There were lots of things to like about the 1970s-era house that Mick and Sally Singer bought, but the master bath wasn’t one of them. It was divided in two parts separated by a solid pocket door, and they had to walk through the lavatory half to get to the bedroom. To top it off, it was carpeted—a mold bomb in waiting.
The couple had three primary goals on their list of bathroom improvements: an entry to the bedroom that didn’t pass through the bath; his-and-hers vanity sinks; and a shower.
Creating an entry meant reworking the closet, a task that Singer, a professional woodworker, took on with relish. Carving off part of the bath for the hallway left little room for his-and-hers vanity sinks, and there wasn’t much room to colonize on either side of the remaining lavatory. This is when stock in the 11-in.-deep linen closet on the other side of the sink wall started to go up. Annexing that space provided just enough room to place two vessel sinks on the new north wall, solving the vanity problem.
The tub was a big soaker that they didn’t need. Replacing it with a 30-in.-wide tub and moving the toilet a few inches north made room for a 36-in.-wide shower. To keep all these elements from balkanizing the bath, the Singers eliminated unnecessary partitions, used glass where partitions were necessary, unified the floor level with no shower curb, and kept a contiguous ceiling throughout. The garden window draws the eye outside and provides a shelf for plants.
Above the shower, an oculus fills the room with daylight and houses indirect light fixtures. For bathroom privacy, a frosted-glass partition next to the vanities teams up with a frosted-glass sliding door to create a two-room bath, daylit through and through.
Carving out a path to the master bedroom that didn’t pass through the bath was job one in this revamped master suite. A sliding frosted-glass door that hangs from a track in the ceiling separates the lavatory from the toilet/washroom.
Design: Michael and Sally Singer, Felton, Calif.
Construction: Michael Singer