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Double Take: Bathroom on a Budget

A renovation designed to withstand three teenage boys

Floral wallpaper and a flimsy shower curtain don’t translate to masculine and durable—two priorities Faith Levy had for her boys’ bathroom, which the previous owner had added upstairs. The Levys’ third priority was staying within budget, as the family was renovating three bathrooms at once in their 1920s Druid Hills home.

Faith hired Roger DeWeese, owner of the architecture firm The Haralson Group, after seeing one of his projects in a magazine. For the upstairs space, she requested a current, more mature look. And because her three teenage boys are tough on surfaces, the materials needed to sustain wear and tear. “The bathroom looked beat-up and dated, and the sloping ceiling over the shower made it difficult to hang a workable shower curtain,” she says.

To keep costs down, DeWeese kept the existing countertop, tub, toilet, and tile. This allowed them to spend more of the $8,000 to $10,000 budget on heavy-duty hardware and decorative accents such as glass mosaic tiles.

 
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For durability’s sake, “we installed additional standard white tile on walls that were regularly exposed to moisture and scuffs,” he says. And the vinyl shower curtain was replaced with a glass enclosure. New chrome faucets and towel bars take a beating better than the old polished brass ones, which really dated the room.

The wallpaper also screamed eighties, and the busy floral pattern closed in the tight space. “We kept to a palette of light colors to visually expand the small room, which has a skylight but not windows,” DeWeese says. “Rather than go with a typical blue for the boys, we proposed a gray-green and white palette. When [Faith] saw the finishes, I remember the thoughtful look on her face as she said, ‘It’s so grown up.’ It was one of those moments that all parents experience when they realize they are losing their children to adulthood.”

Photographs by Lynn McGill

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