2008 NKBA Design Competition Category 6 Small Bath Finalists Create Tranquil Retreats with Modern Sensibilities Small Bathrooms (less than 55 sq. ft.)

A Zen retreat inspired by contemporary Asian design and natural elements is the theme of this small bath by Leslie Ann Cohen, CKD, of Leslie Cohen Design in Cardiff, CA. To accomplish this, Cohen combined floating Hemlock cabinets, colorful slate, striking glass tile and golden-sand Venetian plaster walls. The Hemlock veneer is complemented by satin white nickel bronze hardware from Hafele America Co., satin nickel fixtures from Grohe America and stainless steel cabinet pulls. The look is completed by Terrazzo Oyster quartz countertops from CaesarStone, a BainUltra tub, a sink from Elite Bath, a toilet from Toto USA and ventilation from Panasonic.

Modern tranquility defines this bath by Michael Ranson. Ranson, of HOME + atelier Michael Ranson in San Diego, CA, explains: “The inspiration was found in the client’s traditional Japanese garden.” To mimic a “furo,” or Japanese soaking tub, Ranson chose a tub from Americh Corp. with a black honed granite deck.Loose black river rock with Peacock slate tiles below the cantilevered steps reinforce the sensation of being in a garden The vanity, from CTT Furniture/Clyde Turner, was relocated to the alcove of an unused doorway and the Toto USA toilet was moved to allow maximum space for the soaking tub.

Sometimes you just need to start over. That was the case for Mark S. Morris of Mark Morris Design Group in Brisbane, CA, who converted a three-bedroom, one-bath space into a two-bedroom, two-bath design with plenty of luxury amenities. Since the bath had no windows, it was critical that the room receive dramatic lighting. The client’s extensive art collection inspired the rich color palette, including Green Water Moss granite countertops and Walker Zanger light grey river rock flooring, as well as Emerald glass tile flooring from Bisazza. A mirror adds depth to the space, while the elegant shower and faucetry from Grohe America finish the look.

With an outdated galley-style bath to work with, Tanya L. Woods, of Xstyles in Royal Oak, MI, managed to create a functional, contemporary design.By moving the Andrea tub from MTI Whirlpools and floating the vanity and makeup counter from Mark Cabinetry, the floor space was expanded significantly.
“Since there’s a staircase below that creates an angled protrusion in the floor, the shower bench and decorative niche were incorporated to avoid losing square footage,” she notes.
The design also includes a Danze shower, Air King ventilation, Lav Rowena sink from Ronbow Bath Furnishings and toilet from Toto USA.

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