The term ‘Edinburgh period home bathrooms’ is a bit of an oxymoron. Georgian homes didn’t actually have them. Back when Edinburgh’s New Town was in its infancy, Georgians were still bathing in the privacy of their bedrooms. Even the term ‘bathing’ is a bit of a stretch as washing wasn’t high on the list of personal grooming priorities. Instead perfume was the order of the day – lots of it! We live in a new era however, and most period homes have had bathrooms, shower-rooms or wet-rooms installed which give their owners the best of both worlds – Georgian or Victorian elegance and space, coupled with 21st century amenities. Edinburgh builders, Mackenzie Hughes take you on a tour of some of the bathrooms they’ve fitted in recent years to demonstrate how it can be done.
Ultra-Bold Bathrooms – Contemporary Cool
The Georgian homes in London Street were built from 1807 onwards. With symmetrical design, fanlights above the front doors and built over four storeys they typify traditional Georgian architecture. In the case of London Street the designer was the King’s architect, Robert Reid who was heavily influenced by Robert Adam.
Behind one of the facades in London Street, lies a bathroom which is the ultimate in contemporary cool. Although minimal in style it makes an ultra-bold statement but in hushed and whispered tones. The modern, low-key lighting is in direct contrast to the Victorian, roll-top enamelled bath. The overall effect is simply stunning and is a perfect example of a bathroom uniquely designed to relax mind and body.
Modern Wet-Room – Victorian Home
Period homes in Edinburgh’s Manor Place are ‘A’ Listed buildings. They were designed by renowned architects Robert Brown and John Lessels during the Victorian era between 1866 to 1873. Many of the properties are currently used as offices. Private owners have bought others however, and converted them back to their original purpose. The photo shows how a modern wet-room can be right at home in a classic Manor Place Victorian property.
Luxurious yet Minimal
West Castle Road is in Merchiston, south west of the Old Town. Although not Listed, the Victorian villas which line the street come under the Merchiston Greenhill conservation area.
Victorian period homes signified a step away from the colourful European-influenced character of Georgian properties. It was our way of reinforcing our Britishness. The wet-room shown in the photograph therefore comes as a surprise. A large walk-in shower area with floor level drain makes way for the real focal point of the room and a deep, oval bath with mixer-taps, positioned French-style, is set in front of the frosted-glass window. The image is amplified by uplighters sunk into the tiled floor. The whole effect is dazzling therefore who wouldn’t imagine themselves unwinding here after a stressful day with a chilled glass of Krug?
Mackenzie Hughes restore period properties in Edinburgh but as these beautiful bathrooms show – restoration doesn’t mean living without modern comforts.