Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2013

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Photos: Isaiah Wyner Photography Designer: Cassia Wyner; CW Design; Brookline, MA Size of space: 69 square feet, with an additional 9 square feet for the laundry Design theme: The client wanted to keep the overall feeling of the bathroom natural to the old Cambridge townhouse. Design goal: Wyner reconfgured a small bedroom to convert it into this master bath with a large walk-in shower and laundry. A portion of the former bedroom was also allocated to a separate storage and closet area. Design challenges: "Everything about this room was a challenge," she notes, adding that there were no square corners. "It was more of a parallelogram with a clipped corner." In addition, the space featured a mansard roofline and was located on the third foor level, with a separate condo on the basement and frst-foor levels. There was also no toilet stack on the required side of the building. 'Small space' design solutions: Glass shower walls add to the openness. "The shower takes up about 20 percent of the foor space, but with the glass, it doesn't feel that way," she says. "It ofers transparency, without losing functionality." While Wyner oftentimes includes a foating vanity where space is limited, these clients preferred a full vanity for extra storage. "We painted it the same color as the trim," she says, noting that the Designer: Christine Nelson, AKBD; Christine Nelson Design; Minneapolis, MN Photos: Mark Ehlen, Ehlen Creative Size of space: 55 square feet Design theme: "My client came to me with a photo of the glass artwork and asked me to design the bathroom lighter color also makes the space feel larger. The designer included niches where possible – including one in the shower and another across from the washer/dryer – to organize toiletries, detergent, etc., and she recessed the medicine cabinet for additional storage. "When structure and budget allow, I also like to include an outlet for electric toothbrushes and razors in the medicine cabinet so they don't take up valuable countertop space." Additional elements include the dark tile foor, which mimics walnut and fts the energy of the with the artwork as the inspiration for the design of the room," she says. "She has a very traditional, early 1900s house with lots of antiques, however, she wanted a contemporary styled bathroom!" Design goal: The homeowner wanted to keep the room as spacious as possible, to have unique colors and glass in the room…and to add an element of whimsy! Design challenges: The space for the tub was very building. The complementary shower tiles lend contrast without distraction – one is large and smooth, the other small and rocky – while the red barn door infuses color, saves space and, "adds an eclectic, funky detail." Small bath design tip: "Whenever I can, I replace a solid shower wall or shower curtain with glass walls," she says. "This opens the space and makes it feel larger than it is." Wyner also 'steals' space whenever possible. "Niches are great place to tuck things away so they don't take up additional real estate," she says. "In a small space, it's always a challenge to get everything in, without it feeling cluttered." small, however, the client loved to take baths. "We were not able to locate the tub wall to wall alcove since there was an old electrical box on the left wall where the showerhead needed to be placed," she says. "It needed to stay so they would have access to it. So, we had to build a false wall to cover the electrical box and it became the shower plumbing wall, plus storage!" The designer also wanted to leave the centerlines for the toilet and sink in the previous locations. 'Small space' design solutions: The vanity features cone-shaped legs to visually keep the space more open. Thin, curvy sink and bath fxtures add whimsy and airiness, as does the open glass shelf. "It was a great way to make the artwork feel as if it was foating, rather than anchored on a heavy shelf," she says. "We could also see the painted and etched panel on both walls." A recessed niche in the tub area adds additional storage capacity. Small bath design tip: Keep the space as "open" as possible and strive to keep most of your elements cohesive in style and colors. October 2013 | 43

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