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Mirrors and greenhouse corner make this bath bigger and brighter.

Mirrors and a greenhouse corner make this bath bigger and brighter

By enclosing a 5 1/2- by 11 1/2-foot roof deck, the owners of this hillside house nearly doubled the size of their master bedroom. Mirrors and a greenhouse corner brighten the expanded room and increase the sense of spaciousness.

Openings that provide access to the bathroom flank a narrow center wall 4 feet wide and 6 inches deep. On the side facing the bedroom, painted gypsum board covers the wall; on the side facing the bathroom, dramatic floor-to-ceiling mirrors frame a pedestal sink.

Bolted to a low stud wall rising from the perimeter of the former deck is the aluminum-framed greenhouse section. Act its top, the frame mounts to the vertical face of the house. For energy efficiency, the double-glazed greenhouse has a clear film of "heat mirror' that reflects infrared heat back into the living space. Outside, the glass has a mirrored surface that slows the direct gain of heat and adds daytime privacy. Mini-blinds screen the vertical section of the greenhouse. Along the top, built-in ceiling fans help vent heat and moisture.

For starry-night soaking, a large hydro-massage tub sits beneath the greenhouse in a 20-inch-high tiled platform. A removable panel in the platform wall conceals the tub's pump.

Adding the new bath area meant rearranging the old. The owners used mirror-covered interior walls to divide the 11 1/2-foot depth of the old room. Out of sight behind the marble-topped vanity is a 4- by 5 1/2-foot room containing a toilet and bidet. A room and tub platform.

Owners Juana and Bruce Wagner of Pacifica, California, designed the remodeled room.

Photo: Bathroom side of center wall is mirrored, contains two shallow 1- by 3-foot storage compartments with electrical outlets.

Photo: Two openings from bedroom lead to expanded bath. In the tiled area at right, a new tub sits under a greenhouse window section. To the left, a dressing area--with mirror-covered walls that expand the room visually--is fully carpeted. Pocket door in left wall leads to enlarged closet

Photo: Glass bends above double-width tub. Dark-tiled overhange around tub platform masks lights recessed under lip
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