1915 Bungalow Receives an Historic Bathroom Addition

The owners of this property visited G. Christianson Construction last summer after purchasing this 1915 Bungalow in Corvallis (near the Public Library). The problem: The house only had one bathroom. The solution: Add a 5′ by 14′ addition off the Master Bathroom.

Superintendent Steve Schoonover, who has been part of the G. Christianson team for 23 years, was just the person for the job. Steve passionately restores historic homes, and had worked on this house about eight years ago when G. Christianson restored the kitchen and front deck to it’s former glory. The previous owner kept a detailed book of restorations, which she passed to the new owners, which brought them to us.

Designer Sue Rutherford created a dream, our craftsmen went to work building the addition to match the home exactly. Then we hired one of the best tile masons in town to install the shower, wainscotting and floor tile. The tile work stayed true to the flair of the existing bathroom, with white subway tile, black pinstripes with diamond accents, and white grout.

The result: A 70 square foot spectacular Master Bathroom addition with 1915 glamour and modern amenities. The bathroom boasts a Moen Wynford shower head, American Standard faucet, Toto Carusoe toilet, custom white painted cabinetry, a custom built medicine cabinet, Corian countertops, Simpson Fir F55 door, Emtek Quincy plate with a Providence door knob, Velux skylight, and a Marvin Ultimate double hung window in Wineberry color.

The homeowners love their new bathroom, it is everything they wanted and more!

The praise we received from all of the neighbors is that this addition fits seamlessly with the home’s original look, this is exactly what we intended.


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[Photos, from left to right: …. trim, view of walk-in shower, detailed tile work around … shower head, …. tile work.]

Shows on HGTV highlight beautiful additions and remodels, like the one pictured below that we’re working on in the Corvallis Historic District. But seeing so many before-and-after photos makes it easy to forget that construction, like art, is a process.



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This 96 sq. ft. addition adds a Master Bathroom to the currently one bathroom 1915 Craftsman house. Our team put a lot of effort into matching the exterior of the addition to the original home. The photos, while not the the last step of construction, highlight the continuity of the addition with the historical markers of the original exterior, like the custom trim work and soffits.

“The outside of the addition looks as if it’s been there all along,” the owner says, which is exactly what the team at G. Christianson strives to accomplish with any addition, be it a historic home or a contemporary building.

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The interior of the addition houses a vanity, a recessed medicine cabinet, and a whole lot of custom tile work. The owners chose to keep with the historic ambiance of the interior of the house and selected white subway tile with black pinstripes, which matches the existing bathroom. The vanity lighting and chrome hardware add a touch of modernity.

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Our client met with us this spring with the concept of opening up her dated 1950’s bathroom, getting rid of the pink tub and pink sink and making an “Artic” oasis. She wanted to maintain a white with “Artic” green/blue theme. We created some design options using 3D software and presented the options to our client. After some simple revisions to the design and products were chosen within her budget to match her goals we started the remodel.Our exceptionally detailed contract allowed her to understand the scope of the project and be sure that we had covered everything. We also offered electrical safety and insulation improvements. Construction began in June 2015 and was completed in early August (we had some delays with the imported tile).

One of the features of this bathroom is the floating vanity and floating LED backlit mirror. The mirror has color changing LED lights. You can use a small remote control to change the color and brightness to match your mood. This lighting really draws your eye towards the glass tile and provides subtle ambient lighting for nighttime.

She is thrilled with our work and her friends are too. Please give us a call if you’d like to build an spa-like oasis in your home.

Some of the details:

  • Cabinets: Floating “European” frameless with conversion varnish over white paint on maple plywood
  • Countertop and Sinks: Corian Cameo White with a thickened front edge
  • Shower tile: AKDO Thassos Honed Marble 3×6
  • Glass tile accents: AKDO Stagger Fusion Mosaic (Icelandic Blue, Thassos P, Seashell)
  • Tile floor and Base: Emser Pietre del Nord “Vermont” matt 12×24
  • Paint color: Sherwin Williams’ Glimmer – SW 6476
  • Exhaust fan: Broan QTXE110S
  • Lights: Custom design by Radiance by Design, Corvallis
  • Shower Glass: 3/8” tempered heavy glass shower enclosure
  • Tub: Kohler Bellweather cast iron
  • Shower and Faucet: Grohe Concetto
  • Toilet: Toto Aquia

Nik and Angie wanted to do some major remodeling to their home that was built in 2002. The major additions were a new master suite and bath, additional garage bay, and a new craft and bonus room. They also wanted to update all of the bathrooms in the home, replace the existing heating/cooling systems, replace carpeting in five areas including the new craft and bonus room, install new organizing rods and drawers in the master closet, add a special coating to the floor of the garage, expand the driveway, add a gas line to the patio for the grilling, replace all of the windows in the home, and add eight skylights.


