Tour of the Finished Nursery and Master Bathroom

Project: Babyproofing the House, Episode 5, Part 1

Bob wraps the Melrose, MA, nursery remodel with a tour of the home, a view of the colors, finishes, and fixtures selected, and our first visit with the new baby.  Bob starts with a safety review of the kitchen and stairways.  He checks out the new powder room and master bath. On the third floor, the nursery, guest room, and children’s bathroom are complete.  The bathroom features original beadboard, new blown-in insulation, and a roll-top, claw-foot bathtub that we see installed.  In the nursery, new windows with enclosed sliding shades, sound insulation, and an acoustic fabric ceiling make the new baby’s room snug and quiet.  Atticus and his parents show off the new solid-wood crib and changing table that are pressboard-free, and crib furnishings that are healthful and beautiful.  Everything from no-VOC paint to the slip-covered gliding club chair is intended to create a healthful, comforting world for the new baby and his family.


Part 1: Finishing Touch: Installing a Vintage Tub in a Child's Bathroom
Part 2: Tour of the Finished Nursery and Master Bathroom
Bob recaps the work done so far to remodel the 100-year-old two-family Melrose home. A new nursery has been created for the soon-to-arrive baby, blown-in insulation has been installed in the attic, and some of the windows have been replaced. Baby safety gates, safety latches, and outlet covers have been installed to make the home safer for toddlers. An elegant new powder room has been created featuring a porcelain sink and toilet from Porcher, elegant lighting from Bellacor, and iridescent blue tile from Daltile. Bob talks with homeowner and contractor Nick Beasley about the layout of the home before and after remodeling. The half-bathroom and full bathroom have been reversed, so that the master bath is now off of the master bedroom instead of the hallway. Beasley describes the demolition, plumbing, and reframing work required to do this. The wall colors of the master bedroom and bath match and, therefore, flow together nicely. The master bathroom features design choices which are in keeping with this older home: new Pella two-over-one windows, a pedestal sink, Bellacor lighting fixtures, and a beautiful hexagon tile floor that helps unify the whole room and complement the home's character and style. Bob reviews the installation of the custom Corian tub deck and glass half-wall at one end of the bathtub. Beasley demonstrates how the new window shades can be raised from either the top or the bottom, a good choice for a bathroom as it permits privacy but lets in light.
Part 3: Tour the Completed Nursery for the Newborn
In Melrose, MA, Bob Vila helps a young couple expecting their first child to prepare their home. The focus is on creating a safe place with a strong emphasis on indoor air quality and a healthy living environment. Bob reviews child safety products with industry specialists, as they outfit the home from top to bottom in preparation for the new baby.