At APEX, we love the challenge of remodeling century-old homes, making everything fresh and safe while preserving the period charm. Luckily, we’ve had plenty of opportunities this year. Here is a St. Paul bathroom we recently renovated for some great new clients who discovered APEX on Angie’s List.
The owners, Curt and Susan, wanted to restore their 1924 upper level bathroom (and the water stained living room ceiling below). But first we needed to address code issues. That meant running all new plumbing supply lines and electrical cables from the basement and replacing an overburdened fuse box with a properly sized circuit breaker service panel. The old hot water line was completely blocked so we installed new PEX lines to all of the fixtures. We also added ground-fault protection for the electrical outlet.
Bath remodel retains period touches
The old bathroom lacked storage so we built a partition wall at the foot of the new soaking tub/shower and designed a custom, built-in, floor-to-ceiling linen cabinet and comfort height vanity. Curt and Susan wanted to keep the original window, built-in medicine cabinet, and chute to the basement laundry, so we mirrored their style in the new cabinetry and the all-tile shower niches.
The new white subway tile that wraps the lower wall is larger than before, but Curt and our tilesetter collaborated to select narrower tiles above the decorative chair rail to give the bottom more visual weight. We also chose a larger mosaic for the floor tile for the same reason. The original chair rail was accented with blue pencil tile. Susan opted for a black pencil detail in the new bath for a more neutral touch that would accommodate future decorating.
Tub-shower maintains versatility
Although large, luxurious showers are popular in bath remodels today, Susan preferred to stick with the tub shower configuration for versatility and resale appeal in this main hall bath remodel. “The house is meant for families, and it is a lot easier to toss a kid in a tub,” she explained. But the new tub needed to be as deep as the old cast iron tub for soaking.
With the living room ceiling repaired and repainted, the home’s extraordinary main level woodwork is back to its former grandeur.
Susan told Guild Quality, “We are totally satisfied with our APEX bath remodel! Working with Matt and JB was a breeze.” The feeling is mutual. We look forward to returning to remodel the master bath.