Clever Bathroom Layout Gives 2 Sisters Shared and Private Spaces
Bathroom at a Glance
Who uses it: Two sisters
Size: 73 square feet (6.8 square meters)
Designer: Michelle Fee of Change Your Bathroom
Sharing a bathroom made it tough for these two sisters, one tween and one teen, to stay out of each other’s hair, especially in the mornings. So bathroom designer Michelle Fee laid out the room to give them each a private area outfitted with a vanity and a toilet, divided by a shared shower stall.
She worked with the girls to get a sense of their style. “I wanted each sister to have fun with the style of their bathroom, so we went shopping together and made piles of things they liked, then put them together in different combinations,” Fee says. A big priority was making sure that the bathroom was easy to clean.
Younger Sister’s Space
This portion of the bathroom belongs to the younger sister. The chevron glass mosaic backsplash extends from the counter to the ceiling, providing pattern and movement. “The colors work really well with the gray concrete look of the floors and the brown in the dark-stained oak vanity,” Fee says.
Although the vanity’s facade looks as if it has six identical drawers, Fee customized the storage inside to meet the tween’s needs. The left side contains two drawers, and the middle portion is a full cabinet door (to handle the plumbing under the sink). On the right is a pullout hair appliance unit, complete with an outlet.
Light fixtures and toilet: Kohler
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The flooring in both sisters’ spaces is a large-format porcelain tile that looks like concrete. It’s nonabsorbent, and Fee used an epoxy grout. “This grout has 0 percent absorbency. It’s a commercial application that dries and plasticizes, which means even if they spill nail polish on the bathroom floor, it can be wiped up,” she says. “It’s significantly more expensive to use epoxy grout, but it’s worth the investment.”
One small but important thing that doesn’t need frequent cleaning in here is a toilet flush handle. Both sisters have Kohler toilets outfitted with a touchless flush — waving a hand over the sensor in the top of the tank activates the flush.
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This photo was taken from the younger sister’s shower door, and the door on the right leads to her older sister’s private bathroom space. Both shower doors are frosted glass for privacy.
The 3D tile adds a clean and contemporary touch to the shower, while the penny rounds on the floor add some playful movement. The shower head is a mix of white and chrome, chosen for its resistance to water spots.
Shower head: PuraVida, Hansgrohe
Fee continued the 3D tile on the vanity wall in the older sister’s bathroom. “This tile is edgy but not too modern. It fits in with the rest of the transitional home’s style and adds an architectural splash,” she says.
This sister fell in love with the idea of a glass vessel sink. It is handmade, one-of-a-kind and looks like a piece of sculpture. Fee chose a chrome faucet instead of the white-and-chrome one so as not to draw attention away from the artful sink. The mirror-flecked quartz countertop matches the countertop in the younger sister’s space.
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- Think about what you need to reach for on a daily basis and what needs an electrical outlet when arranging bathroom storage.
- Talk to your designer about materials that will make a bathroom easier to clean.
- Consider epoxy grout for bathroom floors.
- Place a shower niche low if you want it to double as a shaving shelf.