The basement, with its newly soaring ceiling of 6'4" (gained in the replacement of the sagging kitchen floor joists), became the obvious choice for a two-piece bathroom. The new half bath will be just down the stairs and to the left, beside the laundry room, and en route to the wine cellar. As with everything in an old house, this half bathroom presented some real technical hurdles for us to overcome. In particular, the toilet, being lower than our ancient sewer connection, requires a pump to propel the sewage up to the sewer line. Fascinating, eh?
|The Liberty "Low Pro System"|
|The half bath plan, rendered in 3-d by N using SketchUp|
You'll notice in the floor plan above that the area between the bathroom and the stairs, and into which we will put a removable pull-out pantry, is strategically located to provide a narrow access route that a plumber (or an unfortunate apprentice) could squeeze through to get to the pump in emergencies.
Fixtures and Finishes
|Tongue and Groove boards--great price for 6' lengths|
N and my dad made a beautiful door using the same tongue in groove boards. The 'z' support and general style is the same design as the original basement doors.
|The lovely simple new door, and a glimpse at the tongue and groove paneling in the background|
|Two of our original cellar doors|
Most of the bathroom fixtures we chose are from Restoration Hardware, including the vanity:
|The Weathered Oak Single Console Sink from Restoration Hardware|
the faucet ( a less expensive alternative to the Waterworks Easton we have in the main bathroom):
|The Bistro Faucet from Restoration Hardware|
|The 1920s Factory Sconce from Restoration Hardware|
We are still looking for a mirror. The small recessed cupboard over the toilet will have a door cut from the original door to the small pantry that was demolished in the kitchen renovation.
We are going to frame, or at least plaque-mount, a nautical chart of St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia, to hang on one wall. N and I visit Nova Scotia every summer and spend hours kayaking and boating in this little part of the world. We'd like to find a library lamp with a short extension to illuminate the chart.
|Library Picture Light from Elte, also available in polished nickel|
|Tongue and groove paneling carefully scribed to the brick veneer wall|
|Pietra/2 'fiora' from Casa Dolce Casa|
The floor was tiled by our tile setter with tile left over from our kitchen floor. It's a gorgeous Italian porcelain tile from Casa Dolce Casa in the colour fiora. It's meant to mimic limestone, but I think it's beautiful in its own right, and it's indestructible.