Given that the bathroom was flanked by two bedroom closets we had room to rearrange and steal space. The toilet stack was located right behind the existing toilet so we converted that area to a hallway accessible linen closet. The toilet was moved directly across the room into the opposing closet. The drain pipe fit nicely between existing floor joists and did not alter the ceiling in the basement below. Pocketing the door gave us added clear floor space.
Now, with a clear floor space of 41 square foot we could give the client a 36” wide toilet opening, a 36” vanity, and a walk in shower with bench. The design is very masculine characterized by denim looking tile in black and grey, a pulley theme in both the slide bar handshower and light fixtures, and industrial knurling on the plumbing and cabinet hardware typically found on mechanics tools.
The seat of the wall hung toilet was set at 19” and the vanity countertop at 36”, both comfort height for a 6’2” man.
The natural gray marble and white wavy textured tile provides a cool contemporary feel. A matte gray engineered concrete countertop suspends the floating, carved walnut veneer cabinet. The mirror was sized to be exactly the width of the bold white vessel sink. Aviation inspired plumbing fixtures and a wall hung toilet contribute to the sleek design. The half wall was used to lessen the severeness of the long narrow bathroom.
The futuristic lighting design includes cobalt and warm white LED lighting the back of the mirror and the underside of the floating cabinet. A remote controlled “molecular” pendant propels the space into another dimension.
The builder charges exorbitant fees to go outside their original plan. The best course of action is to build the bathroom as cheap as possible, with some modifications, and consider it a remodel after the client moves in.
The client has specified the following elements:
• Victoria & Albert AML-N-SW Amalfi Tub
• VB-AML-55 Amalfi Vessel Sink LED5015-BSS
• 20" LED Alfi Rainshower Head
• Modular Arts Interlocking Panels Bloom Pattern
• The color purple
The builder will allow us to plan for the arced wall, remove one water closet, and plumb the new double vanity wall. Also move electrical to key locations. They will finish the bathroom for the Certificate of Occupancy with as inexpensive products as possible. Then after the client takes possession of the house, the bathroom can be treated as a remodel.
The arced shower wall incorporates the planned footprint of the shower and tray ceiling. Directly opposite is the Amalfi Tub against the backdrop of the Modular Arts Bloom Panels. The custom double vanity in the distance creates a visually striking triangle between these three elements.
The choice of the Oceanside Blu iridescent glass mosaic and the Sherwin Williams Quest Gray paint are motivated by the clients spirituality and love for the color purple. The room is contemporary and linear but softened by the sensuous floral curves of the Modular Arts and arced shower wall. The curve motif is repeated in the lines of the sinks.
The Formica Smoky Brown Pear Laminate is cool and soft against the purple walls. The glass mosaic is used in the valance of the double medicine cabinet to integrate the cabinetry with the rest of the room.
The elliptical bench intersecting the arced shower wall is almost an optical illusion. The viewing window mounted directly over the seam in the Viatera Sienna Sand Quartzite slab cleverly concealing its construction.
The new layout, instead of isolating its users, creates a sense of togetherness and family.