renovated bathroom with white walls, countertops, and shower tiles

JDBG Project – Houzz’s Bathroom of the Week

Our project was recently featured as a ‘Houzz Bathroom of the Week.’ This honor is bestowed on select projects that catch the editor’s eye with their distinctive design and an interesting story to tell. Click the link or the photo to read the Houzz Article.

Two New Bathrooms in Arlington Cape Cod

Our clients wanted to add an ensuite bathroom to their charming 1950’s Cape Cod, but they were reluctant to sacrifice the only closet in their owner’s suite. The hall bathroom they’d been sharing with their kids was also in need of an update so we took this into consideration during the design phase to come up with a creative new layout that would tick all their boxes. 

By relocating the hall bathroom, we were able to create an ensuite bathroom with a generous shower, double vanity, and plenty of space left over for a separate walk-in closet. We paired the classic look of marble with matte black fixtures to add a sophisticated, modern edge. The natural wood tones of the vanity and teak bench bring warmth to the space. A frosted glass pocket door to the walk-through closet provides privacy, but still allows light through. We gave our clients additional storage by building drawers into the Cape Cod’s eave space. 

The new hall bath was relocated to an adjacent open play area that the kids had outgrown. We used a marble-look hex tile on the floor; the porcelain is durable and easy to maintain and the Calacatta look provides visual continuity with the ensuite bath. Elongated white subway tile keeps the bathroom feeling light and bright and a deep soaking tub means a relaxing spa-like bath is an option when needed. An open hall cubby space is currently used as the kids’ book nook, but could easily house linens and overflow bath supplies.  

Adding a bathroom in an older home can be a challenging endeavor – it takes thoughtful planning and careful execution. Our clients are thrilled with all the features in their renovated owner’s suite and the kids are happy to have a brand new bathroom to call their own.


Arlington, VA

Project Size

Ensuite Bathroom + WIC – 130 SF
Hall Bathroom – 50 SF

Year Completed