From Closet to Wet Bath

When my client approached me with the task of making a full guest bath out of two adjoining closets that measured only 39 x 79 combined, I was curious to see what we could come up with. So pencil to paper, together we came up with a plan that works.

Since we were faced with a very limited amount of space, I felt the first step was to get everything up off the floor to allow for a more spacious feel. A wall hung vanity, wall hung toilet and a curb free shower create a sense of space inside the room. A small bump out into the adjacent bedroom was necessary to allow for proper clearances for sink & toilet. Due to the limited space, a wet room concept was used, with the shower open to the rest of the room. Therefore all the materials specified can get wet without damage – porcelain, teak & tile. A small teak flip up bench provides seating in the shower. A teak shelf, medicine cabinet, and niches near the sink and in the shower provide additional areas for storage. A small towel bar on the front of the sink even provides a spot for a hand towel.

Proper ventilation and lighting were very important in this small space, so a higher powered ventilation system was used. A combination fan/light and recessed lighting make sure the space is properly illuminated.

The large format tone-on-tone tiles that cover the walls floor to ceiling were selected to help make the room appear larger. The smaller format floor tiles in a darker color provide contrast and a surer grip for safety.

Kitchen design by The Kitchen Studio of Glen Ellyn (Glen Ellyn, IL)

Designed by: Susan Klimala, CKD, CBD
Photo by: Dawn Jackman

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Laura Gaskill added this to 9 Amazing Space-Saving Ideas for Tiny Bathrooms5 March 2018

2. Wall-mounted toiletThis wet bath has a petite wall-mounted toilet. This style of toilet might look a little flimsy, but it’s actually quite strong when properly installed. Not having the centre pedestal and upper tank to contend with makes this a major space saver.

Rashmi Haralalka added this to 11 Compact City Bathrooms Wow With Clever Design Solutions3 March 2018

2. Measuring 39 x 79 inches (combined), this compact city bathroom has a wall-hung sink, a wall-mounted toilet and a curbless shower, leaving the floor space clear. Plenty of recessed lights compensate for the absence of natural light. Here are 7 space-enhancing tricks for bathrooms

What Houzzers are commenting on:

lsellman added this to lsellman's ideas2 days ago

wall mounted toilet saves space

Pam Rein added this to Cindy & Jim's Baths7 November 2019

Large dimension tiles in shower-less grout. Handheld shower for the future, & for cleaning

Sherry Purdy added this to Sherry's ideas27 October 2019

How feasible is this small toilet?

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