Bathroom or Powder Room Under 100 Square Feet – First Place –

Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Designer(s): Micheal Crull, Allied ASID, Elizabeth Mueller, Allied ASID, and David Heide, Allied ASID
Project Name: Red Hollywood Glamour

Project Statement

After fire and water heavily damaged this 1928 Mediterranean revival home, we began the arduous task of documenting the remains with the goal of restoring the building to its original aesthetic. As plans evolved, the client began to think about other missing amenities. While building on the original 1920’s design, we looked to other historic precedents when designing new components to the house.

As part of the broader reconfiguration of the original kitchen, back entry, and family room, we provided a new space for the Powder Room conveniently located off the main stair hall. The room’s central location near the new back entry provides privacy and convenience relative to the family and entraining areas of the house.

In the bathroom, we took greater liberties than with the original house design. A streamlined, moderne aesthetic dates to other aspects of 1920s design and inspired this new powder room.

Mahogany, utilized for millwork throughout the house, is employed as a simple horizontal wainscot, highlighted with stainless steel banding. The wainscot open to a concealed towel storage cabinet in the wall. Silver leaf wall covering is reflected in the full wall mirror which visually expands the space.

The ceiling is built up of layers of mahogany and traditional mouldings, the joinery of which conceals slotted exhaust openings. Square recessed lighting is incorporated into the ceiling pattern, and a vintage spun-aluminum moderne fixture casts light upward, highlighting the distinctive ceiling treatment. A single-piece plate mirror above the wainscot and fixtures expands the small space and continues the visual activity. The floor is a dramatic single slab of Red Hollywood granite.

Clever ingenuity in the integration of mechanicals, creative use of materials and thoughtful interpretation of historic precedent make this complex construction appear clean and simple.