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Cramped and awkward to spacious and relaxing ... without adding an inch.

Packing a second sink and vanity into an 80-square-foot master bath without adding floor space presented a challenge for Portland designer Connie Moore. When owners Andrea and Ed Gassman also requested a more comfortable room incorporating a spa, their vision began to sound like the impossible dream.

By shuffling a few elements, however, Moore gave the Gassmans what they wanted. She began by tackling the doors, shifting the pocket door a few feet; this freed wall space for a generous 6-footlong counter that houses a pair of vanity cabinets and expanded storage. To create a more open space, she also eliminated the hinged door that divided the tub and sink from the shower and toilet. A custom shower enclosure (complete with tiled niches) and an acrylic hydromassage bath satisfied the Gassmans' longing for creature comforts. The tub is equipped with four jets and a waterfall spout. At Mrs. Gassman's request, the designer added a hand-held shower head with a 6-foot hose for cleaning tile and tub. Although the tub has an 80-gallon capacity, the existing 2-by-6 floor joists didn't need to be reinforced.

Moore sealed tongue-and-groove cedar paneling with a water-base preservative. Beige fixtures, brass faucets, and almond tile with forest green accents complement the warm wood tones. Overhead canister lights, controlled by a dimmer switch, cast soft lighting over the bath.
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Date:Nov 1, 1988
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