This entire time I imagined someone, a very long time from now, walking into the coach house, after having walked through the main building and saying "hey, the coach house must have been built at the same time as the front house, right?".
How was I going to accomplish that? Using traditional materials, techniques and design elements.
For the bathroom I used subway tiles for the bath surround and the exact same tiles as used for my 1st floor bathroom floor. It doesn't hurt that I love them.
Other elements include the afore mentioned 5 panel doors, metal, vintage designed bath fixtures, door handles, hinges and trim that mimics my building, built in 1914, and purchased from salvage places throughout the city. And the big one: The design.
I very intentionally designed (and ignored all of the attempts to dissuade me from my intensions) actual rooms, and at no point even considered the very popular 'open floor plan' that yes, would have made the build a whole lot easier. The main bedroom is plenty big enough for a king sized bed, with a queen fitting beautifully and offering plenty of room for dressers and even an additional wardrobe. The second bedroom can fit either a twin or even a double bed, if necessary. So boom. a guest room. The bathroom is big enough for most any human, and the kitchen is eat in, which is gold for me, a huge proponent and advocate of a good 'kitchen table conversation'. My personal hell? Sitting at an island counter next to csomeone having a meal, unless I'm in a diner. My home is not a diner.
The exterior is old school, the doors are old school, the entire vibe: Old School. That's how I like it.