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Spacious Bath, Classic Home

Local designers add a spacious and luxurious master bathroom while preserving historic home details

Emily Minton Redfield

“You would never find a master bath this large and open in a 1907 Denver Square Craftsman home,” says designer Angela Otten of William Ohs. But a new addition allowed Otten and architectural designer Josh Hayton, of The Iris Building Group, to introduce modern amenities and space while staying true to historic details. “We reproduced Craftsman details that are present throughout the house,” Otten says. While she designed the custom vanities, Hayton introduced vintage-style materials with a slightly modern bent. Beveled marble subway tiles provide depth and a bit of edge. “Carried into the shower and around the tub, the subway tiles tie the whole bathroom together,” Hayton says. He mixed in larger blocks of marble on the walls, while tiny marble tiles on the floor hint at historic patterns.

The designers opted for a modern, flowing layout in the bathroom, keeping it open and airy. “Decorative Craftsman-style beams and columns at the end of the twin vanities give the room definition while drawing the eye to the tub and window,” Hayton says. He added to the open feeling by flooding the room with light from large windows around the tub and glass block windows in the marble-encased steam shower. Reproduction period lighting finishes off the room with Craftsman style.

Josh’s bathroom design tips for historic homes:

  • Use symmetry to create focus and define space in a master bath.
  • Select materials that are timeless and durable, especially when renovating an historic space. This bathroom remodel will last another 100 years.
  • Install a range of different fixtures in a large shower—rain head, fixed head, body sprays, hand held and steam—for a spa-like experience.

Designers: Angela Otten, William Ohs Denver

Josh Hayton, The Iris Building Group Denver

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