Robert Frank to Guest Blog, Walker Zanger

We were recently invited by Walker Zanger to provide a guest blog about our experiences participating in the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House. Please enjoy this excerpt from our first blog article and remember to visit us at this year’s Pasadena Showcase House.

About the Project

We were excited to participate in the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, especially since this year marks the Showcase House’s 50th anniversary. We were tasked with redesigning the poolside changing rooms. While the English craftsman-style home was designed by Stiles O. Clements and completed in 1915, the poolside changing rooms were located in a separate structure that was built in the 1950’s when the swimming pool was built on the 3.5-acre property.

"Our goal in taking on the project was to transform these dark and neglected spaces into bright functional spaces that had a consistency with the architectural style of the 1915 home".

The original changing rooms were dark, musty and filled with dust and cobwebs from years of sitting unused and neglected. The interior and exterior batten and board wood paneling was severely damaged by water and pests. And both changing rooms, each measuring about 75 square feet, were a cramped conglomeration of a 24” wide shower, cramped water closet with small pedestal sink and a changing room with concrete flooring and wall pegs to hold towels and clothes.

Our goal in taking on the project was to transform these dark and neglected spaces into bright functional spaces that had a consistency with the architectural style of the 1915 home. Being outdoor changing rooms, we did not want to over design the spaces. But we did want to highlight the indoor-outdoor connection while redesigning the floor plans to open up the rooms and make them feel as spacious as possible.

"Being outdoor changing rooms, we did not want to over design the spaces. But we did want to highlight the indoor-outdoor connection".

The 8,200 square foot main residence interior featured many original details, like classic subway tile in baths and kitchen and wood wainscoting and beadboard paneling in other interior spaces. We wanted to recreate some of these details in the poolside changing rooms to provide an architectural consistency with the main house. So, we planned on installing tall white wainscoting in each space complimented with crisp white walls in one of the changing rooms and putty-colored walls in the other. In both the WC and the shower, we would use Walker Zanger 6th Avenue 3” x 6” subway tile, which was consistent in format with original tile used in the main house.

Functional space would be maximized with use of pocket doors and curbless shower and vanity niches. And, in an effort to keep both spaces light and bright, a light color palate would be utilized and plenty of recessed lighting would be installed throughout. Both spaces would feature custom built-in banquettes with storage above and below for towels and personal belongings.

 "Although both spaces were small in size, careful attention would be given to the smallest of details, making both spaces very special".

We reconfigured the spaces to allow for a larger vanity area in each changing room. Rather than having a shower and WC in each space, we would install a more luxurious WC in one of the changing rooms and an oversized shower in the other. The floors would feature Walker Zanger Stripe Mosaic from the Shift Collection, which we thought was an excellent choice in that it would be slip-resistant, provide an excellent indoor-outdoor connection, and, most importantly, feel great on bare feet as guests used the changing rooms.

Robert Frank is a local resident and owner of Robert Frank Interiors, a full-service interior design and construction company located in San Marino, California. Robert Frank Interiors works in collaboration with clients to create beautiful, functional spaces that reflect their lifestyles and personalities. Visit us on the web at www.robertfrankinteriors.com.

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