Maximum Effect: space-efficient master baths maximize style

Using wall-hung or floating elements adds more floor space, while a clear glass enclosure creates a more airy, open feeling. (photo: Brian Burkhardt)

by John Filippelli, Kitchen & Bath Design News

Good things come in small packages.

These are the sentiments of several leading designers recently interviewed by KBDN who shared their insights into the best ways to create beautiful yet space-efficient bathrooms.

Kori Shurley, interior designer for Shreveport, LA-based Kitchen & Bath Cottage, notes that there seems to be a growing demand for well-designed smaller baths. She states: “We’re seeing more people saying ‘less is more,’ and trying to scale down their spaces. But these smaller spaces have to be well planned in order to accommodate all of our clients’ wants and needs.”

Stephanie Tyler, principal for Miami-based International Design Concepts believes: “The key to designing efficiently is using the space to its full potential.” To that end, she recommends “building ‘up’ instead of ‘across.”’

She notes: “Shelving, cabinets, intelligent storage solutions and wall-hung lavatories and sinks offer more floor space, which can open up a room without sacrificing function.”

Tyler also believes that space-efficient design needs to start in the early planning stages of a project, and she suggests having a conversation with the clients early on about what they keep in the bathroom and why. She says: “It’s important to rethink how much absolutely needs to be in the bathroom to avoid clutter. A modest master bath can still be a place of luxury if the integrity of the space is respected.”   

The entire article and several pictures are available here.


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