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Privacy and Openness in a Tiny Bathroom

Magazine article Sunset

Privacy and Openness in a Tiny Bathroom

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Privacy and openness in a tiny bathroom

Finding the balance between privacy and openness is no easy matter in a large room, but in a 6 1/2- by 8 1/2-foot bathroom it's real challenge. This small remodeled room was a project for a team of three women studying interior design at Canada College in Redwood City, California. As the drawing at right shows, their inventive solution uses two triangular-shaped elements for screening and directing traffic.

The team of Donann Creedon, Linda K. DeMartini, and Judith Todd included a shower, freestanding sink, toilet, and storage shelves in the rectangular room. They used the divider to block the view of the toilet from the door and to establish a zigzag traffic pattern.

Covered with 4-inch gray tile, the 3-foot-high wedge-shaped divider extends 2 feet from the wall behind the toilet. The side facing the entry angles back to the wall at 45|: its countertop and low open shelf are for storage and display.

The divider's angled side establishes the line for the gray floor tiles, which run diagonally. The tiles cover all sides of the divider and wrap around the outside of the shower stall at the right of the doorway. …

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