Completing major structural renovations within the confines of an apartment building and under the watchful eyes of the owners' association multiplied Riley's headaches. The building only allows construction during summer months, and bathroom expansions are forbidden because wet areas must be directly above wet areas. Transforming this master bath into an ADA-compliant bathroom couldn't be done without more square footage, so Riley incorporated an existing powder room and took on the association to gain those precious few feet.
The room now does double duty as master and guest baths. “This long galley-type bath has an acid-etched glass and stainless sliding door that closes to create a powder room for guests or opens to employ the full master bath,” says Riley. Because she had to use ADA grab rails Riley decided to emphasize them as an architectural detail. Standard stainless steel rails run the length of the counter and morph into towel racks for tub and shower. The toilet couldn't be moved, but rotating it 180 degrees generated a powder room layout on the side nearest the public spaces. Recessed vanities flank either side of a closet wall, but the white counter wraps around for continuity. The only break is a 1-inch groove allowing the translucent door to close.
A pale color palette of sea-foam-green tumbled marble and cut-glass tiles marks elements in the open plan. As with the kitchen, resilient materials (Corian and linoleum) were used for flooring and counters in case of a fall. Concealed storage opposite the toilet permits an open area under the vanities for wheelchair parking. And pocket doors finish off the 16-foot-by-8-foot room. “The doors not only satisfy ADA accessibility code,” says Riley, “but they also give a clear view into the living room from the master bedroom.” That was a client requirement: an unobstructed sightline from the master bedroom to the living room windows —three rooms and 67 feet away.