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    When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts of horrible discoveries,” Klug recalls. The floors were completely rotted, the structural elements had been compromised by previous plumbing jobs, and prior remodels had left the room in pieces. The toilet, sink, and shower were in one room, the tub was in another, and the two spaces, which also served as the guest bathroom, created traffic between the living room and master bedroom.
    Before the renovation, the bathroom served as both the master bath as well as the powder room, creating unnecessary traffic between the private and public spaces of the house. Butz and Klug found a solution by uniting the master bathroom (which had been separated into two rooms by prior remodels) and adding a guest bathroom.







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    That bathroom has no business in a 120 year-old home.

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    love it.
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    Butz Klug architecture?

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    Love the bathtub. The rest, meh.
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    Also like just the bath. That shower looks awful and too clinical for such a beautiful old home.


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    I agree with Laurent, this modern bathroom does not seem to fit in a 120 year old house. It actually annoys me when people buy historical homes and then do things like this. If you wanted a new, modern, contemporary home, then buy one. And if you bought it cause of the neighborhood, find an empty lot or an old home that could be demolished.

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    ^^^
    i like the mix. and i don't agree that you can't have modern decor in an old house or building. look at europe, there are cities where most buildings are at least 100 years old - does that mean people aren't allowed to renovate and decorate them in a modern style? should they only have antiquees and traditional furniture? of course not.
    and it's not like they tore out an antique 120 year-old toilet and tub. from the looks of the bathroom before, it didn't look like it was the same age as the house, so who cares? it's not like they gutted the entire house and took out all the original 120 year-old stuff.
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    i like it a lot. it's tastefully done.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseguy View Post
    Also like just the bath. That shower looks awful and too clinical for such a beautiful old home.
    i must have a thing for clinical looking showers because i was going to say that the shower is the best part of the newly renovated bathroom.

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    Don't like it though the shower is cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    That bathroom has no business in a 120 year-old home.
    ITA. It's just wrong.

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    I find the toilet unsettling. Like it could crash to the floor.
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    Having owned a 120-year-old home, I would say my own choice was to leave the architecture and fixtures themselves "clean" and historically harmonious. Then I decorated with a mixture of older and newer furniture. I wouldn't want to see this bathroom in a historical home, and Brookline is known for its great old houses and its preservation efforts, so I am not really impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobelia View Post
    I find the toilet unsettling. Like it could crash to the floor.
    Yes!! There's gotta be a weight limit on that thing. Can you imagine a heavy friend or family member....the possibilities....
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