Big House, Tiny Room
The recent concept of the tiny house has hit the country by storm, but tiny rooms in regular or large sized homes are a common feature. Some carve out space for storage; other tiny spaces are eked out of the main living area of a home to serve a particular purpose such as a closet, office, or in this case, as a tiny powder room.
Situated in the front hallway of the majestic Tudor home, this tiny powder room is tucked away in a space under the main front staircase. We had previously designed and installed this homeowner’s kitchen, which was a project that had received a lot of attention for its unusual solution of a more modern feel in a traditional home. The kitchen pushed the limits and the homeowner felt our solution worked, so they were willing to try us again. Measuring a mere 71 3/8” x 36 ¼”, their powder room is just large enough to accommodate a sink and toilet. The original materials consisted of a console sink, tiled walls and floor, towel bar and cast iron radiator.
Gutting the space to the studs, we chose to install a wall hung vanity sink, rather than a pedestal or other similar sink. Much larger than the original, this new sink is mounted to the wall. Because the space under the sink is open, the area feels much larger and the sink appears to float. No need for an traditional towel bar to clutter up the space, since one is incorporated under the front of the sink.
The homeowners’ heritage is Scandinavian and much of the stylings of this home have a distinctly European feel. In keeping with this aesthetic, we choose a wide spread wall-mount faucet with cross handles in polished chrome to complement the vanity. We also installed a decidedly modern looking toilet from Kohler, the Persuade Circ, a skirted two-piece comfort height, elongated toilet with a top mount actuator. Heating was a problem in these cramped quarters with an existing radiator taking up valuable real estate next to the toilet. We replaced the bulky radiator with a sleek Runtal radiator which has a very slim profile, at a depth of only 2”, installing it along the window wall. Wrapping the whole package up, is whimsical bird wallpaper called “A Twitter”. The verticality of the wallpaper as well as our papering of the entire area, expands the room, and gives the illusion of space. Continuing this illusion, an elongated, frameless mirror is flanked by wall mounted sconces which point toward the ceiling. Note how the sconces mimic the branches of the wall paper, while the oil rubbed bronze finish complements the overall feel of this traditional home. For the floor we chose a rustic tumbled Travertine tile installed both in the powder room and the front foyer which the powder room opens up to.
While not a huge project, it certainly was a fun and challenging one to create a space as warm and inviting as the rest of this 1920’s home, with a bit of flair and a nod to the homeowner’s European roots.