Bathroom at a Glance
Who lives here: Blake and Lacey Hoyle and their two young sons
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Size: 100 square feet (9.3 square meters)
Designer: Shawn Merkel of Align Design
Before: The updates the Hoyles tackled themselves never quite lived up to their standards. The lighting was poor. The colors didn’t pop. The tile work wasn’t great. The shower wasn’t properly ventilated, so condensation always remained on the glass. And barn doors that separated the bathroom from the bedroom didn’t shut properly, leaving the toilet visible. “That always bothered Lacey,” Merkel says.
A new transom window with a natural wood frame above the vanity brings in natural light and offers treetop views. Merkel also added a larger picture window in the shower and framed it in the same light wood. A teak shower stool coordinates with the wood details.
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In addition to the pendants, a woven shade light (reflected in the mirror) and LED recessed lights in the shower and toilet area provide a layered lighting scheme. “All are on dimmers so we could keep the space feeling cozy and warm,” Lacey says.
A slim electrical outlet sits on either side of the vanity to keep the wall behind the vanity visually unobstructed.
Before: In the former bathroom, the Hoyles felt the wall next to the vanity was underutilized. The mirrored pocket door opened to a walk-in closet.
After: Merkel created a recessed niche with hickory wood shelves for storing small items. She replaced the pocket door with a barn-style sliding door that can hide the niche. “We measured very carefully to provide enough room for the niche and the barn door,” Merkel says.
Merkel positioned the shower controls near the entrance, rather than beneath the shower head, so the homeowners don’t get sprayed when turning the water on. Brushed nickel fixtures coordinate with the faucet finishes.
The shower floor is pebble tiles with organic tones.
The bottom portion of the niche lets the homeowners tuck their teak bench away when they’re not using it.
In the wall to the right of the toilet, another recessed area (not shown) has additional storage for toilet paper and other items. An operable awning window above the toilet maintains privacy but allows in light, air and treetop views.
Frosted glass double doors open to the Hoyles’ bedroom, replacing the white barn doors that didn’t close properly.
The bathroom floor is 24-by-48-inch white-and-gray travertine tile. “Larger floor tiles in a smaller space make them look bigger, and there’s less grout to clean,” Merkel says.
The refreshed bathroom now complements the modern Scandinavian style of the couple’s bedroom.
Before: These floor plans of the former bathroom show a functional setup, but not the small, frustrating details like poor-quality materials and lack of storage that added up to major frustrations.
This content was originally published here.