A homeowner with some medical issues wanted a bathroom with a Zen atmosphere – a space to refresh one’s mind, body and soul. Donna Schachne of Schachne Architects and Builders in Davie, Fla., created a space with clean, crisp lines and earthy elements incorporated into the design – two requests she fulfilled with wood materials, natural light, muted and natural colors and movement within the space.
Other requirements included:
- A deep soaking bathtub adjacent to an open shower for treatment purposes.
- A smooth transition from the shower to the tub. The designer included a staircase as a guide to the tub, as well as an elongated, trough-type sink counter to make it feel like one complete element.
- An easy-access walk-in shower to accommodate the owners as they age. The design team cut out the existing concrete slab and incorporated a new sunken slab to accommodate appropriate slopes.
- A hand-held showerhead for bathing and also for washing down the soaker tub.
- A full-length mirror and make-up table – an element missing in the couple’s original bathroom.
The use of natural light was important to the homeowners. The design team used a few different tactics to accomplish this goal:
- A Shoji-type door with translucent glass allows light to travel from one space to the next.
- The glass transom around the toilet vestibule allows the feeling of continuation of the existing lower ceiling and the continuity of light between the main bathroom area and the toilet vestibule.
- “Since this was a builder-type home, there was an overly high ceiling in the bathroom,” said Schachne. “We incorporated a suspended wood frame structure with patterned infill panels to allow light from above to filter down, thus keeping a human scale to the space.”
Being true to the environment was also an important goal with the bathroom remodel. According to Schachne, LED lighting was used to keep down the heat loads, as well as American-made plywood (no off gassing), a manmade concrete trough sink, low-flow plumbing fixtures and a duel-flush toilet.
Design Team: Donna Schachne and Ken Dyman, Schachne Architects and Builders
Photographer: Stan Schachne
Ceiling Panels: 3form
Doors: Woodgrain Doors
Mirrors: Electric Mirror Company
Plumbing Fixtures: Hansgrohe