Friday, October 26, 2012
☞ BESPOKE: The Classic Modern Harlem Bath
Marble or mosaic floors are a natural finishing for century old townhouse and each bath has some sort of element that alludes to this. Subway tiles with border trims either in ceramic or marble are another distinct feature. Double sinks in a console or cabinet layout also appear to be as popular as the well as the appropriate pedestal sink. Shower fixture and faucets allude to Victorian lavatory plumbing and multiple cross handles are a must (the less expensive way to configure the plumbing is setting up the single handle variation).
The last photo is an example of modern and contemporary flourishes that also seem to work since it contrasts textures and colors. Wide, dark slate panels on the wall provide a striking background to the lighter mosaic floor tiles while the pedestal sink and toilet keeps the continuity of the classic aesthetic. Mosaic floors with this type of greek key border were commonly used in foyers at the turn of the century and some manufacturers still sell them today.
Contemporary elements such as glass tiles, pebble textures and bamboo were considered modern a couple of years back but already look dated. Keeping a washroom updated with electrical, venting and plumbing upgrades are a must but renovating these rooms to match the original details seem to pay off at the end with the brownstone buyer.
For more on these record selling homes, check out our past posts:
30 West 120th Street Brownstone
105 West 122nd Street Brownstone
357 West 121st Street Brownstone