A Victorian Bathroom Remodel for a Young Family

When the Libeson family purchased a dark, cramped Victorian row house in San Francisco, they hired Jeff King & Company and Feldman Architecture to tackle the kitchen and bathroom remodel–and add some fun elements, such as the grab bars that are stacked like a submarine ladder in the kids’ bathroom.

“Because you want to come home and enjoy your time there,” homeowner Kenneth Libeson says, “your house should be fun.”

He’s right. So if you’re contemplating a family-friendly bathroom remodel, you’ll want to check out these tips from the experts:

A tile floor in shades of blue, porthole-shaped mirrors and industrial cage scones bring out the nautical look of this children’s bathroom. Created with contrasting penny round tile, a river runs through the floor. A built-in cubby gives storage at just the right height, and a few fishy accessories add to the fun. (Photo: Paul Dyer Photography)

For a Kid-Friendly Bath:

A children’s bathroom can be both practical and playful. When you plan your next bathroom remodel, maximize bath-time fun with splash-proof materials and a design that keeps small ones’ height in mind.

1. Be creative with the flooring. The penny round tile in this children’s bath has a contrasting color suggesting flowing water. It isn’t expensive to add a design—it just takes imagination and coordination with your tiler.

2. Towels don’t have to hang on towel bars.  Here grab bars are stacked like a submarine ladder so kids can literally climb the walls.

3. Consider outside light fixtures for indoor use.  These industrial scones and warehouse pendant are unexpected choices that fit the nautical theme.

4. Don’t sheetrock over potential storage space. This cubby “carved” into the wall is complete with a shelf, hooks and a different paint color.

This stunning powder room features a reclaimed Douglas fir vanity top, a vessel sink with exposed plumbing and an unexpected floor to ceiling mirror. The clean-lined pendant lets the vibrant wallpaper be the star of the room. (Photo: Paul Dyer Photography)

For a Fun Powder Room:

Since you’ll see your powder room only occasionally, try some bolder elements than you might in an “everyday” room.

1. Reuse found materials: The builder uncovered Douglas fir framing during the demo—perfect for turning into a vanity top that speaks to the home’s history.

2. Rethink mirror placement: Not all bathroom mirrors need to be centered above the counter.  Here an asymmetrical mirror runs floor to ceiling adding light and drama.

3. Be playful with interior walls: This bold wallpaper looks like a modern take on a floral Victorian motif. Look more closely and see there are actually images of light bulbs hidden in the design.

4. Consider location: The ideal spot for a powder room is tucked away and private yet accessible to the downstairs. With a little reconfiguring, this powder room opens off the hallway.

For more advice from the experts behind this bathroom remodel–Jeff King & Company and Feldman Architecture–check out our premiere issue of Kitchens & Baths magazine.

Written by Susan Thomas Springer

Photography by Paul Dyer Photography




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