Creating a Modern Bathroom in a Historic Kansas City Home

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Last updated on January 14, 2021


Living in a historic home is a dream for many and the beautiful 19th century houses in Kansas City’s midtown area offer all the character, charm and space that one could desire. However, the homes – while certainly large enough – typically aren’t optimized for modern living. That isn’t a deal breaker, though. Take it from Schloegel Design Remodel Designer Gayle, who designed this exquisite and contemporary bathroom in Kansas City’s historic Janssen neighborhood.

Originally, this primarybathroom had a tub, one pedestal sink and two entrances, one from a corner bedroom and the other from the primarybedroom. A closet in the primarybedroom protruded into the bathroom, reducing the usable space. Gayle said the homeowners came to her wanting an updated primarybath which would accommodate a double vanity and large shower, while getting rid of the tub. The homeowners also wanted more closet space – something usually lacking in older homes.

Before Bathroom 

Gayle solved many of the problems by converting the corner bedroom into a large walk-in closet (this would also house the washing machine and dryer). With the new closet, she eliminated the primarybedroom closet, giving her the space in the bathroom for a large shower and double vanity.

The combination of marble and glass tile give the bathroom a modern, yet classical look that is certainly eye-catching. She kept the pre-existing cabinets that were built in around the windows to honor the original personality of this magnificent home.

In the primarybedroom, the homeowners opted for bookcases along the wall where the closet was and in a corner. Gayle sorted the books by color to give the room even more character.


Do you have bathroom remodeling on the mind? Contact a Schloegel expert today to learn more!