Ask people what’s on their wish list for the perfect bathroom, and you’ll probably get pretty similar answers from nearly everyone you query: plenty of room to move around, a luxurious tub or shower (or both!) that provides a pampering place to soak, and most important, an overall sense of retreat—a room that’s safe haven from the hectic world outside.
But how do you balance those relatively modern ideas of the perfect bathroom with the realities of an old house, where baths are often small and basic? It’s not easy, but it can be done—whether by carving out space from adjoining rooms, reconfiguring fixture placement, or getting creative with the details. These 10 baths caught our editors’ eyes precisely because they’ve been able to strike that ideal balance between period authenticity and modern luxury. Let them inspire you in your own bathroom restoration.Old-House Journal October/November 2010