Half-Baths Full of Function
Design these small spaces to be as practical as they are beautiful.
Synopsis: Architect Lynn Hopkins offers a full vision of how to make a half-bath work, functionally and aesthetically, to create a sense of privacy for guests in the public spaces of your home. One example shows how re-evaluating the need for a full bath may offer an expanded range of finish options, since moisture and toiletry concerns have been eliminated. Another example suggests taking the attention off a powder room facing the front door between a double staircase. By placing the half-bath beneath one of the staircases, the freed space creates a sightline through the house to the back garden.
Much of my work involves renovating and reconfiguring houses in New England, many of which date back to a time when half-baths were nonexistent. If a house did have an original half-bath, it was likely located in a small shed in the backyard—not exactly the kind of space contemporary homeowners…