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Partitions of glass block let plenty of light through.

Partitions of glass block let plenty of light through

Bathed in natural light, this 6- by 12-foot bathroom relies heavily on glass block to seem spacious and open without compromising privacy.

Light pours through the glass blocks that fill all but the uppermost 15 inches of the bathroom's south-facing exterior wall. Two translucent partitions split the compact space into three alcoves--for the shower, two sinks, and a toilet. With the glass-block dividers just 4 inches thick, the plumbing fixtures all fit along one wall, cutting building costs.

To avoid a sense of enclosure, the parallel partitions extent just 3 1/2 feet into the room and stop short of the ceiling, with the toilet baffle reaching 5 feet high, the shower wall 6 1/2 feet. Stairstepped blocks at the upper corners further reduce the sense of division. White walls, a generous mirror, and suspended cabinets below the sink also help make the space seem larger than it is.

The shower area is deep enough not to require a curtain or a door, and a foot-tall splash sill keeps the water in. To prevent water from leaking between the blocks, a paint-on silicone sealer was applied over the grout.

On the tops of the partial walls, clear fir 1-by-5s--treated with five coats of clear satin polyurethane--were affixed with panel adhesive and taped in place while the adhesive dried.

Owner Bill Baum of Seattle designed and built the bathroom.

Photo: Ribbed glass blocks form exterior wall, interior shower-stall wall, and partition between sinks and toilet. Stairstepped corners break up the dividers' mass
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