Traveling back in time in Summit Hill

Over time, a bathroom will see trends come and go – think of the infamous avocado bathrooms of the ’70s. Adapting to design trends can be a hassle and expensive. When remodeling, you want it to last. So, like the homeowner of this 1902 Greek Revival-Victorian home in Summit Hill, many opt for a timeless approach. Alongside designer Judy Kurtz, we used new materials to recreate a vintage look, preserving the bathroom’s historical charm and making it blend seamlessly with the rest of the home.

Before & After

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Walk-In Shower, Ample Vanity Space

We made some changes to the layout to improve the bathroom. While we kept most things in the same place, we enlarged the shower to a walk-in style and added a larger vanity. This meant removing a wall and switching to just one toilet instead of having a toilet and bidet.


Creating Historic Design with Tile

Tile can truly change a room, not just with its different shapes, patterns, and textures, but also with how and where it’s placed. A tile border on the floor goes around the room, while the marble hex field tile sits inset. On the tile wainscotting, traditional subway tile and handmade Clay Squared to Infinity tile accents. This timeless bathroom feels like it could be in a historic building!

Before & After

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Blending Old and New

Drawing inspiration from the bathroom’s original window casing and built-in linen closet, we integrated these timeless details into the overall design, accentuating the beauty and craftsmanship of the wood elements throughout the space.


Built-In Cabinetry

Here’s a closer look at the existing built-in. Inside, you’ll find a fold-down ironing board and an outlet behind the floor-length mirror, making it convenient for ironing, given the nearby dressing room.


Personal Touches

The stained glass piece above the mirror is from the farmhouse where the homeowner grew up and has a matching one in the adjacent dressing room. It’s backlit to mimic a window. Additionally, there is plenty of storage on both sides of the sink to store beauty care products, toiletries, and anything else they need.


Daily Escape

For many, stepping into the shower is a daily escape. A built-in bench offers a moment of rest to let the warm water wash away the day’s stress. The half wall allows sunlight to stream in, brightening the shower without sacrificing privacy. This timeless bathroom, with its thoughtful design and serene ambiance, is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Team Credits

Designer: Katie Post
Project Manager: Tom Claessens
Architect: Judy Kurtz
Photos: Troy Theis

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Craftsmanship and Judgement

Ben Quie and his team were reliable, honest, creative, and fun. During the project, we knew we could trust Ben’s advice and leadership at every turn. Now, as we enjoy our renovated home, we are grateful every day for Ben Quie & Sons’ craftsmanship and judgment.

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