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Lighten up

The Old House Web

This project had to overcome moisture problems, cramped space and scarce storage. The homeowners also wanted a lighter look in a house dominated by dark wood.

An old tub was replaced with a one-person shower and solid surface surround. A new ventilation fan helps with the moisture problem. A deep storage tower with drawers, doors and open shelves fills the space beside the shower.


The new wood countertop adds space and connects all of the elements of the wall. Mounting the faucet on the wall adds more clearance in front of and under the sink. An oversized mirror visually increases the space.

New natural maple woodwork helps keep the room light and open. The custom mirror and window valance incorporate both the old dark wood and new light wood.

This room earned a second-place award in the small bathroom category of the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2003 Design Competition.

Designer: Michelle Drenckhahn; DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen by Worldwide; St. Louis Park, MN

Photography: Dana Wheelock

Products Used
Cabinets Decor
Countertops Custom maple
Flooring Formica laminate
Fixtures/fittings Kohler falling water faucet

Kohler toilet

Other Client-supplied lighting; stained glass overlay; tile shower base; cultured marble shower surround;
valance, mirror and molding custom-made
Floor plan

floor plan

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