Search for Bathroom Remodeling Deals
What are you looking for? (check all that apply) What is your Zip Code?

Outside In

The Old House Web

If your idea of an accessible bathroom is installing a couple of grab bars, take a look at this room. Designed to be a quiet retreat for pampering and relaxation, it also emphasizes safety and function.

The homeowners, a retired professional couple, wanted to be able to enjoy the sweeping view from their window -- and they wanted to share it with their visiting grandchildren. The designers opened the bathroom, as well as the shower and toilet area, for wheelchair access and added a flush shower floor and decorative grab bars.


To accommodate the homeowners' desire for abundant natural lights and a view, a picture window was installed in the tub area. Light also streams in from a skylight and windows on each side of the vanity area. Painted soft green walls complement the tiles and are in keeping with the natural feel of the bathroom. A geometric-patterned shower curtain completes the design and adds texture to the room.

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

Designer: Beverly Staal, CKD, The Showplace Inc.; Kirkland, WA

Co-designers: Michele Marquardi, Ectypos Lucia Pizzio Biroli, Mercer Island, WA

Photography: Northlight Photography Inc.

Products Used
Cabinets Neil Kelly

San Francisco yellow granite slab


Lucero ceramic tile, Medio Naturale


Vitra Form sink
Toto toilet
Carlyle tub
Dornbracht sink faucet
Grohe shower


By Wire Ways, Inc. lighting
Premier home theater

Floor plan

floor plan

About the Author
The Old House Web

Search Improvement Project