privacy wall that establishes nooks for each component.
The DiLorenzos initially wanted recessed
fixtures to illuminate the room, but the old
house lacked the ceiling space. So they settled
on wall sconces, a feature they now love, as the
light from the sconces bounces off the khaki-colored walls and gives the room a feeling of
warmth. For actual warmth, they chose a Runtal
heater, which fits neatly under the windowsill.
Known for being quiet, energy-efficient, and
durable, the Runtal is more chic than the iron
radiator it replaced, and its slim profile allows
the shower door to open freely.
Lastly, despite the inherent charm of the
original marble-top sink, the homeowners
wanted something fresh. “We didn’t want the
washstand to look tired compared to the rest of the room,” says
Laurie DiLorenzo. Feinmann
Inc. designed a cherry vanity as
a focal point and An Duc Bui,
a company carpenter, built it.
“It turned out to be more of a piece of furniture than simply a sink,” says Novoa. And it has
drawers and compartments that add storage
space the old sink lacked.
One thing the DiLorenzos left untouched
were the beautiful ceiling beams that match
those found throughout the house, an eye-catching architectural detail that unifies each
quaint but too busy, the old bathroom needed
a fresh start. With the help of Feinmann Inc., the
DiLorenzos were able to update the functionality
and style of the room to create a space that is
inviting and harmonious.
“I love the simplicity of it, and I love the
elegance of it,” says DiLorenzo about the new
bathroom. “I was so pleased that someone could
actually take a design idea and style it according
to our home,” she says. “It came out exactly how
I envisioned it.”
THE SKINNY ON RUNTAL RADIATORS
Replacing the clunky old cast-iron
radiator with a slim European Runtal
model was a conscious decision to
maximize space; the old heater protruded
9 inches from the wall, while the
flat-panel Runtal extends a mere 2 inches.
Runtal radiators also can operate using
140 degree water, a much lower
temperature than traditional water
heaters, making them as energy-efficient
as they are design savvy. Says homeowner
Laurie DiLorenzo: “The new heater frees
up so much more room, and it doesn’t
get in the way when we open the new
shower door.” Plus, Runtals are locally
made; the North American factory is in
Ward Hill, Massachusetts.