Hero Pano (600x220)

Zen Bath

We started with a "classic" 1970's bath--small, with dark tile, harsh shadows, a non-functioning fan, zero insulation, and no natural light.

What a dramatic change in style and function! The footprint is the same, but the space feels much larger. New features include a body spray, Runtal towel warmer & electronic shower controls.

We cut an opening in the wall to borrow light from the exterior window in the adjacent bedroom.

The interior window, seen from inside the bath. Sconces set into the mirror visually extend the vanity, which is only 48” wide. The wood is bamboo, sustainable and adds to the "Zen" feeling.

Every detail is precisely aligned to maintain the sense of peace and order. The electronic controls, located near the shower door, allow the homeowner to turn on/adjust the water without getting wet.

Bubble Moonstone accent tile pumps up a wavy white background without being jarring. The river rock shower and sand colored floor tile in the main area evoke the beach.

The shower is 6” wider than the old (blue) bathtub. We angled the corner of the shower glass to enhance the open feel. A curb-less entry and linear drain make the shower easily accessible.

Closed storage in the vanity and medicine cabinet is supplemented by open niches for function and display.

The shower has a body jet and electronic controls for an uncluttered look. Although it’s only 3’x5’, we fit in a niche for toiletries, a small ledge for shaving and a grab bar for safety.


The homeowner wanted a Zen, “beachy,” spa-like feel in her bath…a huge change from the former 70’s vibe! We used calm colors, soft lines and simple fixtures to achieve the look, feel and function that they desired.