DESIGN TRENDS COME AND GO, and in no room is that more apparent than the bathroom. Whether you’re remodeling or building new, the endless choices for materials and fixtures can be overwhelming. Regardless of whether you’re springing for a new master retreat or sprucing up the family bath, the question is how to create a bathroom that will still look fresh years from now. Four Oregon designers show us how it’s done.
MARINE INDUSTRIAL IN ASTORIA
In order to maintain the historical integrity of the house and save the windows, architect Daryl Rantis of Green Hammer embraced the challenge they presented. First, he kept an existing builtin chest of drawers along one wall to provide ample storage. Then he banked double sinks along the second wall and designed the vanity to look like a piece of furniture. This solution ultimately required a stylish fix for the placement of the mirrors.
Inspired by sliding shoji screens, Rantis had Green Hammer craftsman fabricate hardware that allows the unframed mirrors to slide across the windows as needed. The hardware’s chunky lines provide a pleasing contrast to the bathroom’s more traditional details—the marble-clad shower, classic cabinetry and casework. Similarly, Rantis paired a geometric towel warmer with the sink. “Both were an opportunity for the functional to become ornamentation,” he says. Today, the new bathroom looks like it originated with the house and, thanks to the salvaged windows, bathes its owner in welcoming light every morning.