Meeting in the Middle
Master baths can sometimes be tricky to map out. Decisions must be made about where to put the water closet, tub, and sinks. And making the space bigger isn't always the best solution. Even if there's enough room to line up everything against the walls, what about the empty zone that inevitably occurs in the middle?
Staking Their Claim
Determined to give this proverbial no-man's-land a purpose, Ben and Stacy Mosley configured their Nashville master bath based upon how they use the space. Instead of going the regular route of putting two his-and-hers sinks in a base cabinet, they created a central storage column with a sink on one side and a higher makeup countertop for Stacy on the other.
"Having just one sink is really not a problem; after all, how often do two people brush their teeth at exactly the same time?" says Ben. "Locating the prep and washup area in the middle enabled us to add extra storage cabinets."
Like orbiting planets, the Mosleys' shower, water closet, and tub hug the surrounding walls, giving the central column full walk-around space. With both the walls and the cabinetry sheathed in maple-veneer plywood, the bath possesses an open and streamlined appearance. Composed of both drawers and touch-latch doors, the cabinets keep toiletries, clothes hampers, and other necessities from collecting on the countertops and floor.
Another feature that helps to keep the circulation flowing is the barnlike door found at the bath entrance. Because a side-hinged version would have gotten in the way, Ben installed top-mounted gliders on the panel and hung it on a metal track. This idea is also a great solution when doors can't recess into walls due to plumbing or other obstacles.