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Soaring toward the sun, this modern bath is part of a glass-and-steel home with an ocean view. Although it may sound like paradise, year-round sun exposure can be too much of a good thing. This small guest bath takes advantage of the abundant sunshine in Malibu, California, without the glare, heat, and lack of privacy common to glass-walled houses. A sloping roof composed of fiberglass panels set in a steel grid filters the intense rays.
Space-expanding design and a tongue-in-cheek medical motif provide a big shot in the arm to a compact bath. Inspired by the homeowner's medical career, the compact bath injects serious function with a dose of hospital humor. A vintage steel hospital cabinet came from a supply house that provides period pieces for films. Wall-mount faucets and squared-off white sinks add to the doctor's-office feel.
Tweaking existing space in the compact bath healed a fractured layout. A glass enclosure visually opened the shower, which helped achieve a wider-looking space. Designer Sy Iverson chose surfaces based on the owner's talk of apothecary, medical, and hospital elements, which included concrete, metal, and glass.
X-ray light boxes are quirky cures for the common bath. For a convenient finishing touch, a handheld showerhead augments the rain-style unit mounted to the ceiling. The clever mix of serious and silly proves that a roomful of humor helps the medicine go down -- in a most delightful way.
Because the homeowner's children drip water back and forth from the outdoor pool to this bathroom, they needed a floor that was not slippery. They decided on 6-inch concrete tile squares speckled with sea glass. They also replaced a translucent shower door with one made from clear glass and enlarged the shower stall to bring it flush with the bifold doors that hide the washer and dryer.
Straight-line thinking turns a slice of urban dwelling space into a refreshingly simple guest bath.
This designer was challenged to create a comfortable, stylish guest bath out of a narrow connecting room on the second floor of a historical Philadelphia townhouse. He lined up the vanity, tub-shower combination, and toilet along one wall, leaving the opposite wall free for movement from one end of the bath to the other.
Using marble tiles everywhere lends color consistency to a small guest bath, expanding the space visually instead of chopping it up. Glass panels help contain shower spray and make the narrow space feel less confined.
Space-enhancing design opens a master bath to a fresh, clean look -- tempered by tradition.
The homeowners envisioned an open, clean-lined master bath for their midcentury modern home. They used a double vanity inspired by a 1940s dresser. Its curves and classic charm fulfill the homeowners' wish for a timeless look.
Top kitchen designer Mick de Giulio applies his touch to a master bath and transforms it with transparency. The mirror, lit from above and below, appears to float on the wall. Open shelves convey the same weightless feeling. A limited, light color palette simplifies the bath and sets off accessories with a natural mix of glass, stone, and wood.
The owners' willingness to sacrifice a whirlpool tub created new possibilities. "It opened us up to doing a larger, more luxurious shower, and opened the door to a clean, wide-open design," designer Mick de Giulio says. The doors of the frameless, glass-enclosed shower swing both ways for better ventilation, safety, and ease of use.
To make more room for a master bath, the homeowners switched the functions of the master bath and its adjoining walk-in closet. The contemporary, streamlined look achieves a peaceful, Zen-like atmosphere.
In this kind of bath, it's OK to get water all over the place.
Because they already had a traditional bath, the homeowners decided to make their new one completely different. They wanted it to be open and airy, like something one might see on vacation. Designers call it a wet room. The shower -- without a door or enclosure -- sprays toward the middle of the room, where there's a sloped floor and a drain.
The homeowners prefer the clean lines of midcentury modern design, and their small bath reflects that minimalism. A small vanity -- made entirely of stainless steel -- stands in one corner and the toilet in another. A love of simplicity also led the couple to contemporary choices, such as a sleek wall-mount faucet and a perimeter channel for the sink.
This once-outdated bath couldn't be enlarged, but it begged for better space allocation as well as a sophisticated new look.
Flanking bedrooms prevented the homeowners from expanding their small bath or adding windows. Adding a skylight and recessed light fixtures brightened the room. On the floor, black and white ceramic tiles and taupe travertine tiles provide visual texture.
Removing a ledge next to the bath's original tub-shower unit freed space for a larger shower stall. A recessed niche keeps towel bars from jutting into the room. The walk-in, clear-glass shower stall opens the room. For a dose of extra luxury, the homeowners added a radiant-heat floor in the shower stall so it would always be warm.
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