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Privacy and openness in a tiny bathroom.

Privacy and openness in a tiny bathroom

Finding the balance between privacy and openness is no easy matter in a large room, but in a 6 1/2- by 8 1/2-foot bathroom it's real challenge. This small remodeled room was a project for a team of three women studying interior design at Canada College in Redwood City, California. As the drawing at right shows, their inventive solution uses two triangular-shaped elements for screening and directing traffic.

The team of Donann Creedon, Linda K. DeMartini, and Judith Todd included a shower, freestanding sink, toilet, and storage shelves in the rectangular room. They used the divider to block the view of the toilet from the door and to establish a zigzag traffic pattern.

Covered with 4-inch gray tile, the 3-foot-high wedge-shaped divider extends 2 feet from the wall behind the toilet. The side facing the entry angles back to the wall at 45|: its countertop and low open shelf are for storage and display.

The divider's angled side establishes the line for the gray floor tiles, which run diagonally. The tiles cover all sides of the divider and wrap around the outside of the shower stall at the right of the doorway. (Contrasting lighter gray tiles line the shower's interior.)

From the doorway, the 2- by 3-foot shower stall screens the view of the pedestal sink. On the back of the shower, the designers added angled storage shelves that parallel the wedge divider on the opposite wall. This 78-inch-high storage area contains three shelves made of 3/8-inch-thick clear acrylic that provides display space while maintaining a light and open look.

For a greater sense of spaciousness, a floor-to-ceiling mirror covers the wall behind the sink. The mirror's angled top follows the pitch of the ceiling in the second-floor bath. Holes drilled in the mirror allowed lighting fixtures to be wired and mounted.

Photo: Angles add interest in small bath. Divider on left (drawing and top picture), storage area behind shower (right picture), and tiled floor change look of rectangular room. Divider screens direct view from doorway

Photo: Polished acrylic shelf rests on metal supports screwed into tile wall
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