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Minimalist bathroom photo in Portland
Hammer & Hand
Hammer & Hand
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Tiny Bath Remodel

This tiny bathroom remodel in Portland facilitates aging-in-place by tucking a fully functioning shower into a first floor bathroom. The 3' by 3' wet room also employs universal design features like a no-lip shower and a cleverly-placed toilet to allow seated bathing. Fixtures and shelving are placed in a corner to maximize elbow-room, and a sink and gray water cistern system integrated into the toilet conserves both water and space. QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROJECT? Check out our FAQ page here: http://hammerandhand.com/field-notes/tiny-bathroom-remodel-frequently-asked-questions/

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Cynthia Winter Architects, LLC wrote:June 25, 2012
  • Sueann Sherman
    Where do source the toilet/sink in Canada? We live in Winnipeg.
  • PRO
    Domain Interior Studio
    I"m not exactly sure how I would like this space if I needed to use it daily -- but I sure do cherish the idea of being able to clean and then "hose down" my toilet instead of having to stoop and wipe every crevasse. I'd even like to see the more sleek 'tapered-column' style toilets here... very innovative!
Nicole Anderson wrote:July 15, 2012
  • occo
    Wash with shower head, no need paper!
  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    The toilet paper holder is on the back of the door. Since the shower is used very infrequently, there is no need to remove it.
suzannadanna wrote:July 23, 2012
  • Noor Dhyaa
    So smart , wonderfull.
    The designer knows so well how to use this little space.
  • micholc
    This is such an awesome use of space!
jeanniemarie wrote:September 26, 2012
How very clever! What did you use under the tile to create a slope to drain? We've been looking at tile redi

  • kellyflavis
    Everything is compact and well thought of. Way to go!
  • rontye
    Creepy indeed. Even in more primitive times, outhouses were separate from bathing areas.
jeanniemarie wrote:September 26, 2012
Dimensions of entire room- with a minimum of 21" in front of a toilet then it's larger than 3x3

tracychild wrote:February 28, 2013
why, and what do you wear on your feet when you only need the toilet

  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    The project was designed in case the home owners were unable to access the second floor allowing them to occupy the home in their later years. Since there is a drain in the floor, the water would drain out and the floor would not be wet so now special footwear would be required.
  • Ryan
    except for when someone just finished showering.. then the floor would still be wet and would require footwear. I also cant imagine how hard it would be to clean any soap scum, etc, from behind and around that toilet. This whole concept just seems strange. To each their own I guess.
GeoE wrote:June 26, 2013
  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    Great questions @ebeth1sparky!

    We always prefer to install vinyl or fiberglass windows in showers, due to moisture concerns.
    However, this project was somewhat unique, in that the homeowner wanted to keep the original wood window in place, and opted to have the window painted with several coats of oil based paint at finish.
    The window trim was removed, and the tile setter installed the waterproof membrane (Kerdi system) up to the window jamb and the window trim was reinstalled using only silcone/glue, in order not to pierce the membrane with nails.

    The owner is aware that maintenance is required to ensure that the unit is sealed and caulking etc. kept intact.
  • Courtney Collum-Gray
    I love this wet room! Reminds me of the Navy! Can you explain the lighting used here? Thanks!
mimibrunner wrote:August 16, 2013
  • Grace Reed
    Good points. Do you have pics and information on the ones you've done?
  • PRO
    DMH DESIGN
    Grace, you can check out my website www.dmhdesign.net. It needs an update as I have recently moved, but there are a couple of projects that have accessible kitchens and or baths for your review, if you are interested. Happy Houzzing!
spoliz wrote:August 20, 2013
  • j calk
    This is very European in design. I am always amazed at how the Italians manage rooms like this without getting the toilet tissue wet!
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    RomaPorte
    For this situation our team would recommend the installation of Italian pocket doors. With this type of door you will be able to both open and close your bathroom door without much of a hassle. In addition, we also make them in a white matte finish that will match and improve the over all look of your bathroom. More information in our pockets doors can be found at http://www.romaporte.com

    Sincerely,
    The RomaPorte Team
hsudesigns wrote:September 22, 2013
  • awilhay
    Looks like a prison cell to me! Hope I never have to work with such a small space! Dont like the idea of brushing my teeth over the toilet!!
  • alpore

    I just don't get the negative comments. It's not as if they had more space and chose to do it this way. They had a tiny space and the option of creating a bathroom so that people could stay in their home. Given the parameters, it's an amazing job.

jlombardo52 wrote:November 13, 2013
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    BISHOP architects
    We custom built a japanese soaking tub with a shower head. It looked great and the dimensions felt right, but I never took a shower in it. It was a real space saver and the design fit the overall aesthetic
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    Maya House
    Travel to Bulgaria where there are never a shower stall but rather the shower head and floor drain in the floor. I think it is great. You can spray the toilet with ease...great for older folks too.
Doris Wakefield wrote:December 18, 2013
  • dream22
    Does it work with US plumbing requirements?
  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    This bathroom was built in a US home, so yes!
dspader wrote:January 26, 2014
Is the ceiling tiled also?

  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    Thanks for the question! The ceiling is not tiled, it's painted with mold-resistant primer (Zinsser Bullseye) and finished with an eggshell finish paint from Benjamin Moore.
Jeff Michels wrote:January 30, 2014
  • Nancy Cooper
    Do you know what kind of fan system is best for wet bath?
  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    A Panasonic FV-08VKM3 - WhisperGreen 80 CFM Ventilation Fan was used in this space.
Blue Ocean Studio wrote:April 20, 2014
  • serebrowd
    Cross contamination isn't an issue in here due to the sink integrated in the top of the toilet, which runs fresh clean water out and then collects the soapy water in the tank to use for the toilet's next flush--at least, it's no more an issue than in any other bathroom, assuming you WASH YOUR HANDS in the sink after using the toilet and before turning on the shower! (Public restrooms are worse; you've got to unlock the stall door before you can get out to wash your hands.) Everything else in the room can be sprayed down with the showerhead.
  • southerngirls
    Excellent reuse of sink water. Conservation!!!
    Love all this!!!
comesthesun wrote:June 27, 2014
  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    This is a code-compliant plumbing fixture and definitely legal.
Natalie Florvil wrote:July 29, 2014
  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    On the windowsill, out of range of the spray from the shower head.
deargypsy wrote:August 8, 2014
  • PRO
    Hammer & Hand
    Hi!

    Here is a link to the information on this toilet: http://www.caromausa.com/database/files/Profile_Smart_305.pdf

    As for the window - we always prefer to install vinyl or fiberglass windows in showers, due to moisture concerns. However, this project was somewhat unique, in that the homeowner wanted to keep the original wood window in place, and opted to have the window painted with several coats of oil based paint at finish.

    The window trim was removed, and the tile setter installed the waterproof membrane (Kerdi system) up to the window jamb and the window trim was reinstalled using only silcone/glue, in order not to pierce the membrane with nails.

    The owner is aware that maintenance is required to ensure that the unit is sealed and caulking etc. kept intact.

    Hope that helps!
lifenow wrote:November 6, 2014
Benson Yachnin wrote:June 11, 2015
Really?!

    Jennifer Wilson wrote:August 5, 2015
    • PRO
      Hammer & Hand

      Hello -- thanks for the questions! We're based in Portland and Seattle, so we don't have any ideas on Boston contractors. This is a Caroma cistern toilet with an integrated hand basin, which can be found here. We've also done a FAQ for this project, which you might find useful when planning your attic bathroom: http://bit.ly/1IHr0as


      Good luck!

    • Mary
      Sleeping dog property out of Boston, the stuff they do is amazing.
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