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A rainhead shower, teak paneling and black slate sink ensure this small bathroom looks right at home in its natural forest setting


There's no law that says a bathroom has to be closed off from the outdoors. If privacy is not an issue, it makes sense to open up a bathroom to maximize an attractive outlook.

The bathroom in this remodeled 1960s house opens onto a deck overlooking giant redwood trees in the adjoining national park. Remodeling architect Sarah Robinson says a large sliding glass door ensures the view of the tree canopy and distant mountains can be enjoyed by the owners.

In keeping with the contemporary aesthetic of the rest of the house, the bathroom features a minimalist teak vanity with a custom-manufactured black slate sink. Matching teak wall paneling with the grain used horizontally is a visual link to the landscape beyond.

Storage is provided by a Japanese tansu chest, which sits opposite the vanity. An Asian influence is also evident in the use of Volcano red wall tiles by renowned artisans Heath Ceramics – these are laid horizontally to complement the teak paneling.

A rainhead shower, large skylight and full-width mirror are other distinctive features.


First published date: 29 June 2009

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Architect Sarah Robinson AIA, Sarah Robinson Architect (Kentfield, CA)
Vanity cabinetry Teak
Basin Custom design in slate
Faucets Grohe Atrio
Shower fittings Grohe Atrio faucets and thermostatic valves; Rohl shower head
Flooring Brazilian slate from Echeguren Slate
Wall tiles Volcano from Heath Ceramics
Paints Ralph Lauren
Lighting Elco recessed cans
Ventilation Panasonic