Lake Shore Drive Luxe – Chicago, IL
Designer: Gladys Schanstra, CMKBD, Allied ASID
In this Chicago high-rise apartment, three bathrooms existed, but the new owners required only two. The powder room was repurposed into a laundry space. The primary bathroom underwent a complete makeover in both aesthetics and layout. What you see here is the revitalized secondary bathroom.
- Secondary bathroom upgrade – Taking on the responsibilities of the former powder room, this secondary bathroom underwent a sophisticated upgrade to fulfill its expanded dual function.
- Limited dimensional upgrades – Constrained by the immovable plumbing stacks typical of Chicago high-rises and the lack of expandable space from adjacent rooms, any revitalization of the space would need to occur without altering the layout.
- Inch by inch – Making the new vanity just a tad shallower would win some new space. Replacing the elongated toilet bowl with a standard size bowl also won a few inches.
- Banjo style – The vanity counter extends over the toilet in what is known as a banjo countertop. This adds extra landing space for items when needed.
- Functional finesse – Gladys introduced niches to the shower, enhancing its utility by providing dedicated spaces for personal care items.
- Tile Tactic – Gladys incorporated a band of patterned tile that runs vertically and continues onto the shower ceiling, creating a captivating focal point while imparting a sense of depth to the area.
The Renewed Space
To create a visual splash, the space artfully pairs the mosaic shower tile with a quartzite countertop, complemented by a distinctive mirror, a striking light fixture, and lively wallpaper. This blend channels the opulent essence of art deco, resulting in a unified ambiance that’s both upscale and playful.
Size of Space:
7.5′ x 5′
- Sink – Icera
- Faucets & Showerhead – Abrizo