Bright Windowless Bathroom
The challenge of this remodel was transforming our client’s narrow landlocked bathroom into a bright, enjoyable space that they would enjoy spending time in. The clients wanted to remove the existing bathroom partition which segmented the space and blocked half the room from getting the natural light their skylight offered. Although they wanted the bathroom to feel more spacious, in the new design they wanted to recreate a private toilet area, separate from the vanity and shower stall. They also wanted to replace their tub with a shower stall that spacious and pleasant to be in. To meet all of these needs, MAK designed the bathroom to take over the existing closet which previously backed up to the bathroom, and moved their closet to the other side of the bedroom. The new bathroom now has a private water closet that includes a panel wall of touch-latch cabinetry and motion-activated dimmable strip lighting which provides nighttime path lighting.
Given the fact the bathroom was landlocked, making the new space feel as light and bright as possible was a priority. To achieve this, MAK designers incorporated various layers of light by adding ambient lighting throughout, taking away the partition that split the skylight to allow for more natural light to stream in, and using vibrant, reflective Heath accent tiles in the space. The Heath tiles were used in all of the accent niches throughout the bathroom. The tile was used in various hues and sizes to create a green tile mosaic on the shower floor.
The once cramped, dark bathroom is now a stunning bathroom that is anchored in continuous clean lines, pops of vibrant green color, and beautiful light. Yes, it is still landlocked but due to the skylight and smart design choices - you don't even miss the windows!
Sometimes in remodeling, the best details are the ones you don't see. Since the goal of this project was to make the space feel light and streamlined, the designers worked to ensure that the clean lines throughout the project were not interrupted by clunky fixtures. One example of the care put into preserving these modern lines was the way the shower glass was installed. Rather than anchoring the glass to the pony wall with visible external hardware, the MAK team made a rabbet in the quartz top and cut a groove into the wall tiles. The glass panel was then slid through these channels and glued in place. The result is a secure glass panel that gives the illusion that it is free-standing on top of the pony wall. Another double-take detail included is the hidden seam drain installed in the walk-in shower. The drain is disguised as a grout line in the green mosaic tile floor, made up of stacked Heath ceramic tiles of various shades and sizes.