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Space enough for just a tub.

Space enough for just a tub

Too small to be called a room, this closet-size nook makes an intimate and inviting space for a bathtub.

At only 63 inches wide, the end wall was too narrow to comfortably accept an old-fashioned tub that owners Mary and Wes Chamberlin wanted to use. Angling the tub across the slender space made room for it and added interest to the bath.

The claw-footed tub sits in a redwood-topped surround that masks the time-worn porcelain exterior; only the rim and inside are visible. Silicone caulk prevents water from seeping under the rim, and several coats of polyurethane seal the wood. The surround also provides display space in what would have been a hard-to-reach back corner.

The surround extends 6 feet into the nook from the back wall. The top is 24 inches off the carpeted floor. Part of the top rests on ledgers nailed to the walls; the front end and angled side rest on a 2-by-4 frame covered with gypsum board.

At the narrow front end, the surround steps down to an 18-inch-high laundry hamper. Its 24-inch-square top has a hinged lid.

A distinctive semicircular window in the back wall echoes the rounded ends of the tub; on the side facing a neighbor, a narrow, openable window high in the wall provides light, privacy, and venting.

Design: architect David Wright of Nevada City, California.

Photo: Redwood tops of tub-surround and hamper add color and texture to bath nook. Gypsum-board enclosure conceals old tub
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Date:May 1, 1986
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