When purchased, the apartment had an old tub that was surrounded by crumbling tiles. When the workers started taking down the bathroom tiles, the whole wall crumbled-- it was 100 year old plaster on lathe. So they had to start from scratch. The plaster was replaced with concrete board. For the shower/tub subway tiles were used. The brick wall was left as a contrast to the plain white tiles.
The new floor is porcelain classic upper West Side floor tiles. To fit in the narrow space, an old clawfoot bathtub was found in a barn in Roxbury, New York.The tub looked better when set in place. The bathroom is so narrow, it needed a narrow tub.The walls were painted with a color that picked up some of the shades of the brick.