Closet or Bath?
A trade-off seemed inevitable, but a clever solution made both possible.
Synopsis: In a Craftsman-era house designed by the great Bay Area architect Bernard Maybeck, a teenager’s bedroom co-habits with less than a half-bath; it’s a bedroom-plus-sink combination. When the homeowners decide their son is due for an upgrade, the plan is to colonize the room’s closet for a bath expansion. But what about the lost storage? Author Charles Miller provides play-by-play of the architect’s other chess move. The result is an improved use of space with a net gain over the old closet’s storage, and a full, modern, uncluttered bath.
Charlie’s bedroom was just about perfect. Upstairs in a Craftsman-era house designed a century ago by the great Bay Area architect Bernard Maybeck, the room overlooks a winding creek shaded by large oak trees. The only thing missing in Charlie’s bedroom was the rest of the bathroom.
At the turn of the 20th century, it was common for a bedroom to have its own lavatory. Charlie’s bedroom shared this arrangement; the bathing and toilet facilities were in a bathroom down the hall. As Charlie turned the corner into his teenage years, however, having his own full bath rose higher on the priority list. His bedroom closet was the logical piece of real estate for a bathroom expansion. But what about the lost storage? Replacing that was the other chess move.
A signature detail restores storage
Leslie Lamarre of TRG Architects in Burlingame, Calif., came up with a solution that simultaneously replaced the lost closet space and added a classic Craftsman detail to the room: a window seat flanked by cabinets.
The cabinets are 24 in. deep. That’s enough for hanging clothes, and it’s a more efficient use of space than the old 39-in.-deep closet. One cabinet has two rods for hanging shirts…