NKBA 2020 - 2nd Place

“Best Small Bathroom”


Guest Bathroom
NKBA Design Competition 2020
Prepared by: Mark Ashton

The guest bathroom in this 100-year-old home was dated and required renovations. The layout was to remain the same, but improvements were needed to modernize the space. The new design addressed certain challenges with the shower, and also the need to improve safety, and comfort. The aim was to create a modern bathroom to be enjoyed by guests that included a curbless shower, textured surfaces and wood accents, along with black metallic accents.

A number of significant changes were made to improve the space. The corner closet was removed, and this allowed for a larger walk in shower without a door. Smaller textured shower floor tiles were also used inside the shower for safety, and to act as a transition between the bathroom area and the shower. A niche was installed for convenience and safety to avoid bending, and prevent falls. And to improve comfort, heated flooring was installed with wifi thermostat controls, and insulation was spray foamed on all exterior walls. Existing heated towel warmers remained in the space.

The clients wanted a bathroom for their guests that was simple to use and easy to clean. With this in mind the space needed to be minimal, with simple storage solutions. This was accomplished by installing a wall hung Toto toilet, and a Wet Style open vanity with metal accents, and a wall hung wood storage drawer. A matching mirror above also included shelving for basic hygiene routines.

Lighting and automation improvements include the addition of 6” flat panel LED potlights both inside and outside of the shower, a vibrant globe vanity light with black matching metal accents, and previously mentioned wifi controlled heated flooring with bright coloured displays for easy reading.

The highlight of this bathroom is its’ simplicity, and safety. With textured white shower wall tiles, and contrasting porcelain flooring, this bathroom is calming yet refreshing. Its’ focal point is clearly the metal accents featured with the console sink, which is well balanced with other matching elements including the Aqua Brass shower system, Arc sink faucet, and towel stand and black tile edging in the shower. Mostly importantly, this bathroom is safer without any tripping hazards. It is curbless with open space, and with heated floors there is no need for throw rugs.

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