We're in the process of purchasing a home built in 1920 and with many original features intact, including solid oak floors and marble fireplaces in all the rooms. All the walls are painted white, with white wood pannelling around the bottom and doors everywhere! (Lots of storage space, bookshelves etc, but all behind doors).
It's currently divided into 2 flats which we're planning to knock together. The smaller flat has a fitted kitchen and bathroom, which we'll keep while and live in while renovating the other part. The other flat has a derelict old kitchen, with just a sink, which we will remove, to convert it into a bedroom.
The sink is gorgeous - a wide but shallow solid marble sink, which I would love to reuse in the 2nd bathroom (which needs gutting and redoing from scratch), instead of two basins. We could sit it on a cabinet and add 2 wall-mounted taps. Does this sound feasible?
What else could we add, so it doesn't look too out of place? The bathroom is only tiny, but we want to put in a bath and toilet. What style of bath would go? What colour scheme? (the sink is a warm beige and I was thinking of dark brown floor, with cream walls and gold accents) What floor covering would you go for? I like the 1920s mosaic tiles, but I'm worried it would look too dingy in such a small room?
DH and I are quite proficient DIYers, but we've never attempted to renovate in the period style before and have no idea about period décor, nor what's currently fashionable in terms of interior design. I've googled a bit, but not found much regarding bathrooms!
Sounds lovely OP. Our house is a 1923 4 bed semi and lots of hard work. I love it though for the original features. I can't add much more except to warn of one job creating another that needs doing, but you may be aware of this anyway. I was shocked at how long it took to do everything, even general maintenance takes longer than newer builds. The scope to be able to change the function of rooms is second to none and makes these houses so versatile. We have gone for traditional period looks but I think they can look quite nice with a modern twist. Good luck, hope you enjoy the journey. 13 years later we are due to start the décor all over again now
I lived in two interwar houses as a child, both in Kent, and my grandparents had one in Sussex, and they had all been built with indoor bathrooms and loos (more than one - an upstairs one for the family and a downstairs one for servants/trade).
Well, there isn't room for huge anything, to be honest! We'll be switching things around and removing one of the doors (or keeping it locked at the very least). I've pretty much come up with a workable floor plan for the size, but it's the style of bath/toilet and the colour scheme I'm not sure about and can't get dh to agree to