The Zen of a Small Bathroom

Feb 28 ,



Those of us that live in homes with tiny bathrooms understand that every inch counts! It is a challenge to make a small space feel zen and spa-like. Well, that is exactly what my husband, Josh Wiener, and I accomplished in our NYC apartment bathroom. Josh owns Silverlining Inc, a high end general construction firm in Manhattan. There is nothing better than working with company that values quality, time, and the details to execute my design.

Although I wanted a stall shower, Josh loves relaxing in a bath. Therefore we needed to find a tub that was cool and modern, small enough not to overpower the space, and also provide the comfort that Josh desired for soaking. We were instantly drawn to Porcelanosa’s Ras Krion tub. The clean lines, thin profile, and fresh sensibility fit all our requirements. We decided to have the custom vanity made out of the same Porcelanosa Krion material as the tub. Limiting materials added a cohesive feeling to the overall space.

Josh and I spent an afternoon looking at slab stone at Bas Stone’s warehouse. We fell in love with travertine. The soft linear horizontal veining would create the zen like sanctuary we were trying to achieve. We chose to use the slab stone on the floor and walls to unify the space. The stone even feels velvety smooth! Believe it or not, the size of the stone pieces were dictated by what could fit in our building’s elevator. I wanted as large as possible. Oh, the challenges of living in NYC!

We decided to splurge on the plumbing fittings. A Toto Neorest toilet doubles as a bidet. Its lid is sensor activated, has a heated seat, and has an integral night light. The pleasures of living in the 21st Century!  We chose Dornbracht plumbing hardware. Top of line, because we want this renovation to last a very long time. Face it, renovations are expensive and we want to make sure that the materials and quality that went into our timeless design will hold up for many years to come.

The completed bathroom is all that we hoped for. Our small space feels surprisingly spacious. It is calm and modern that integrates well into our pre-war apartment.  It is a treat to feel like we have our own little spa adjacent to our bedroom!

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