Design Tricks to “Enlarge” a Tiny Master Bath
This 1960 ranch still has a 7’8” x 5’ master bath, but it is much more functional after the complete renovation. The porcelain had been scrubbed off the tub and sink and there was only 11 inches between the sink cabinet and the toilet seat. Now, the large Italian tiles look like soft clouds and the glass tile accent stripe gives the room just enough sparkle. The 24” square charcoal toned floor tiles play off the wall’s glass tile accent. A friend built a small cabinet to hold paper towels, a box of tissues, extra toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. There is a GFI outlet behind the shelf for an electric toothbrush. A wall-hung programmable radiant hearer supplies most of the heat for the room. The ADA towel bar, grab bars, paper holder, and corner shower shelf are from Delta. The structure is in place for additional ADA support bars. During some earlier work on the house we had a second access panel to the crawl space added right under the bathroom window so that the workers wouldn’t have to crawl the length of the house to go around the AC duct work.
The wall-hung sink adds visual space. The wall-hung waste-basket is out of reach of the small dogs (who think it’s a snack-barrel.)
Moving the fixtures made the small space much more functional.
The line of accent tile goes past the corner and makes the room look longer from the entrance.
Anyone taking a bath faces the wall and door—not the other fixtures.