2007 NKBA Design Competition Category 6 Small Bathrooms Make Big Splash Through Unique Uses of Color Small Bathrooms (less than 55 sq. ft.)

Designed by Gary M. Hentges and John L. Hentges of Hentges Construction, Inc. in Urbana, IL, this unique bath features strong visual elements, rich accent colors and built-in amenities that suit the style and storage needs of the clients. The contrasting hues of Crème Marfil and Emperador dark marble are complemented by the custom ebonized oak vanity and countertops from Custom Stone Fabrications. The shower, which also features products from Hansgrohe and Schluter-Systems, includes triple-redundant-draining heated flooring and curbless entry for safety. Heated marble wall tiles just outside the shower keep towels warm.

Tiffany De Tomasi, CKD, of Fairfield, CA-based Fisher Design/Build, combined a feeling of spaciousness with a tranquil atmosphere in this bath, designed to mesh with the home’s strong Asian influence. To accomplish this, De Tomasi chose a soft color palette that contrasted with the dark wood of the Bayco Lancaster freestanding vanity. The cabinet was finished with Crème Marfil marble countertop, American Standard sink and Vesi fixtures from Brizo. A toilet from Toto USA, a Bain Ultra “Thalassa” tub and Kohler shower add elegance to the space, which is finished with Florida Tile flooring and lighting designed by Ennio Pasini for Robbia.

Asked to convert an outdated bathroom into a luxurious spa-like retreat, designer Keri Lynn Davis, CKD, of Keri Davis Design in Lake Oswego, OR, created a sense of height and spaciousness by integrating Calcutta Luna marble on the countertops and walls, up to the ceiling. Davis added a sense of serenity with dark cabinetry from Columbia Cabinets, and a touch of elegance with fixtures from Jado Bathroom & Hardware. The sink, toilet and tub are from Kohler. The setting is finished with strategically placed lighting fixtures from Visual Comfort & Co.

Described as “uniquely humble” by designer Gary M. Hentges of Urbana, IL-based Hentges Construction, Inc., this master bath offers a warm, cozy feel. It is highlighted by cherry and limestone hues in the cabinetry from Hentges Construction, Inc. and the custom countertops, flooring and walls from Custom Stone Fabrication. The use of ergonomics is apparent in the space, which includes a bench seat that doubles as a trash receptacle and a curved-front vanity that maximizes storage. A mix of lighting elements are provided by Ultralights Lighting, Juno Lighting Group and Hubbardton Forge.

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