floor tile makes the room look wider, and the wallpaper accent wall gives the room a “Wow” factor.  Wondering what that hole in my custom pantry door is?  It’s a cat door so my cat can access her litter box!

After

After

After

After

What is your favorite element of the space?

For more photos, please visit our Facebook Album.

Bathroom Bombshell

Share

After View from Door

bath_2_small

Before View from Door

Last year when I bought my 1923 home, I knew I was going to have to gut the bathroom.  While the space was actually decent at 8′ x 5′, the layout was horrible and there was no storage whatsoever.

After a year of living with this bathroom, the construction started.  I took the room completely down to the studs, replacing every pipe in the house.  The pipes were all original to the house, so it made it easy for my to move all of the fixtures around.  The back wall was conveniently 5′ wide – perfect for a standard alcove tub.

It was very important to me to keep with the architecture of the home, so I used fixtures and tile that would have been used in the 1920’s.  I used Kohler’s Bancroft tub, which is designed to reflect tubs os the 1920’s and 30’s.  But this is no ordinary tub!  I took it to the next level by including VibrAcoustic technology, which connects to my phone via bluetooth and uses built-in speakers to emit sound waves that envelop and gently resound the body.  The tub also include’s Kohler’s heated backrest, known as Bask.  The technology doesn’t stop there!  I also included a bidet seat on the traditional toilet, making my bathroom quite the experience.  The vanity is Kohler’s new Damask model, and features their Ceramic/Impressions countertop.  For my faucetry, I chose Kohler’s Artifacts line for a timeless traditional look.

Before View from Tub

Before View from Tub

After View from Tub

After View from Tub

I chose two different styles for my wall tile – one inside and shower and one for the wainscot outside the shower.  The tile outside is by Ann Sacks, and gives the look of a traditional wood wainscot.  Inside the tub I chose to use a simple 3×6″ subway tile in a brick pattern.  I am most excited about the floor tile.  The marble mosaics from Elon Tile, and adds a classic yet bold pattern to the space.  The shower curtain was made custom on Etsy from Pamper Your Style.  The wall color is Old Navy by Benjamin Moore.

What do you think of the space?  What’s your favorite element?

Special thanks to Q.C. Construction and DelVecchio Plumbing & Heating for an amazing transformation.  For more pictures, visit our Facebook album.

 


Top