Designers: Jill Jarrett and Lauren Villano
Old farmhouses offer charm and character but usually need thoughtful changes to serve the needs of today’s families. This family of four desperately desired a master bath and walk-in closet in keeping with the exceptional features of the home. At the top of the list were a large shower, double vanity, storage space, and a private toilet. Certain nonloadbearing walls needed to be removed, interior doors and woodwork restored, and antique flooring had to be patched so we knew it was important to choose contractors and installers experienced in historic remodeling. A local reproduction furniture maker with national accolades was the perfect choice for the cabinetry, which was hand planed, pegged, and hand finished. The legs on the double vanity were hand turned by Amish woodworkers to add to the farmhouse flair. Marble tops and tile as well as antique-style fixtures were chosen to complement the historic look.