“I kept the vintage details but added a lighter, more contemporary feel,” says Martz. He selected elements that are true to the home’s era—custom encaustic cement-tile floors by O’Neil Ruppel and a tin tile backsplash—but gave them a modern slant.
The farmhouse sink is conveniently located between fridge and stove. The ladder can roll or be lifted off its pole and moved.
A shallow cabinet and countertop along one wall hold small appliances
A photo of the kitchen before renovation.
Before photo of the kitchen.
The jumping-off point for Martz’s bathroom design was Farrow & Ball Wisteria wallpaper, which he matched with custom, encaustic cement-tile floors by O’Neil Ruppel. Complementary iridescent-glass tiles in the shower enclosure catch the light.
Translucent linen café curtains behind the tub are edged in periwinkle trim.
The vintage dresser was converted into a vanity, complete with a decorative basin and gleaming brass hardware.
A before photo of the bathroom.
|The small space allotted to the kitchen was poorly laid out, with the sink being the first thing guests saw upon entry. The stove sat farther along the same wall.||Martz moved the sink and positioned the paneled fridge facing the doorway. The stove occupies the far end, creating a focal point.|
|Typical of old homes, there was a shortage of storage. Though the ceilings are high, the space above the existing cabinetry was not being utilized.||An additional row of upper cabinetry creates storage space; the owners reach the upper cabinets via a ladder that slides around the kitchen on wheels.|
|Dated cabinets and materials were budget-grade and boring.||Crisp, white cabinets are offset by custom-colored encaustic-cement floor tile. Martz installed a backsplash of painted-tin ceiling tiles.|
|The master bath was small and its two doorways made it doubly difficult to find wall space for necessities.||A hallway door was closed off, leaving just the door to the bedroom and freeing up wall space.|
|Though an adjacent light well brightened the bathroom via a transom window, the light well was just wasted space.||Martz incorporated the light well into the new bathroom; it now houses a comfortable shower enclosure with a skylight overhead.|
|The original bath was dated and rundown, but retained Victorian details.||While the new bath features a clawfoot tub and a repurposed 19th-century dresser, it also introduces vibrant, modern colors and patterns.|
Interior, Kitchen & Bath Design: Todd Martz, Todd Martz Interiors, Alexandria, Virginia. Contractor: Certified Services LLC, Springfield, Virginia. Photography: Stacy Zarin Goldberg.