1980's LAUNDRY ROOM TURNED GUEST BATH
BEFORE LAUNDRY ROOM PHOTOS
Here's the new floor plan. The length of the room turned out perfectly to comfortably fit in all the bathroom fixtures, and without making it feel too cramped.
Sink cabinet is 42”w
Toilet space is 36”w
Shower is 40"w
Window size, location and lack of visual privacy
The biggest challenge with converting the laundry room into the guest bathroom was the location and size of the existing window. To keep cost down by not actually changing the window, I incorporated it into the shower. The window will be framed with tile, similar to how these soap cubbies were finished. For privacy, we'll be obscuring the lower portion of the window.
As a guest bathroom, storage isn't as critical as it would be in a more well-used bathroom so that gave me the opportunity to design the cabinetry like an open piece of furniture. That said, with bathroom sink cabinets, a backsplash is a must. So how do you do that, and still make it look furniture-like? You do a three-sided one. Notice how I designed the sides of the splash with a gentle slope - that way it provides splash protection without making it feel boxed-in.
ELEVATION & PLAN - SINK WALL
ELEVATION & PLAN - SHOWER WALL
The first elevation shows the exterior view of the shower wall, while the other shows the interior window wall of the shower. Again, the window will be framed with tile and the glass obscured.
ELEVATION & PLAN - DOOR WALL
Although the selections shown here were presented to the client in the early stages of the design process, much of the selections have stayed the same as the project as moved along.
Well-styled, semi-flush wall lights aren't always the easiest to find, but for this project a found a few that would work nicely.
WALL LIGHT OPTIONS
Did you notice that I only included one wall light, and it's actually on the side wall instead of the mirror wall? Handling it this way allowed me to get a larger mirror above the sink. Since the ceilings are only 8'-0" high, I wanted to increase the sense of space by providing as much reflection as possible. Additionally, having longer vertical lines in the space will help provide an optical illusion of a higher ceiling.
THE TAKE AWAY
For cost-savings, consider obscuring existing windows instead of replacing them in situations where privacy is needed, like we are doing with this project
When including a window in a shower, be sure to tile all around it to prevent water damage
For a furniture-look sink cabinet, include a three sided backsplash, as opposed to a two-sided one, where it is only on the front & side wall
When working in spaces with 8"-0" ceilings, add vertical lines where ever possible like I've done in this project with both the wall mirror and tall wall light — this trick will help the ceilings feel higher.