Best of Design: Renovated Bathroom

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Photographs BY TYLER NORMAN Pictures

When Kristen and Tom Reinecke moved from New York to Pittsburgh, they fell in really like with Fox Chapel — and with the 1960s-period Colonial-model house they located there.

They also realized they would will need to wholly intestine about 75 p.c of it, together with the cramped key rest room.

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Their have to-haves were simple—a twin vainness, amplified storage and a shower major enough that they wouldn’t bump their elbows off the walls. But making it take place would take some serious reconfiguration.

Doing work with designer Christine McCall and architect Gwen Dakis of dragonARCH consulting, llc, the pair opted to use an current closet and an adjacent bed room to create a main suite with a bed room, expanded major bath and a custom-designed key closet.

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“The largest obstacle for us was just earning the ideal use of the area simply because it continue to was noticeably little, even although we had acquired … excess sq. footage,” suggests McCall.

Element of the solution arrived from a personalized vanity with tall drawers and a extended shelf underneath that’s great for catchall baskets.

For the reason that the Reineckes favor a lot more contemporary design aspects, McCall stored issues clean, basic and fresh new by utilizing light blue, grey and white hues. The typical ticking stripe wallpaper on the substantial wall behind the vanity provides desire with no turning into fast paced and also delivers a backdrop for the extended oval mirrors.

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Judge Carissa Smith of Cleveland-based mostly AoDK Architecture appreciated how a great deal assumed went into making each and every detail perform alongside one another.

“Everything was believed-via from the detailing of the gold components, to guaranteeing crisp and clear traces during the room,” she states. “I love the long, horizontal base cabinets and how it contrasts in a delicate manner to the gentle vertical pattern of the wallcovering. The blue shade is quite lush from the gold hardware.”

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In the shower, McCall performed with the scale and pattern of the marble-search tile to generate a lot more fascination in the scaled-down house. Antique brass shower heads incorporate a pop of colour. The few also designed the popular preference to ditch the tub in the main bath, permitting for a far more magnificent shower.

Fortunately, renovations on the overall household wrapped just ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and Kristen Reinecke suggests, in the conclusion, all the rearranging of house was worth it.

“We desired some thing small-servicing and calm—just an simple, wonderful, soothing place,” she suggests. “Christine was equipped to do that.”


  • Architectural Style and design: Gwen Dakis, dragonARCH consulting, llc.
  • Interior Style: Christine McCall Household.
  • Common Contractor: Ivan Shulikov, Shly Construction.
  • Cabinetry: Brogna Types Custom made Woodworking.
  • Components: Rejuvenation.
  • Plumbing Fixtures: Watersource by Don’s Appliances.
  • Flooring + Tile: Contact of Shade Flooring.
  • Shower Glass: Rex Glass.
  • Countertops: Supreme Granite & Stone.
  • Wallpaper Set up: Cliff Hayes Paperhanging Co.
  • Mirrors: McGee & Co.
  • Lighting: Circa Lighting.
  • Window Treatment options: Karen Garrity Layouts.