An Arts & Crafts Bathroom
When Colleen showed me the photograph of a Mission bathroom, and said, “This is what I want!” I realized that the most important thing was that she get all the features on her list, so I asked a lot of questions. And I addressed a lot of details. Only when she had approved a drawing (see below) did I really create a plan of attack for creating the 18 drawers, 3 doors, panelled walls, tile, and structural changes.
We had some difficulties to address.
But once these problems were addressed we were off to the races. I bought very good quality drawer and door handles.
Colleen wanted a reddish brown stain. We used a very dark stain recipe and then applied a reddish glaze on top. This is what they did a century ago and it worked quite well for us.
The trick in choosing the wood, and later in the final finish, is to make the quarter-
But the end result was to give her a great deal of storage, a luxurious and restful bathing experience, and a glimpse into a kind of woodwork that dominated the early twentieth century and is still immensely popular. All of this was built to code.
The need for a building permit. All jobs which have changes to plumbing, electrical, and structure need a permit. The role of the Building Inspector is to make sure your home is safe and well built. I’ve never felt that inspections were a hassle, but they are very exacting, so I employ subcontractors who are conversant with the building codes. And I myself stay in touch with changes to the code.
On this job, I didn’t know until near the end of the job how I would make the Tiffany
Lamp above the tub pass inspection. As it turned out, I was able to take the factory
supplied light out of the fixture and substitute a small “battleship light” to take
its place. This barely fit into the fixture, but once installed, was un-
All tubs, tub enclosures, and showers must have valves which protect the home owner
from scalding. This was a challenge with this tub. The faucet included with the tub,
while beautiful, was not scald protected. The codes are very specific. We had to
place an anti-
A drawing like this is very helpful. As the work progressed however, there were several opportunities to improve on our original concept. An “art project” like this one has to have a bit of flexibility built in.
For example, Colleen noticed that we could gain some additional space by removing part of a large chase (at the left in the picture below). This additional space helped me install a longer and stronger beam under the tub.