From Closet to Wet BathModern Bathroom, Chicago

When my client approached me with the task of making a full guest bath out of two adjoining closets that measured only 39 x 79 combined, I was curious to see what we could come up with. So pencil to paper, together we came up with a plan that works.

Since we were faced with a very limited amount of space, I felt the first step was to get everything up off the floor to allow for a more spacious feel. A wall hung vanity, wall hung toilet and a curb free shower create a sense of space inside the room. A small bump out into the adjacent bedroom was necessary to allow for proper clearances for sink & toilet. Due to the limited space, a wet room concept was used, with the shower open to the rest of the room. Therefore all the materials specified can get wet without damage – porcelain, teak & tile. A small teak flip up bench provides seating in the shower. A teak shelf, medicine cabinet, and niches near the sink and in the shower provide additional areas for storage. A small towel bar on the front of the sink even provides a spot for a hand towel.

Proper ventilation and lighting were very important in this small space, so a higher powered ventilation system was used. A combination fan/light and recessed lighting make sure the space is properly illuminated.

The large format tone-on-tone tiles that cover the walls floor to ceiling were selected to help make the room appear larger. The smaller format floor tiles in a darker color provide contrast and a surer grip for safety.

Kitchen design by The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn (Glen Ellyn, IL)

Designed by: Susan Klimala, CKD, CBD
Photo by: Dawn Jackman

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rebeccaholliday wrote:Feb 24, 2012
  • denniti

    I'm so sorry for the late response. For some reason I wasn't getting my notifications. The shower dimensions are: 33.4"W x 37.4"W

  • denniti

    *37.4"D including 4 inch lip

chancethearm wrote:Jul 11, 2012
  • Carolyn Zierke
    you will need a 2x6 wall...we just installed 2 of them in our new home, and I had to fir out the wall.
  • josephminturn

    I am having trouble getting info in my area about these toilets, as far as when repairs go? How hard is it for any extensive repairs?

rainy44 wrote:Jul 23, 2012
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    Beautiful Remodel llc
    Hi Rainy44, As S. Thomas has correctly pointed out, you'l need to create a slope for the new curb-less shower drain. In our area local bldg code requires that we create a 1/4" PF slope to the drain, so the only way we can realistically do that is to remove the existing slab. See the attached photos which show the demo'ed slab, new sub-slope concrete and finished floor. Its a lot of work but creates a great finished product.

  • PRO
    The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn
    Sorry we didn't have the resources at the time of your question to reply back to you. We hope your project turned out beautifully! Thanks to everyone for your reply's!
mzura wrote:May 20, 2012
  • PRO
    The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn
    These are actually from Dal Tile. The same tile is used on the floor but in a darker color and smaller size for safety and to help with the slope for the drain.
  • iwaymark
    Thank you.
Renovate, Inc wrote:Mar 20, 2014
  • pankilpatel
    Can you tell me the details of the showered? Is it part of the Kohler handheld? Thanks.
  • pankilpatel
    Sorry, shower head
laurieap wrote:Jun 28, 2013
  • janerauen
    shower wo/walls
  • Jason Chu
    what is the dimensions of the bathroom?
Sara Alligood wrote:Aug 25, 2012
  • cshop
    What are the dimensions of the entire bathroom? Thank you!
  • PRO
    The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn
    Sorry we didn't have the resources at the time of your question to reply back to you. We hope your project turned out beautifully!
jdruhl wrote:May 25, 2013
childers6 wrote:Aug 25, 2012
  • PRO
    The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn
    The drain is sloped just like a typical drain in a custom shower base, however, in this instance it was notched into the existing floor joists and extra structural support was added. It is a bit tricky, and I highly recommended hiring a competent qualified contractor with experience doing these types of installations. You will also want to check local buildings codes, and if structural work needs to be done you will most likely need the help of an architect or structural engineer.
  • twix430
    any chance you know the dimensions of the sink from wall (back to front)?
jarmeldds wrote:Jan 15, 2014
cfmccoy wrote:Mar 7, 2013
  • PRO
    The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn
    No, this was not really a concern with this space as the shower spray is mainly contained within the shower area itself. A spatter or two may get onto the toilet, but not much more than that (unless the kids get a hold of the hand spray, haha!)
mkingery2 wrote:Jan 27, 2013
  • PRO
    The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn
    By stool, are you referring to the toilet or the bench seat? A toilet must have a minimum of 30" of width and 21" in front for proper clearances. In this bath we had to bump into the adjoining room (you can see the transition at the wall) in order to achieve the proper dimensions.
kristineandmike wrote:Mar 28, 2012

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Laura Gaskill added this to 9 Big Space-Saving Ideas for Tiny BathroomsJan 11, 2014

2. Wall-mounted toilet. This wet bath has another feature widely used in Europe — a petite wall-mounted toilet. This style of toilet might look a little flimsy, but it’s actually quite strong when properly installed. Not having the center pedestal and upper tank to contend with makes this a major space saver.Shop toilets on Houzz

Samantha Schoech added this to Make a Tiny Bathroom Work WondersJul 3, 2012

Zero-threshold showers are very common in Mexico, and they open up a tiny space. The lack of doors or dividers demands that the floor be angled toward the drain, but also lends a roomier feeling. Check out that flip-up wooden seat against the wall — perfect for shaving.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR added this to Get More From Your Small BathroomFeb 15, 2012

6. Go curbless. This tiny bathroom makes use of several techniques to maximize the space both functionally and visually. Creating a curbless shower area allows you to use the same flooring in an unbroken line, eliminating the chopped-up feeling created by a step up into the shower. Click on the photo to read the designer's full description of all the things done to create a functional bath out of two former closets.

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