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In my last blog I designed a small master bathroom with a total of 45 square feet. As promised, this week I will tackle an even smaller space and show you how to make it look and feel spacious without sacrificing style or function. The total square footage for this project is 42.5.

As seen in the floor plan, this space is not square, which can actually work in your advantage when space planning. In this case, I decided to place the sink vanities into the recessed portion of the right wall. This allowed for an additional 12" of clear space in front of the toilet.

The location of the shower door and it's swing created an obstacle for the doorway into the bathroom. The solution I chose to enforce is a horizontal-sliding "barn" door (you can see the door slab on the exterior of the top wall). This solution may not always work, depending on the layout of the surrounding spaces. But for this plan, we'll assume their is nothing to stand in our way!



Here is a real-life application of the door:

If you look back at the floor plan above, you'll notice that there are no windows in this bathroom. I intentionally chose a plan without windows to show you how you can create a space without them that won't end up being nicknamed "the dungeon." (I once had an office space with no windows that I nicknamed "the dungeon!")

One obvious solution to combat a dark room is to pump up the light! But don't go overboard or your small bathroom ceiling may start to resemble the bottom of a spaceship (there are building codes for this issue as well). A good rule of thumb is to put a light where you know you'll need it. I know that seems like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many brand new homes I see that have one weasly little light smack in the center of the room. Take some time and think about the placement of your light fixtures. It will make the difference.

Another solution I have applied to help "spread the light" is the use of mirrors. I mounted smaller, framed, round mirrors on top of a larger, square, unframed mirror above the sinks. I also mounted a reflective surface into the recessed panel of the vanity cabinet door. The idea is not only to reflect light in order to make the bathroom brighter, but mirrors also give the illusion of unending space.

Speaking of unending space, there simply is not much of that here. So I created a "cubby" that recesses into the wall. In my design, the cubby is 11" deep, and projects 6" into the adjoining room to the right of the bathroom. Like I mentioned earlier concerning the barn door, this may or may not be a storage solution you can apply. It all depends on the layout of the surrounding areas.

So even if you are working with a small space that lacks the advantage of having a window or two, you can use these tricks to brighten up the room and get the most use out of your square footage.



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