Sarah Doelp shared with us how much she loves the bathroom in her 1953 Cape Cod-style home in Easton, Md. She spent about $8,000 on the renovation of her bathroom, including mold remediation, a new shower, removal of the tub, installation of tile flooring where the tub once stood and replacement of the toilet.

I love my bathroom. It’s found on the first floor of my 1953 Cape Cod in Easton that has been rehabbed many times since it was first lived in. My bathroom is no exception; it and the adjoining bedroom were once either the house’s dining room or living room.

Now it’s ideal for me, a middle-aged woman who hopes to live here indefinitely and may not want to or be able to cope with stairs. My bathroom renovation earlier this year left intact the bathroom’s original white oak floors and crown molding but removed an eyesore of a jetted tub that was never used. In its place on the floor I installed black-and-white hexagonal tiles, a timeless look, and the existing shower was redone with white subway tiles and the same black-and-white tiles. A new Toto toilet was installed, but a new vanity was not needed, as it had been replaced 10 years ago.

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Next, I moved many of my home’s houseplants into the place once occupied by the tub to take advantage of a large south-facing window that provides ideal light conditions for plants. Many of the plants are different varieties of cactus, including a huge Christmas cactus, the centerpiece of the bathroom garden and a smaller cousin. A poinsettia from many Christmases ago now has a home here, as does an orchid, the lone survivor of once many.

Four concrete hedgehogs found refuge here as well. After a while, a sort of greenhouse sanctuary emerged. The addition of Asian-inspired wall art enhanced it. I can’t say that my bathroom is where I go to rest and relax, but while I am in there, it certainly provides a feeling of calm and peacefulness. And I love my bathroom.

In this new ongoing feature, we ask homeowners what they love most about their home. If you’d like to share your story, please send a photo of the room/feature you love (preferably with you in the photo, too) and 250 to 300 words describing the space and why you love it to: mlerner@gmail.com.

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