The See-Through Bath
Pocket doors allow a view from the bedroom, through a beautiful bath, to the outdoors.
Synopsis: A burst pipe prompted the remodeling of this bathroom, whose layout and fixtures were overdue for an upgrade. Replacing the swinging door with a set of pocket doors enabled Edie Sebesta to design a bath worthy of being seen. When the pocket doors are open, persons in the adjacent bedroom can look into the bath at a new central vanity, a shimmering blue backsplash, a vessel sink, and a view out the window.
In 2007, a family of five moved into this historic home. Content to leave it as it was, they added only a few personal touches. During a harsh winter, however, a pipe burst, which led to their decision to remodel this bathroom, a full bath off one of their daughters’ bedrooms, that was overdue for an upgrade anyway.
The existing bathroom was shoehorned into a small rectangular space. It was dark, had little storage, and was interrupted by an obtrusive in-swing door. A 1950s tub took up lots of space but provided little functionality, and it had no shower. The laminate vanity had a stainless-steel drop-in sink and a faucet similar to what you might find in a 1980s kitchen. Finally, the lighting was insufficient and unbalanced.
The biggest impact on the bathroom was our decision to replace the swinging door with double pocket doors. The pocket doors open the bathroom to the bedroom in a much bigger way, offering better circulation into and inside of the bath while keeping the bedroom wall outside the bath clear for furniture. They also allow the vanity to be seen from the bedroom, offering a shimmering view of the backsplash and the tall mirrors flanking the window and the decorative vessel sink below it. On one end of the bathroom is a toilet room with its own door, and on…