A Skylight Cheers Up an Attic Bath
Popping a skylight into a low roof made room for a bath alcove with brilliant sunrise views.
Synopsis: This attic bath used to have the worst layout. It was tiny, dark, and cramped. In order to improve circulation and bring in some natural light, writer and architect Scott Donahue decided to recess the bathtub into the adjacent attic. Gone are the confining sidewalls. In their place is a pretty tub/shower combo capped with a large operable skylight. Other improvements include a bench of cedar 2x4s on edge and a wedge-shaped vanity that contributes to the room’s open feeling.
Of all the rooms in this old house, built in 1916, the third-floor bath had the worst layout. The room measured less than 5 ft. wide by 11 ft. long, and the tub was tucked between floor-to-ceiling sidewalls. Getting to the toilet required squeezing through a 14-in.-wide passageway between the tub and the sink.
I wanted to improve circulation and bring some light into this dark, cramped shooting…