Bygone Berlin Bath

I’m excited to share Better After reader Imke’s bathroom makeover with you today, because I’ve never seen anything quite like it!  Imke lives in Berlin, and bought an apartment to rent out in a building dating back to 1903.  Back then, no one had the luxury of a private bath; each floor shared a bathroom that was located in the stairway between floors.  YIKES.  I can’t even imagine.  I can, but I don’t want to. 

So, Imke had only the tiniest of tiny spaces to work with in what she calls her ‘tube’ bathroom.  It was a only 35 inches (INCHES!!) wide, and split into separate rooms.  The shower was entered directly from the kitchen, and the restroom from the hallway. 

Imke tore everything out and made one (still tiny) room, with the shower in the back. The electricity had to be redone, as it was formerly just nailed right on the wall.  She beautified it with mosaic tile on the walls and a fabulous Italian black tile on the floor.  I think she did a stellar job.  Thanks for sharing Imke!

Here’s the shower, directly off the kitchen. 
 I’ll just let my soup simmer while I take a bath, don’t mind me.
And now, stunning!

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  1. So impressive, especially considering the space and configurations she had to work with! Feeling quite spoiled with my 4 bathrooms here!

  2. AMAZING!!! Absolutely amazing!

  3. I don’t know…sometimes I come out of the bath and would like a little snack 🙂
    The makeover is amazing! Love the tile.

  4. I have often wondered why many older apartments have such tiny bathrooms- it all makes sense now! Beautiful transformation!

  5. I am not a “save the earth” type person. Although I do believe in being very considerate of what God has blessed us with on our planet, I do think we ALL need to think about the space we are using and actually how much time we spend in it, and what it costs to take up that much space. Most of us could do with a lot less, and be just as happy as long as we make it homey and beautiful and Imke has done just that!!! Great job and you have inspired me. It’s wonderful.

  6. Wow!! Amazing!

  7. That is stunning! She did a great job. So beautiful!

  8. That is just amazing! Great job, Imke! 🙂

  9. Awesome job! I want to see the rest of the apartment now!

  10. Where in the world did she find a toilet with a sideways tank?

  11. Where in the world did she find a toilet with a sideways tank?

  12. Gorgeous transformation. And dare I say we have a bathroom only 30 inches wide? The floor space is 30×20 inches. No kidding.

  13. That is simply amazing!

  14. Gorgeous!!!!! Great job!! It’s so stylish now!

  15. Wow! That is phenomenal! I love all your posts, but that one is definitely one of the best ever!

  16. This may be one of the best before and afters I’ve ever seen!

  17. Wow, what an improvement! I love Berlin – such a fascinating city. I visited there several years ago and loved the contrast between the modern and the traditional. The apartments have window boxes full of flowers paired with satellite dishes.

  18. Wow that is a fantastic makeover…love it!!

  19. Vielen Dank – thanks! I am so proud and very glad all the work was worth it!

  20. Anonymous says:

    The designer is brilliant. What a great use of space.

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