Last month, we spotlighted Ferren Gipson’s Ikea hack kitchen that she designed herself. The existing kitchen had been encumbered by a washer/dryer and giant boiler that needed to be moved elsewhere. That’s what led Ferren to overhaul the bathroom first. An American art historian in London, Ferren finds visual inspiration all over—for the bath, she looked to Victorian public restrooms for design ideas and started sketching plans.
Ferren worked with local contractors Palali Construction on the bath and kitchen, and managed to get both done in the midst of the pandemic—while she, her husband, and their five-year-old son were all holed up at home. And that wasn’t the only challenge: this is the sole bathroom in the family’s small row house. During the five weeks of construction, the crew set up the toilet and tub so they could be used after-hours—and as-needed during the day.
The existing bathroom “wasn’t terrible,” Ferren tells us, “it just didn’t work well, and there was a separate shower stall from the tub that didn’t make sense.” The finished space manages to incorporate the washer/dryer and a new, compact boiler, all almost unnoticeably. Join us for a look around.
Photography by Ferren Gipson (@ferrengipson).