Remodeling A 1920s Bungalow In The Seattle Tacoma Area
Remodeling A 1920s Bungalow In The Seattle Tacoma Area
As a realtor, I have been seduced by the charm of the older
1920’s Craftsman and Queen Ann style Bungalows found in so many communities in
the NW, ie. Seattle, Tacoma, Sumner, Ballard and on and on. These lovely homes
are scattered throughout the NW in all of the areas where the cities started to
grow. These properties have ended up becoming endless design projects for me,
which I thoroughly enjoy! (Mid-century homes, such as those found in Normandy
Park, Redondo and of course the East side, are another favorite of mine but
that is another story).
Presently, I am planning out a bathroom addition in a rental
property that has 3 bedrooms and only 1 bath, not unusual for the 1920's era. I
have a small area to work with, so the bathroom will need to be cozy but
efficient. Only a half bath will fit the
parameters so I need to think about whether I will get enough market value out
of it. In short, yes. I believe any
additional bathrooms that are added, if you have less than 2, is a huge plus! The
value in having three or more bathrooms would depend on the bedroom count,
house size, and a myriad of other factors.
On to my project. With the space being so small, we will
need less prominent bathroom fixtures. So the hunt begins. As I said, the home
was built in the 1920’s, so my first stop was to Earthwise in Seattle, a used
vintage building material salvage, to see if they had any cute corner sinks. I
found a few with some chips and rust stains, but I would have to be a constant
scavenger to find a gem that is in good condition! So the next stop will be checking
the inventories of Lowes and Home Depot, as well as searching for anything
unique and affordable online. I found a perfect, small wall mounted corner
bathroom sink from Vintage Tub & Bath. It’s approximately 16”X16” –
The toilet is another issue. I found a great wall mounted
water closet online, where the tank is inside the wall. It is very sleek and
ideal for tight spaces, but very costly. However, on Vintage Tub & Bath, I
found a Corner toilet that could work.
I have decided to install a pocket door to keep the required
space to a minimum. However, I am undecided on whether I want to take the
trouble to add a window. If I do, it could greatly increase the expense, as I
would need to add a dormer. And if I do that, I might as well install a shower
while I am at it. With all that extra expense, it might not add to the home’s
value enough to warrant the costs incurred…
I have decided to keep the hardwood floors. However, another
era-conscious option would be tile, especially the small octagon tiles if you
can find them. It is very important, when remodeling an older home, to find
era-specific styles to use in your updates. When new styles are used to overlay
antique, vintage styles, they can really clash and decrease the value and
appeal of your home. That doesn’t mean you can’t add some efficiency to your
remodeling, just do it carefully, keeping the integrity of the architectural
design of the home in mind at all times. This bath will also have coved ceilings on one side so
lighting will be another question over the corner sink. What type of light
fixture will mount in a corner? None, so what is the best option here? A
ceiling mount will work best but it won’t light the mirror. . .oh my gosh, the mirror! How do you mount a corner
mirror?! This is why it is important to begin planning before you
contact your contractor. You really need to think all of these questions
through before getting the professionals involved. They will love you for this
and their cost should remain at their original bid costs if you don’t make any
changes during the process. Yes this is challenging in an older home, as there
is always something that comes up. But with good planning you can avoid most of
the pitfalls of a remodel. I will let you know how everything turns out when
the project is completed. Above is a photo of an updated bath that one of my
sellers completed in a 1930s clinker brick tudor that I loved!
As a vintage home enthusiast, working within the integrity
of the original character of the home is the joy of designing! My second
passion, after helping you market and sell your Real Estate!
More to come in about a month!
Gini Anderson CRS
Anderson Homes & Land with Keller Williams RE PS
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