Small Bathroom Remodel: An Airy Retreat

Thanks to a creative remodel, this small bath packs plenty of amenities into its 14x7-foot space while maintaining a light and soothing atmosphere.

For the owners of a 1909 Edwardian home, an extensive renovation yielded a master bath that soothes mind, body, and spirit. Only 14x7 feet, the space offers an airy feel and practical features usually found in much larger bathrooms.

Architect Jonathan Feldman and interior designer Kristi Sandford aimed to create a space that stayed true to the home's historical character but worked for today's lifestyle. "The architectural intervention was more modern, light, and fresh," Feldman says. "We wanted a design that was timely but didn't seem foreign to the home." High ceilings and an open floor plan maximize the bath's square footage and allow for everything on the owners' wish list: a spacious soaking tub, double sinks, and a private toilet compartment. "Our goal was to make the bath feel as open as possible without chopping up the floor plan," Feldman says.

Ceramic tile that imitates vein-cut travertine inspired the room's soft neutral color scheme and restful vibe. The eye-catching tile covers the floor, walls, and tub surround. "We feel it is really complicated yet subtle," Sandford says. "It has an interesting depth to it." The tile's color variations are seen throughout the bath -- from the creamy cabinetry to the honed white marble that tops the vanity and tub surround.

The tile's matte finish contrasts with one of the most striking elements of the room: a shimmering band of mixed Calacatta marble mosaic tiles. "We were able to add bling to the travertine-style tile with the beautiful accent tile," Sandford says. Wrapping around the room, the mosaic band forms the backsplash for the custom vanity, which provides ample storage.

The vanity's compact top drawer fits between the sinks, space that is often unused in a bath. Its front panel matches the width of the other drawers for a uniform look. In a compact bath, niches and overlooked empty spaces might require creative applications to make them usable, but they also add valuable storage in convenient locations.

Mirrors flanked by linear sconces add to the room's classic yet contemporary design. The two floating mirrors reflect light from the halogen sconces and from skylights above, adding to the open feeling of the room.

With sleek lines and a polished chrome finish, this modern faucet complements the neutral, linear backdrop of the tub and walls.

Adjacent to the vanity, the private toilet compartment offers separation as well as additional storage space for towels and linens. Its frosted-glass door admits light without sacrificing privacy, making the space feel less like a closet and more like a part of the larger space.

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