A Three-Quarter Bath in Half the Space
A small bath makes the most of its 25-sq.-ft. footprint.
Synopsis: After buying a 1911 Craftsman house in Northfield, Minn., architect Steve Wilmot and his family had some work to do. In addition to remodeling the upstairs bathroom, they also wanted to create a bathroom in a first-floor closet under the stairs that had a toilet but nothing else. After studying the 3-ft. by 8-ft. space and making some preliminary drawings, Wilmot realized that the space was just big enough for him to install a toilet, a sink, and a shower. In order to accomplish such a feat, however, he had to move the toilet and the door. The new door was positioned directly across the sink location, so Wilmot had to choose a sink small enough for clearance. He was able to find one at a garage sale.
Architect Steve Wilmot and his family live in a Craftsman-style house in Northfield, Minn. The house was built in 1911 by a Swedish carpenter who occupied it for the next 50 years. Afterward, the house endured a long line of owners who neglected it over several decades. The Wilmots bought the house at a garage sale. (The owner had included the house in the list of items for sale in her newspaper ad.) It needed work, but it was a solid structure with plenty of character that had lots of potential.
While remodeling the upstairs bathroom was at the top of their priority list, the Wilmots also wanted a more complete bath to replace the quasi-powder room that occupied a closet in the first-floor bedroom. (The closet, approximately 3 ft. by 8 ft., contained a toilet but no sink.) After studying the space and making preliminary drawings, Wilmot realized that the space was just big enough for a sink, a shower stall, and a relocated toilet.
Ceiling determines fixture locations
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