A designer revives a charming but worn claw-foot tub and pedestal sink, and adds up-to-date conveniences
On the outskirts of downtown Victoria, British Columbia, sits a designated heritage building constructed in 1907 by architect David Herbert Bale as his personal home and workshop. After stints as a health-care facility and an office space, the building has now been returned to its roots as a luxury live-work space for a businessman working in the financial industry. The upper floor is for living, while the main floor houses the owner’s business office. Designer Leanne McKeachie and her client worked hard to preserve the architect’s original aesthetic, deftly merging modern conveniences with period-appropriate detailing. Nowhere is the attentiveness to detail more evident than in the home’s master bathroom.
Bathroom at a Glance
Who lives here: A businessman in the financial industry
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Size: 144 square feet (13.4 square meters)
Designer: Leanne McKeachie Design
For the shower, the homeowner wanted a curbless entry and a linear drain, so the team restructured the floor to create the appropriate slope to avoid a curb. Though the original floor tile was in a state of disrepair and could not be salvaged, McKeachie snagged a nearly identical style to replace it with. The shower walls are clad in faux marble tile from Neolith. The man-made material is less porous than marble and therefore better suited to wet-room applications.
The mirror behind the sink was custom-framed for the space and, along with the room’s light fixtures, pulls together the black details in the floor tile and the lead of the stained-glass window. Barely perceptible in this photo is a recessed medicine cabinet nested within the drywall. It is on the wall to the right of the sink and opens with a touch latch — no need for protrusive hardware.
The elegant new door hardware is almost an exact match to the antique brass knobs found elsewhere in the home.