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Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
April 2006

Room for Improvement
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The Challenge: Built in 1894, this Historic Denver award-winning home was dilapidated when Jan Metzler inherited it in 2002.

The original bathroom was a tight, cramped space with a slanted ceiling. Metzler wanted to enlarge the room enough for it to be shared by the two bedrooms on either side.

The Solution: Using additional space from the attic, architect Virginia DuBrucq, AIA, (303) 698-2200, and builder Cress Carter of Old Greenwich Builders, (303) 333-2234, created a larger bathroom plus a small laundry room. Because of the slanted ceiling, the pedestal sink was placed in front of the window, with a mirror off to the side.  Beadboard wainscoting, originally found in the kitchen,

was reproduced for the upstairs space. Metzler extensively researched period lighting and found the overhead sconce, which is a Victorian reproduction piece.

Windows: The original glass was preserved, while the stair-rail was added to meet modern building codes. Garner Lyons Historic Window, (303) 830-2320

Sink: Clean and simple, this sink saves much-needed space. Toto Dartmouth pedestal sink, Eurobath + Tile, (303) 298-8453, eurobath-tile.com.

Tub: The tub proves that modern amenities can blend into historical spaces. Thermo-Masseur TMU 533, Eurobath + Tile, (303) 298-8453, eurobath-tile.com.

Tile: The neutral palette of these procelain tiles give the space a clean, classic look. Capco Tile & Stone, (303) 759-1919, capcotile.com.
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