Category Archives: Bathroom Gut Remodel

Historic Hyde Park Coach House Remodel

Francis Bryan Remodeling, (FBR) enjoyed working with these homeowners again on their latest project, their own home in beautiful Hyde Park.

This historic coach house was converted into a single family home many years ago. The homeowners chose to remodel their home and update the systems while still retaining a historic look and feel.

FBR specializes in remodeling beautiful historic homes. This project was a labor of love for the family and FBR was happy to work with them to modernize and restyle their dream home. Enjoy viewing the gorgeous result as well as a few before photos which show the historic nature of the project.

DR to K- after

FBR worked with a custom cabinet maker and the owners designer to complete the installation of the custom fireplace and surround to match the cabinetry in the new kitchen.

FP in progress

An interesting “before” photo of the fireplace. See the ancient tile.


Another view from the fireplace through to the  new French doors under original refurbished historic transom panels above.

French doors-after

Beautiful new, weather proof French doors with historic style hardware were installed in the living and dining room area.

French doors before 2Drafty, old doors were removed. Remaining historic glass transom panels were refurbished to match the new doors.


The overhead beams, which were once white, were restyled to match the living room/dining room and kitchen floors. The kitchen flooring was removed, wood that matched the species, Douglas Fir, and grain of the original floors was sourced and installed and all floors were sanded, stained and finished to match the beams through out the home.

K floor in progress
New flooring in the kitchen prior to stripping, staining and finishing of all floors.


 Beautiful new custom kitchen with custom cabinetry, stone backsplash, and copper farmhouse sink. A few special touches include the custom made back door with glass panels inserted into the original door. The wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed to open up the area and hardwood floors were installed, stained and finished to match the rest of the first floor living area.

K Sink-after

K Angle- afterBeautiful copper farmhouse sink and classic faucet and a view of the new kitchen through to the back door entrance.
K in progressAn interesting “before”. Part of the wall is still up. The new floor is not installed yet. The back door has not been re-styled.  The overhead beams have not been converted.
Hang in there it will all be worth it!

Laundry 2- after
FBR truly enjoyed working with the designer and homeowner to redesign this multi-purpose first floor 3/4 bath and laundry room. The client and designer selected the unique tile, shower enclosure and custom designed and painted cabinetry for the laundry. FBR worked closely with the designer and cabinet maker to install and insure this beautiful result.
Laundry-after Beautiful, historic and unique. What is not to love!
Bath original tile
This interesting and historic tile was found as the bath/laundry room were being gutted.
Selecting floor stain
FBR worked with the homeowner to insure the floors through out the first floor were stained the exact color that they preferred. These are the important details that go into every FBR project.
Front in progress
Front - after
From start to glorious completion this project was a labor of love for the family and epitomizes the FBR motto,
“Your home is your castle- and where your heart is- we keep that in mind in all we do.”

Morgan Park area of Chicago – Bathroom, Gut Remodel

Enjoy viewing the complete gut- bathroom-remodel in this historic home in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. The clients chose to remove the tub and install a walk-in shower as well as custom-shelving installed in its place. FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING was happy to accommodate.  The clients also asked to have the original door converted into a pocket-door in order to save on space.  The new pocket-door looks great!  This second floor gut remodel included new copper plumbing and electrical runs through to the basement.  A new energy efficient, opaque window was installed as well as all new fixtures through out.  The clients chose a beautiful large format ceramic tile combined with a colorful mosaic tile for the walk-in shower.  To complete the new bath a European radiator/towel holder was custom installed.  This bathroom is not only stylish but it is warm and cozy as well.  The owners love to enjoy warm towels after a shower!

Below are some work in progress photos to view.

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING Remodels a Historic Beverly Powder Room

Watch as the FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING remodels a small cramped powder room and creates a bright stylish, custom designed powder room that you would be proud to have guests use!

This powder room now includes Carrera and black marble basket weave pattern floor tile. Carrara marble base boards, custom made, wall mounted, Carrara warble sink top and back splash with under mount stainless bowl. Capped off with stainless Grohe faucet and accessories. highlighted by an ebony wood medicine chest and unique Moroccan star light fixture.

FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING creates a luxurious glass tile and stone spa tub surround and bathroom


This project was the continuation of the luxury bath project detailed  in the previous post.   After the water closet, shower area was completed the home owner decided that they wanted the entire master bath to flow nicely with the same high end stone and glass materials through out.
In this project we replaced all of the gold fixtures with shiny chrome, gutted the entire ledge, step and floor surrounding the tub and rebuilt the step and surround installing the floor, step risers and top of the tub with stone tiles while installing complimentary mosaic stone tiles on the face of the step, installing a solid one piece step made of crema marfil honed marble and finished off the back splash area with the complimentary turquoise glass subway tiles installed vertically with a honed marble bull nose. Beautiful!



FRANCIS BRYAN REMODELING installs custom designed tile and glass block shower in Chicago’s South Suburbs

This shower/toilet room was completely gutted, reconfigured, designed and installed.
The beautiful natural stone tile with mosaic and glass inlay was selected by the client and combined beautifully with the custom built glass block wall shower enclosure. This new shower/toilet area nicely complements and refreshes the entire bath including the existing and adjacent dressing room/jacuzzi tub, double sink area.