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By reorganizing two bathrooms and a dressing room, the owners of this home can now enjoy a spacious master bathroom

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While a large bathroom is essential for a family home, when that home is used by a couple only, then it makes sense for the attached bathroom to be more spacious.

Architect David Luck was asked to remodel the bathrooms in this 1970s home. The couple who own the house shared a small, dark dressing room and attached bathroom, while the occasional visitor had the use of a much larger bathroom.

"We decided to take the whole space and reorganize it to create a larger and lighter attached bathroom and dressing room. In order to do this, we took some space from the guest bathroom, making it slightly smaller," says David Luck.

The master bathroom now contains a shower, toilet and handbasin. The palette of materials is restricted to a single type of tile on the walls and floor, and glass and mirrors.

Towel rails are limited in number and discreet in style, and light fittings are also minimal to make the space appear bigger. A new window adjacent to the toilet improves the natural light, while an old arched window has been partly covered up, leaving visible a small strip. This allows a shaft of sunlight to fall across the handbasin at midday.

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The cantilevered, clear-glass handbasin was designed to form a centerpiece in the bathroom, and the other elements recede into the background.

"This helps the room, which is only 9ft x 6ft, appear larger than it is," says the architect.

To create storage space in the bathroom without spoiling the room's simple lines, sliding cabinets with drawers have been installed into the part wall behind the shower. The drawers, with a stainless steel face and handles, are accessed from each end of the wall.

The dressing room is at one end of the bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling, white lacquered cabinets are built in to provide wardrobes and drawers for the storage of clothing.

To create some privacy, the toilet is partially partitioned behind the tiled back wall of the shower.

An opaque, white-glass wall separates the bathroom and dressing room from the guest bathroom, shown here.

"The idea of this glass wall was to create interest where there would otherwise have been a dead space. Although the wall is opaque, shadowy figures can be seen through it when the lights in the guest bathroom are switched on, and it also introduces extra light into the main bathroom," he says.

The guest bathroom is almost a mirror image of the attached bathroom, but with a round glass basin on a stone plinth. It has been decorated in the same way as the main bathroom, with the same limited palette of materials to ensure it appears as spacious as possible.

First published date: 23 May 2004

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