This bathroom renovation needed to remain within its existing 35 square foot footprint since the adjacent rooms’ unique ceiling designs could not be compromised. The highly unusual bathroom width of 3’-4” was very challenging to say the least.
The client goals for the bath renovation were:
Counter space (not a pedestal).
Large shower without curb for accessibility.
Very modern, simple and bright.
Good storage including toiletries.
High quality finishes and workmanship.
The adjacent TV room was not initially in the scope of work.
Our design solution for the space was to push the envelope (literally) by creating a built in media wall for the TV room. This provided the additional width needed for the bathroom while not compromising the functionality of that TV room. The “wall” separating the 2 spaces is a Rubik’s Cube combination of bath millwork, media room millwork, and custom plywood construction. The stacking and varying depth of the elements maximised storage for both rooms: the vanity has standard depth of 21", the medicine cabinet has 6" deep storage at the bottom, but only 1.5" deep storage at the top because the TV behind needed robust support. A closer examination of the section drawing shows the complexity of this endeavour. Space was created where possible with wall modifications for shampoo niche, radiator niche, and towel niche. Once the room size had been magically modified, we could turn our attention to the usual essentials for bath design.
The colour palette is white with white accents! The mono colour scheme allows the room to feel as large as possible. A texture variation is the floor tile which is Carrara Marble Mosaic. It was chosen primarily for its slip resistance. White gloss cabinets and wall tiles are matched by porcelain sink and toilet. The glacier white Corian countertop and backsplash is a pure and ‘seamless’ installation. Corian was also used as the surround for the medicine cabinet, niches for towels and shampoo.
The vanity has a generous 78" of counter giving it very good functionality for the owners. The storage below has varying depths; beside the toilet is a 12" deep push drawer. Under the sink is a standard 21" deep cabinet that extends into media wall. The sink cabinet handles can be used for hand towels.
The shower is 34" x 40" with a linear drain at the far end. This drain keeps the floor uncluttered and more comfortable for use. A linear shampoo niche is above. Shower faucets included a swing arm spout for quick rinse/wash items. The shower rod is acrylic so it also ‘disappears’. A folding seat has minimal space intrusion with maximum functionality.
The accessories for this bathroom were well considered for our ‘aging in place’ clients. Grab bars, magnifying mirrors and bright lighting all contribute to the successful completion of this tiny room.
Room width: we added width to the room by creating a unique wall.
More Counter space: we extended the counter to the exterior wall beside toilet.
Modern and Bright: White on White colour scheme, great lighting design.