I live in a 1930 Spanish Colonial Revival home--many beautiful period touches throughout---and a beautiful, original, Art Deco bath which I absolutely love. The bath has lilac subway tiles on the walls, a lilac tub set behind an arch and a very small separate shower. To accommodate my family, I plan to do an addition to the back of the house to add a small master suite.
The designer I hired told me that I need to demolish the original bath and relocate it. He insists that I can buy new lilac tiles and re-create the bath, but I know that the new tiles won't have the same old look of the original bath. Also, friends have suggested that if I rebuild the bath, I may want to consider something more neutral than lilac--like white subway tiles---for resale reasons.
If I don't relocate the bath, I will have to close off the window and the bathroom will be windowless (because the add-on master will be behind the window). If so, I plan to add a large skylight in the original bath. The designer's point is that the whole addition will be governed by keeping the original bath---whereas if he has the freedom to move the bath, he can design a better master add-on.
Advice??? Is this bathroom worth saving? I love the lilac and am so attached to it---but is that just me?? If I move the bath, should I try to reproduce the original lilac tile look or do a period-looking white bath? Will the add on be funky by bumping out the back and making the original bath windowless with a skylight? (Obviously, I will make it so there was no sign of the original window.) Help!!