Unused Space Transformed into Charming Powder Room in a Webster Groves Bungalow

In Webster Groves, St. Louis, with its leafy streets and historic houses, renovations often mean finding creative ways to add modern amenities. For this family, that meant finding a way to squeeze a powder room into an existing floor plan.

The homeowners wanted the new powder room built in a seldom used corner of the family room. Matt Mierek, the owner of AptitudeDesign & Build, looked at the available space and, after taking some measurements, agreed he could build the small powder room in a way that would comply with the City of Webster Groves’ building code.

Protecting the homeowner’s property from construction debris

Of course, any construction project done in the center of a family’s living space, and right beside the kitchen, needs extra care. So, the Aptitude team used heavy duty drop cloths and dust protection during the entire project.

Powder room construction and rough in

The project began with demolition to remove the walls and ceiling. With the studs exposed, Aptitude’s carpenters began framing the new walls.

The plumbing was next. New water and waste lines were run from the basement and roughed into the framing.

Lastly, the electrical wiring for the lights, the light switch, and the GFCI power outlet were pulled from the basement.

When the drywall was hung, and the powder room finally felt like it was taking shape, it was time to install fixtures and decorative finishes.

Adding the finishing touches

Instead of using tile on the walls, the homeowners opted for shiplap.

Shiplap timber (rough-sawn wood planks that until recently were used to build sheds) is becoming a very ‘now’ design element. Its rustic charm works beautifully in this tiny powder room.

The custom concrete sink and counter top are also worth a mention. The homeowner wanted to use an old 1920s milk cart instead of a vanity cabinet. The talented team at Aptitude organized the fabrication of the unique concrete sink and its attachment to the cart.

On the floor, Aptitude tile installers laid blue-gray hex tiles. The small tiles are a practical choice because they are easy to clean and slip proof. From a design perspective, they add to the room’s unique texture palette.

“This is a very small bathroom with a really cool look that matches the rest of the home,” said Matt.

Homeowners are delighted with their new powder room

This tiny, but charming powder room is now the family’s pride and joy. The new space seamlessly blends into the existing floor plan and brings charm and functionality to the home.