Having recently bought their first home — a bungalow in Napa’s historic district — Carlisle and Paul Englehardt were eager to renovate the awkward, outdated bathroom. The young couple with an interest in historic preservation wanted the new design to pay homage to the period of the home but also feel like an upscale luxury hotel bathroom.
Bathroom at a Glance
Who lives here: Carlisle and Paul Englehardt
Location: Napa, California
Size: 60 square feet (5.6 square meters); 10 by 6 feet (3 by 1.8 meters)
Designer: Lisa Mende Design
BEFORE: Bathroom layouts in older houses can be clumsy, and this one was no exception. The shower was in the middle of the bathroom, awkwardly dividing the space and obscuring natural light from the window, which overlooks a toilet.
Aside from the cumbersome plan, the beige floor tile and wainscoting made the bathroom feel even darker and amplified its utilitarian, unwelcoming vibe. When this photo was taken, the Englehardts had already removed dark Victorian-style floral wallpaper on the upper wall.
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