Accessible Bathroom Remodel in Milwaukee - Kowalske Kitchen & Bath

Accessible Bathroom Remodel in Milwaukee

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Vintage Bathroom Remodel in Milwaukee

The design of this bathroom remodel fits this 1930s home with a built-in linen cabinet, a leaded glass window, 3 arched doorways, and historic trim, doors and door knobs. This 1930s bathroom remodel in Milwaukee’s Story Hill neighborhood includes accessibility features including grab bars, a walk-in shower and a handheld showerhead.

The goals of this project: 

  • Maintain the historic charm of the 1930s bathroom
  • Design with accessibility features for aging in place 

Highlights of this Milwaukee Bathroom Remodel: 

  • Walk-In Shower & Bathtub – The homeowners wanted their bathroom to include accessibility features. We added grab bars and reinforced some areas for future grab bars if needed. The walk-in shower has a minimal threshold and a handheld showerhead for easy use. 
  • Heated Floors & Built-In Linen Cabinet – A built-in linen cabinet had been deteriorating over the years and was partly unusable because of the radiator being in the way. We removed the radiator and installed electric floors as the heat source. We also refaced, painted and added roll outs behind the bottom doors of the cabinet. 
  • New Vanity – The homeowners needed more storage and countertop space so we replaced the pedestal sink with a vanity. A traditional style faucet fixture looks similar to what you would have originally seen in this 1930s home. The countertop is quartz that looks like a classic marble without the maintenance of marble. A traditional profile edge gives it an elevated look. A new medicine cabinet over the sink also provides storage in a bathroom the entire family uses. 
  • Arched Doorways – This bathroom features three arched doorways – one in the entryway, one over the bathtub and one near the toilet. Our team carefully worked around the arches, as It was important to keep these architectural elements.  
  • Tilework – The patterned floor tile is a fresh take on the traditional black and white historical bathrooms. It pairs seamlessly with the traditional subway tile walls and hexagon shower floor tile.
  • Historic Design Elements – Custom doors and trim match the existing in the home, as well as door knobs. It was important to salvage and clean up the leaded glass window and keep the existing arches. Beadboard walls, cabinet hardware and overhead lighting were carefully selected to fit the period of the home. 

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Project Details

Project Year: 2023

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Updates Included: Master Bathroom

Features: Handicap Accessible Zero Entry Shower, Custom Vanity, Quartz Counters, Heated Floors, Tiled Shower and Floors, Delta Faucet, Cast Iron Kohler Bathtub, Beadboard Walls, Medicine Cabinet, Vintage Lighting & Grab Bars

Estimated Cost: $100,000 – $120,000

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