Bath Vision Realized Using Borrowed Space
Morning traffic jams are no longer a problem for this family of four, whose relocated bathroom offers ample room and luxurious design elements
Not only were morning traffic jams a problem for this couple and their two young children, the design of their 5-by-8-foot bathroom was far from satisfying. To gain space, the bath was relocated to a large garage office area. The look, envisioned mainly by the husband, who happens to be vice president of Oceanside Glasstile, includes curved, glass-tiles that reflect daylight, and glimmer under water, with a graduated color scheme and metallic finishes.
The floating double vanity was hung at a height convenient for the wife, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall. Two stylish Duravit basins sit on top.
The garage hadn't been home to a car in some time—it served as a home office and storage area. It's hard to believe that such a beautiful bath once looked like this.
To get the waterfall effect on the shower walls, the tilesetter used custom-designed 11-by-12-inch sheets of tile. This addition is the husband's favorite. "Now my morning shower is a really welcoming part of my day," he says.
The 20-by-20-foot former garage formed a perfect square.
1. Demolished the garage and added a curve to the footprint. The former garage was leveled and new exterior walls built. One corner of the previously boxy footprint was clipped to create a curved front wall.
2. Added curves inside, too. Walls with rounded edges enclose the shower and the toilet, enhancing the effect of the glittery glass mosaic tile that covers them.
3. Let in light while preserving privacy. Two-foot-square casement windows installed about 7 feet high along the top of the wall above the tub and shower brighten the room without providing a view to what's inside.
4. Fanned out fixutres. Maintaining empty space between the cleanup stations makes the room feel more spacious. The shower and toilet, in their own enclosures, are screened from the tub; mounting the double vanity on the facing wall enhanced the open feel. Radiant heating keeps the marble tile flooring barefoot-friendly.