By Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Monday, September 11th 2017, 14:59:21 PM.
Add a half‐wall to protect against splashes. Ideally, an open shower requires at least a 6‐foot buffer zone on every side to avoid flooding the rest of the bath with water. But a half‐wall, such as the one that divides this shower from the vanity, can help to contain droplets. Consider a corner location if possible. Orient the shower in a corner that faces away from the other bathroom zones. Not only does this guard against spraying water, but it also preserves some measure of privacy (more on that in a minute).
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Divide and conquer. "Given that the design for this bathroom placed the shower in the center of the room, with the vanities on either side, a frameless glass enclosure was the best way to keep the space open and airy", says Shelly Amoroso of Amoroso Design. "I understand the need for a couple to have separate vanities, but hey, you would miss a lot of funny banter and together time if you couldn't see each other". Turn toward the light. "I changed the layout of this bathroom quite a bit by turning the shower area 90 degrees from its position on the long wall to sitting under the window", says Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design. "This had a massive impact on the visual aspect of the space. All of a sudden, a rather dark, train‐compartment‐like room became somewhat grand in appearance, and we didn't even need to enlarge the window. And the gray stone is balanced with lots of openess and light".