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
For more information on kitchen and bath design ideas go to: www.kitchenstudio-ge.com
What Houzz contributors are saying:
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
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.
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.