ABOUT THE PROJECT
In 2005, a condo conversion gave Felix the opportunity to buy an apartment in the Williamsburg building where she had rented for three years. Although she considered renovating the spacious but “grim” rental-grade bathroom at the time, she procrastinated…for over a decade. It wasn’t until 2016 that she pulled the trigger, but the results were well worth the wait.
With a bright new master bathroom, a brand new extra powder room, a washer/dryer closet, and an entryway closet, the project incorporated clean lines and Scandinavian-inspired design throughout the new spaces that blended seamlessly with the loft-style apartment.
The original vision of a “Scandinavian feel” was brought to life through gray and white finishes with wood and colorful accents. In the full bath, a gray slate tile for the floor was used to contrast against the white bathtub, toilet, and vanity. For the walls, a matte white subway tile from Nemo Tile was chosen, intending to lay it horizontally, but changed direction when it was discovered that the tile fit perfectly along the tub when laid vertically. A glass partition maintains the overall minimalist look. Alan’s team recessed a large mirrored medicine cabinet into the wall, providing ample storage. The understated palette of the permanent fixtures meant that she could change out bright hooks and towels without having to worry about clashing colors.
In the powder room, Felix carried through the same minimal design and materials, with wall-mounted fixtures that maximize floor space. Although the decision to wall-mount the toilet complemented the overall design, it was borne of necessity: during demo, Alan discovered that a steel beam ran through the floor where the toilet would have stood, making it impossible to run the necessary plumbing. He made use of his extensive network and had a different model delivered with minimal delay.