Blue Bath Special
A gloomy bath sheds its claustrophobic character without losing a single wall
Question: What do the words “polished,” “open,” and “W Hotel” have in common?
Answer: They were all on the list of aesthetic criteria that Terilynn Perez used to describe what she wanted in her remodeled bath. Rounding out the list were modern, light, and unique. A glance at the “before” photo explains the inspiration for this list. Architect Eric Dumican had one other criterion to consider as he pondered potential solutions: Don’t move any walls. And oh yes, given the bath’s location inside the house, windows weren’t an option.
Dumican’s plan for the new bath kept all the fixtures and walls in the same place, with an operable skylight over the shower funneling daylight into the room. The central lavatory space is flanked by translucent sliding doors; one leads to the shower room, and the other to a walk-in closet. Made of 1-in.-thick acrylic panels, the doors are sandblasted on one side. When closed, the shower-side door is a luminous plank that lights up the serene blue walls.
Methodical and orderly, rectilinear details such as the square glass tiles in the shower, the inset tile baseboards, and the powder-coated steel vanity bring polish, light, and a modern touch to this recast bath. Unlike the original blocky base cabinet, the new vanity floats above the floor, its shape echoed by the soffit above.
Design: Eric Dumican, principal; Dumican Mosey Architects, San Francisco, Calif. www.dumicanmosey.com
Builder: Abela Construction, San Jose, Calif.