This small guest bathroom was part of a 2-bedroom renovation in the client’s Georgetown condominium. He wanted something contemporary and more functional.
This small guest bathroom was part of a 2-bedroom renovation in the client’s Georgetown condominium. He wanted something contemporary and more functional. The original bathroom was only 6’ x 5’ with the shower stall just 6 inches from the toilet. The shower stall was a fiberglass insert. The floor and shower wall tiles were falling apart. We needed to enlarge the shower area to give it more distance from the toilet and bring it up to code.
Some of the constraints that we faced with this job were the very small space, the bathroom window was glass block and could not be altered because of condominium restrictions, and the vent did not go to the exterior—the fan vented into the space between the ceiling and the floor above. We needed to gain more space in the bathroom for a larger shower stall and one that would meet code.Another constraint was discovered when we demoed—water was seeping from the shower stall walls into the floor and had rotted the sleeper rebuild joists and the floors of the adjacent room. We had to the replace the wood plates and rebuild the wall itself between the bathroom and the guest bedroom.
To gain more space for our client we replaced the mirror with a medicine cabinet, installed glass shelves across the glass blocks for decorative items and toiletries, used a vessel sink rather than a drop-in which provided more storage space under the sink, and enlarged the shower stall by one foot by capturing the space from the existing guest bedroom closet and a small amount of space from the living room. The new bathroom measures 7 ft. x 5 ft. The vanity cabinet was custom made to match the height of the window sill. We made the vanity top and the sill (which also serves as a shelf) all from one continuous piece of Zodiac in a cement color.
Since the room is small we used a black and white color scheme. The vanity cabinet is vertical grained oak with a wenge stain. All fixtures and the base moldings in the bath are brushed nickel. There are two shower heads in the shower stall—one is a rain shower head and the other is a standard shower head. There are separate volume controls and a thermostatic valve to control temperature. We used a dual flush Kohler Persuasion toilet. The tile floor is white—13” x 13” Porcelanosa Bata Extra Blanco and 8” x 13” Porcelanosa Medium Extra Blanco on the shower walls. The shower floor is Porcelanosa white Maramara.
The new bathroom is handsome, contemporary and significantly more functional that it had been before. It vastly improved aesthetically and now meets code!
March 14, 2016