Borrowing Space for Bathrooms

Oakland, CA

We remodeled two full Bathrooms at a new home for an old client.

At the Master Bathroom:

  • We created a modern full Bathroom with a separate shower and tub by expanding into an adjacent closet. The rest of the borrowed space became the cabinet and niche facing the hall.
  • Levitch created a custom floating vanity cabinet with two sinks instead of the single sink there previously. We fabricated the cabinet in our shop from Kirei Board, which is an environmentally-friendly material made from sorghum straw.
  • The client liked the green glass tile from another Bathroom remodel so much he decided to use it here also. The floor is covered in dark gray, large format tiles.

At the guest Bathroom:

  • For this “Jack and Jill” Bathroom accessible from both the Media Room and Guest Bedroom, we borrowed space from the adjacent Media Room closet to enlarge the very tight shower.
  • A black and white color scheme features gray and black mosaic tile floors, white wall and shower tile, and a custom white floating vanity also built by Levitch, with black accents.

Since we were remodeling both of the client’s Bathrooms, we staged construction and set up a temporary shower so that he would have Bathroom facilities available throughout construction.

We  overcame some additional challenges since the project is in a condo building.

  • While we protect existing spaces as a normal part of our remodeling work, we had to adhere to strict rules about construction access and protecting adjacent areas from damage during construction, including placing and removing temporary floor protection at the beginning and end of every work day.
  • In order to move plumbing to accommodate new fixture locations, we had to drill into the building’s concrete floors.

 

“Maurice and his team are the best, from start to finish. This is my third project with them, and I’m confident there’ll be a fourth.”

N. S.

Photography by Treve Johnson

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