clint m. larkan design studio, alexandria

  • The shower’s parallel “wet” and “dry” benches allow a caretaker to stay dry while helping the client’s son bathe.

    Credit: Clint Larkan/www.cmlds.com

    The shower’s parallel “wet” and “dry” benches allow a caretaker to stay dry while helping the client’s son bathe.
Clint Larkan, Associate AIA, is a longtime fan of folded planes, and it shows in what our judges called the “beautifully executed” bath design he created for the McCoy family.

Tasked with transforming the home's 5-foot-by-8-foot bathroom into an “accessible, functional, and efficient” master bath for a twenty-something son who uses a wheelchair, Larkan and his client agreed on a modern but timeless look to blend with the home's design. Although the client didn't want a conspicuously utilitarian bath, adequate turning radiuses, grab bars, knee clearances, and a flush shower entry were essentials. To gain the extra space he needed, Larkan demolished a wall in the existing bathroom and borrowed space from a nearby 5-foot-by-7-foot walk-in closet.

“The countertop folds in to become the dry bench and shower, and the ceiling wood panel folds down the wall to become medicine cabinetry,” Larkan says of his design's signature detail. “These unified elements give the room a clean look without highlighting the accessibility features. We wanted to create a soft, serene place where anyone could relax.”

  • The room’s dark Wenge wood cabinets and backlit canopies provide a stark contrast to the muted beiges and grays of the bath’s slip-resistant porcelain tile and fireslate countertops, sinks, and benches. The fixtures and fittings were chosen for their simp

    Credit: Clint Larkan/www.cmlds.com

    The room’s dark Wenge wood cabinets and backlit canopies provide a stark contrast to the muted beiges and grays of the bath’s slip-resistant porcelain tile and fireslate countertops, sinks, and benches. The fixtures and fittings were chosen for their simp
project designer: Clint Larkan, Associate AIA, Clint M. Larkan Design Studio
general contractor: Ali Rosado Bailey, Bailey Construction, Alexandria
project size: 130 square feet
construction cost: $300 per square foot
photography: Courtesy Clint Larkan / www.cmlds.com