1950s Portland Home: New Basement Bathroom

Typical Basement Transformed Into An Elegant Bathroom

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Portland Basement Bathroom Before and After

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PROBLEMS: The 1950s home in SE Portland had only one bathroom on the main level. The basement was unfinished, with exposed framing, ducts, pipes, and wiring.

CREATIVE SOLUTIONS: Adding a new bathroom was a major transformation! The bathroom features a large two-person shower with a generous bench, bronze plumbing, custom tile with cobalt-blue glass accents, and an in-line drain. It has a toilet+washlet bidet combination and a pedestal sink with custom tile backsplash. The bathroom has great lighting and ventilation, and there’s radiant heating under the floor tiles.

TESTIMONIAL: Diane Plesset designed a new bathroom and laundry area, as well as a complete remodel of an existing bathroom, for us. Prior to these, we did not have any experience with construction/remodel projects. It was terrific working with Diane, who helped us with every facet of the construction process, and who had great design ideas that we continue to benefit from and enjoy every day. Thanks in large part to Diane, our bathrooms and laundry area are beautiful as well as functional and contemporary and have been designed with aging in place principles so that we can continue to enjoy them for many years to come.

Diane is extremely knowledgeable about construction and design, and she helped us to choose everything from tiles to lighting and plumbing fixtures, and to work with a variety of vendors to get the best prices possible. She helped us to figure out what we wanted and what was realistic within our budget. Then she helped to turn our choices into reality. She provided our contractors with to-scale blueprints that we had approved so that every design detail was accounted for and the contractors had a roadmap of exactly what needed to be done. Diane collaborated with us, respected our decisions, and helped us navigate the construction process so that it went as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Thanks to Diane, our projects were on time and on budget. Her fees were very reasonable for the high level of professional design and advice she provided. We recommend her unconditionally.

Other rooms in this project:
Main BathroomNew Laundry room