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Modern Bungalow Primary Bath

We are continuing our Pandemic Project blog series with this Bungalow Bathroom.


Renovation in Nashville, Tennessee. A must see, so read on! This project is near and dear to me not only because of the charm and character of the home, but also because it was for a repeat client (and friend). I worked on this house when he first purchased it a few years ago, and then when he decided to renovate, he called me back in! Both projects I managed for the homeowner who doesn’t live in Nashville full-time, so this is his home away from home so to speak. Built in 1940 and located in the historic overlay of Belmont-Hillsboro, this cottage-style bungalow had great bones, but needed some love and attention. (And boy if these walls could talk, what they could tell us about the happenings and redevelopment around Nashville!) So many of these older beauties are purchased for the location, then torn down and replaced with a more modern home. I was thrilled to work with this client on updating and renovating his home with his family's modern needs in mind, while maintaining the character and features worth preserving. This project is packed with so many stories but for the sake of keeping this blog to a reasonable length, I want to focus on the Primary Bathroom Renovation.


Mixing and Matching Tile with a Fabulous Result!

Our client prefers a clean, contemporary, light-filled look but also wanted to stay true to the bungalow style in his recent home renovation. We updated the space with some remodeling and a new addition built onto the back of the home, using part of an existing bedroom to create the primary bathroom! Colorful tile choices with a mix of blues and greens brought some life and some charm into the previously dated space.


The fluted wood vanity and glass mosaic tile add interest and color with contemporary style.

An Unexpected Bathroom Renovation

We thought outside the box on this renovation (pun intended) when we turned an existing bedroom into the primary bathroom ensuite. A new primary bedroom was created with the addition to the back of the house. Since this involved architectural changes and permitting in a historic overlay district, we hired the expertise of an architect, Jennifer Bagwell (who was fabulous and so helpful with the historic overlay requirements!) and contractor, Crosspoint Construction. In another blog, Renovation Help: When to DIY or Hire a Pro, I give some pro tips on projects homeowners can attempt on their own and projects that are best left to experienced contractors.

A truly luxurious suite with the new primary bathroom and bedroom addition.

Challenge Accepted!

My client wanted this bathroom to be large and luxurious, but also fit the character of the home. A design challenge that I was ready for! Now it may seem counterintuitive to pare down a window, but that is just what we did to make room for the spacious walk-in shower. The bathroom, however, is not dark. How did we accomplish this feat? The use of color, glass, and light. My client wanted color in the space but didn’t want dark and moody. Although we used blue tile in the shower and other places, we kept the selections light and bright (almost white!) for the walls, the floor tile and the countertop. The glass enclosure of the shower, as well as the mirrors above the vanity reflect light, which make the space feel brighter too.


Design by Home by Hattan. Photography by Adrienne Figueroa.

Hand-cut glass mosaic tile by Stone Source. Mitered Countertop by Caesarstone. Window by Pella Windows & Doors.

Details, Details

The tile design selections for this renovation were colorful yet calming, calling on shades of color found in sky and sea. The shower has three walls with floor-to-ceiling subway tile…a gorgeous shade of blue with coordinating penny tile for the base (tile from Lia Tile + Stone). Across from the shower is the fluted wood vanity by James Martin, which was topped with a custom mitered edge quartz countertop provided by Smokey Mountain Tops. The backsplash above the vanity is the icing on the cake: an irresistible iridescent glass mosaic from Stone Source, which complements the shower and vanity perfectly! We repeated this same hand-cut glass mosaic tile in the niche of the shower. The results were beautiful!


Selections for Primary Bathroom


Small But Vital

Not to be outdone, the other two bathrooms in the home received some updates as well. In the hall bathroom downstairs, we decided to keep the original tile floor as well as the light fixtures to retain some of that authentic charm. We replaced the tub, adding frameless glass doors and white 3x12 ceramic tile for shower walls. The original sink was a pedestal sink that did not afford any storage, so we switched to a stand-alone vanity, in a gorgeous blue-green color, the homeowner's favorite color, and accented it with Sherwin Williams Sea Salt on the walls.















The upstairs bathroom was cute, as it was built into an attic dormer, but it lacked functionality and needed more space. We replaced the existing sink and cabinet with a larger vanity and new quartz countertop to provide more storage and more usable space. We selected a large format hexagon marble tile for the floor, 3x12 ceramic tile installed vertically to draw the eye up to the ceiling, penny tile for the base and glass enclosure. The new wall color for both bathrooms is a relaxing soft green.


Guest Bathroom After Renovation

Design by Home by Hattan. Tile from Lia Tile + Stone.
















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Take a step today in renewing your love of home (and your bathroom) and Schedule a free Discovery Call with me. Working with clients on full-service design renovations or design selections for a renovation sometimes involves balancing one's personal style with the style of the home, as we did in this Primary Bathroom Renovation.

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