Weissman Guest Bath

Berkeley, California

• 2002 Preservation Award, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
• 2002 Small Firms, Great Projects Exhibit, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco
• “Putting the Craft Back in a Craftsman,” Fine Homebuilding, Winter, 2003

Putting the Craft Back in a Craftsman

This bathroom was featured in Fine Homebuilding for its creative tilework. The owners of this 1905 Craftsmen home wanted modern conveniences with a more traditional look for their Guest Bath. Plumbing fixtures were replaced with historically-inspired fixtures and the 3/4-height wall at the bathtub was replaced with a ½-height wall and L-shaped stainless steel curtain rod to gain more light and spaciousness. 1" hexagon floor tiles and 3"x6" ceramic wainscot tiles were selected because they were common in early Craftsman bungalows. The success of this elegant tile design is a result of much craftsmanship. The tilesetter resolved a very precise tile design on a 45-degree hex-angle while both floors and walls were severely out of plumb. Traditional wall sconces complete the bungalow look.