The new Master Retreat and closet have Oak hardwood flooring throughout. New Milgard Montecito windows let a lovely amount of light in, complimented by three Velux skylights. In the Master Retreat bathroom, Wichita art glass has been added to the picture window to add some unique detailing. The Master Retreat bathroom has heated Travertine tile floors. The cabinets are Huntwood Rustic Alder cabinets in an Arroyo style with under-mounted Kohler sinks and Marble countertops. The countertops and flooring are complimented by Mosaic Cabernet glass accent tiles. The flooring in the shower is a sliced olive stone.

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In the other bathrooms, the same marble, cabinets and flooring were installed. Toto ADA toilets were added to all the bathrooms and all doorways were widened to make the home adaptable if the homeowners wish to Age-In-Place. A curbless shower was installed in the Master Retreat bathroom to reduce the tripping hazard. A vanity area was created for Angela so she can sit and relax in her Master Retreat and to have an area with special task lighting.

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Multiple niches were created in all of the showers to add needed shelving storage in the showers. Seats were added to the Master Retreat shower and the Hall bathroom. A Velux skylight was installed into the Hall bathroom to provide extra lighting as there are no windows in this bathroom. A Symphony Aquatic Air tub was installed into the Master Retreat bathroom and a Fiber Fab soaking tub was installed into the Guest bathroom. All hardware is Oil Rubbed Bronze by Moen and Delta.


In the craft and bonus room, guest room, stairs, den, and office we installed Tuftex Venecia Fantasia 527 carpet. Velux skylights were installed into the bonus room and into the craft area with remote controlled electric blackout blinds. New Milgard Montecito windows let a nice amount of light in, complimented by four clerestory windows. All paint is Sherwin-Williams’ Duration Home for all walls and ceilings.


The entire remodeling project took 10 months to complete and included nine additional jobs requested during the remodel. Nik and Angie are thrilled with the completed project and look forward to living in the home for many years to come!

We met Clay and Helen through a project we completed at their work. They were impressed with our persistence to complete their work project on time and budget. So they asked us to take a look at removing the kitchen cabinets and partition wall that separated their kitchen with the living room. Since they both cook, there just wasn’t enough space to be efficient in the kitchen. They also wanted to open the room up for better lighting. Once the wall was gone a new kitchen island would provide the cooking countertops and socializing space they wanted. We discussed refinishing their existing cabinets, but decided they wouldn’t look good with the new island. The kitchen project included new custom made frameless beech cabinets,  granite “Emerald Pearl” countertops, recessed lighting and pendants, cork floating flooring (to reduce noise downstairs and squeaks), Shaw Anso Nylon carpets, a Milgard Montecito sliding glass door, a new stainless steel sink and faucet, a new Milgard Montecito window and ceramic tile backsplashes. We replaced the countertop in the guest bathroom with Cambria quartz. We even built a custom cabinet system for their clothes in the master walk-in-closet. Clay and Helen are very excited about their new kitchen! Please give us a call to find out how we can help your home 541-754-6326.

I just took some great “after” pictures of Paul and Doris’ Master Suite Addition, living room remodel and laundry room remodel. This project began last year in their desire to stay in their two-story home, but have an accessible master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, which would allow them to age-in-place. Two years ago, we remodeled their kitchen, nook and built a new deck with the intent of adding the master suite in the future. We hired local designer Susan Harthun to design 450 square feet just behind laundry room (and integrating the home’s exterior appearance and landscaping). The new bedroom addition is spacious with a vaulted ceiling, built in wardrobe cabinets, an Andersen door to the new deck, unique lights from Radiance by Design, red oak hardwood floors, extra insulation, large windows and lots of evening sunlight. The bathroom has a large soaking tub, marmoleum floors, an accessible custom tile shower with no curb, and a Silestone makeup counter. We reconfigured the laundry room to be more efficient. In the living room we removed the aged “faux” beams, replaced damaged drywall, installed new hardwood floors, new paint and new trim to match the rest of their home.

– Carl


Rose and Greg wanted to make their 2nd floor master bedroom Aging in Place accessible, but the stairs couldn’t be overcome without an elevator. Instead they hired Susan Harthun Designs to create a master bedroom that looks like it was always a part of the original house. The plan included 600 square foot adjoining the garage and the family room. Susan designed the addition’s roof ridge line to line up with the existing roofline.  A high roofline allowed us to vault ceilings.  We modified the design to include an additional entry to the master suite from the garage with contingencies for future accessible ramp.

