2014 ASID NJ Silver Award For Design Excellence - Small Bathroom
With the kitchen renovation already underway, the client asked about the possibility of adding a half bath to the first floor. Her active nine-year-old son and his friends could clearly benefit from not racing from the back yard through the house upstairs to the one bathroom in the home; and so could Mom’s nerves!
A critical aspect of small bath design is getting the math right in order to meet code clearance requirements. The solution here is a wall mount toilet (dual flush) with the tank recessed in the wall and a tiny wall mount sink for hand washing. Since every inch was critical, the contractor milled very thin window and door casing as well as chair-rail and baseboard.
As sometimes happens, demolition revealed an alarming condition as seen in the "before" photo: the corner of the house was rotted and sinking. The rotted wood was removed, the house was stabilized, the client was relieved and we were soon back on track again.
Materials were selected to be boy-proof, easy to clean and to flow with the colorful and whimsical design aesthetic we had already established in the rest of the home. (See the kitchen here). Below the chair-rail the walls are paneled with stainless steel sheets – an industrial chic and very cleanable surface. The natural Carrara marble herringbone floor has dark grey grout and the whole floor is sealed.
The focal point of this tiny powder room is a custom map collage "wallpaper" (with a protective clear coat) above the chair-rail. There are quite a few witty mash-ups: Tennessee next to Romania and the Black Sea, the borough of Brooklyn pasted right onto England, Poland right next to Illinois. The client commented that it would make for a really great party game! The vintage aged mirror was a happy find while cleaning out the basement junk from the previous owner. The one wall sconce (on a dimmer) over the sink provides enough light for the small space. The finishing touch was some jewelry for the door: a vintage purple glass doorknob.
General Contractor: Jason Aksman/Fine Custom Carpentry
Map Collage: Fran Phillips/Mulligan & Phillips