GUEST BATH REMODEL FOR A 1960'S CUSTOM HOME
Welcome to Project High Mark, a residential remodel of a custom home that was originally built in the 60's. The lot the home sets on, is like a beautiful park with lots of grass and mature trees. It is absolutely beautiful.
For this post I'll be sharing the final floor plan and cabinet designs for the Guest Bathroom. Early on I provided my clients with different floor plan options for the space but in the end they decided that they would prefer keeping the floor plan as is, but with some fine-tuning.
Change the door swing to the toilet / shower room so it swings against the wall instead of the toilet
Add interest to the cabinet designs so the room feels less tunnel-like
GUEST BATHROOM FLOOR PLAN - BEFORE
GUEST BATH - CONSTRUCTION VIEW
Through-out the house there are a couple of beautiful arched windows, one of which is located in the guest bath. With the window in mind, I set-out to find ways that I could repeat the arched shape in the new bathroom design.
GUEST BATH DESIGN CONCEPTS
Here's an early concept board I provided for the clients - notice the arch in the venetian mirrors, the soft curve in the front of the sink, in the light fixture, and even in the bracket leg detail on the cabinetry.
GUEST BATH ELEVATION - SINK WALL
To add interest to the space, notice how I bumped out the sink sections of the cabinetry and added bracket feet to give it more of a furniture design.
Once we decided on the elevation for the sink wall, which involved selecting and designing with the exact light fixture, mirrors, sinks and faucets, we then turned our focus to the opposing wall.
After exploring different ways to interpret the cabinetry we narrowed it down to having the center section be a make-up vanity with a barreled arch above (yes, to repeat the shape of the arched window), flanked by storage on each side. From there we explored a few more options.
FEATURE CABINET - OPTION A
Notice the ins-and-outs of both the base and upper cabinets. In this option see how the both the uppers and lowers go in.
FEATURE CABINET - OPTION B
This option keeps the upper, middle section setback like is shown in Option A, but the base center cabinet pops out a bit.
FEATURE CABINET - OPTION C
And finally, in this option, the base cabinet stays straight across the from, with no ins-and-outs.
WHAT DESIGN DID THE CLIENT'S CHOOSE?
Turns out the my favorite, Option A, is also the clients' favorite too. Option A wins single-handedly!
THE TAKE AWAY
If at all possible, it is best if doors swing against a blank wall. It gives them a place to rest while not interfering with other doors, cabinets, or plumbing fixtures. That said, sometimes in remodels, you have to accept less than perfect solutions. For this project we improved the door swings situation by 50% - unfortunately the door leading into the bathroom will open against the cabinets but fortunately the door leading into the toilet / shower / tub combo room will now swing against a wall instead of the toilet.
In less than perfect solutions, its best to weigh-out all the pros and cons, like we did with this project. Yes, it's not great to have the door open against the cabinet, but the extra storage and symmetry to the room that the cabinets will provide makes it all worth it.
Line is one of the Elements of Design, and repetition is one of the Principles of Design. Both provide the very basic ingredients to good design. In this project we repeated the arched, or curve line to enhance the design and add continuity in the space. Though subtle, paying attention to these kinds of details will elevate your design projects
Now let's talk about the in-and-outs, or depths of the cabinets - this was done to add dimension and to avoid a tunnel-like feel in the room - but even so the extra detail will elevate the space from good to outstanding.
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