The addition included a new Aging in Place accessible master bathroom with an accessible no-curb walk in tile shower, a jetted tub, grab bars, a large skylight and two large windows to give the room plenty of outdoor light.

In the bedroom we installed a new Andersen patio door that opens onto the deck. The project included radiant floor heating under the bedroom hardwood and bathroom tile with digital temperature control. To create a cozy bedroom atmosphere, we installed a small natural gas stove.  For cooling, we installed a high efficiency mini split air conditioning unit. To keep the heat in, we air sealed the addition and installed insulation in the walls, floors and attic.

We custom built a cherry window seat to match the detailing of the Amish furniture.  Over the window seat we installed a bay window with two side casement windows. To match the bathroom, we installed Ceasarestone window sills for continuity. The walk-in closet includes custom shelving to access the entertainment center wires.

Their living room was a nice but uninviting area, so in order to make the room more comfortable, we upgraded to new insulated windows in the dining and living room area.  We added a new gas fireplace with a custom fir mantle, tile surround and recessed lighting. Another window was added to the room to increase daylight.

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We recently completed a bathroom remodel for a Corvallis couple we know.  Laurie and Scott’s main goal was to completely update their aging 2nd bathroom in their 1950’s home.

First we tested the old vinyl floor tiles for asbestos, unfortunately they were positive, so we hired a local asbestos abatement company and had them removed safely. Then we removed the original undersized tub. We borrowed some space from the hallway closet by modifying the framing and then installed a new tub. Glass tile was applied above the tub to the ceiling and a matching tile backsplash was installed around the sink.

We built new white painted cabinets capped with a new soapstone countertop and an undermounted sink replaced the existing sink.  A new custom recessed medicine cabinet complements the cabinetry. The electrical, plumbing, insulation and drywall were also replaced.  Narrow reed glass was used in the new exterior window for privacy and a new obscure glass bathroom door gave the room a clean bright look and brings daylight into the hallway.

Laurie and Scott were so impressed with our work, they just hired us to replace their back porch canopy.

Please call us if your bathroom needs an update. We would love to help.

– Carl

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Framing at Paul and Doris’ house is progressing at a fast pace. We are adding a master bedroom and a master bathroom on the main level of their home and finishing it to their custom specifications. In a previous blog post, I uploaded some renderings that we used to help finalize the design. I’m looking forward to see how the renderings compare to the final pictures.

On Saturday, our framer finished setting the trusses and sheathing the roof. You can see in the photos how the ceiling in the master bedroom is vaulted to maximize sunlight into the room. This week our roofer will install new shingles and the plumbing and mechanical work will be “topped out”. This means that they will extend the plumbing into the walls and ceilings so that we will be ready to install drywall. Next week, the electricians will finish their rough-in work as scheduled. The electrical wiring will be run through the walls and ceilings for the outlets, switches and lights. Following that we will be installing insulation and drywall will follow.

The vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom is really spectacular, I don’t think the pictures below do it justice. We worked with the truss company to build trusses with additional vaulting height (above what was originally planned and shown in the renderings).

Please call if you are interested in more details, or have a project you would like to discuss.

–          Carl     541-754-6326


Seth and Robin first talked to us about a month ago about updating their master bathroom. Robin found photos online of bathroom styles that she likes. We met with them in their home to find out what they had in mind. Their home is from the 1940’s and was custom built with a lot of unique features. However, their master bathroom was looking dated. The old tub was surrounded by yellow and black tile, the window didn’t open, and there was a large vent to the outdoors behind a cabinet door. Robin wanted to convert the tub and its room into a shower room, with modern styling. We talked though some of the details and found out that Seth would like to help with the project to keep costs down.

Seth is very handy and offered to take on a large portion of the project. We are going to install new large style tile, a glass shower door, new lighting, an exhaust fan, a new privacy window, drywall, insulate and redo the plumbing. Seth is going to demolish the existing tub and tile, paint, install the bathroom (not wet areas) tile floor and install the new cabinets.

We enjoy working with handy homeowners, and don’t mind letting the homeowner be involved to help keep the project costs down. Of course, there are certain activities such as electrical, plumbing and shower tile that should be done by a professional. For this project, we are having Mid Valley Tile provide the tile and install it.  The shower floor will be sloped to a four foot long linear drain with United Island Pebbles as the floor tile. The shower walls will be similar to Wanke Cascade Alchimie Gris with a custom accent on the right and left walls in Emser Metro Gray. Using their tile choices, we were able to provide a rendering of their shower room to help fine tune the design.

Please give us a call 541-754-6326 if your shower needs some help

–          Carl



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