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JUN 2019

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DAVIS, CA — Often, it takes just one or two design elements or material finishes to influ- ence the entire direction of a new or renovated space. In the case of this Davis, CA remodel, the homeowners wanted a Zen space with an organic vibe that maintained a connection to nature. Elma Gardner, CMKBD, CID, owner/ principle of By Design Studio in Davis, CA, achieved this both physically and figuratively in collaboration with J. Hill Construction. The former was accomplished via sliding glass doors that give the homeowners direct access to their private courtyard, which they often use. "They were determined not to give up those doors, so I had to work within the parameters they set," she explains, noting that their location created challenges regarding the size and placement of other elements within the space, such as the shower and vanity. "The master bath had a fairly small footprint, so we didn't have a lot of options," she continues, adding that her clients had a relatively extensive wish list that also included a dual vanity, separate makeup station and large, walk-in shower. To accommodate her clients' must-haves, the designer completely reconfigured the bath- room, which ultimately affected the adjacent laundry room and closet (see sidebar page 38), since she moved a wall to gain an extra foot of space from the laundry room, which shares a wall with the new dual vanity. Gardner locat- ed the makeup area, complete with a sink, in the new custom closet, which is positioned between the master bath and bedroom. The expansive shower now not only has am- ple room for two, but it's also large enough that Gardner could design it with an open concept. "Their previous shower wasn't enclosed, and they liked that idea so we made it large enough to eliminate any issues with water [over] splash," she says. Adding a single linear window in the shower emphasizes the homeowners' connec- tion with nature. Its placement and size were specifically chosen to allow visual access while providing privacy. "There is a Greenbelt walking trail adjacent to the bathroom," she says. "We positioned the window low enough so my clients could see the trees but high enough to maintain privacy." Bathroom Showcases Nature Two Ways BY KIM BERNDTSON California designer maintains a connection with nature via both physical and figurative elements and materials in this small but thoughtfully crafted master bath. Photos: Dave Adams Photography SLIDING GLASS DOORS Provide physical access to the private courtyard HORIZONTALLY STACKED TILE Offers a figurative nod toward nature via its gray and rust hues DUAL VANITY Fulfills clients' wish list of 'must-have' design elements 36 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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