The original master bath in our client's house had only 36 square feet of floor area, barely enough room to turn around in. Though we sketched out some preliminary designs that would provide more space, we had to shelve them when we discovered our proposed addition would straddle a 10-foot-wide utility easement that included a major sewer line for a nearby housing development. Staying within the existing footprint and expanding into an adjacent guest bedroom wasn't an option, so instead we overlaid the easement onto the site plan and designed within the space left inside the county's required 5-foot setback. The result was a 115-square-foot six-cornered addition, with each corner no closer than 5 feet to the sewer line. The "stepped" design is a little unusual, but our clients love the way it dresses up the rather nondescript gable end.

To give the interior a contemporary European look, our staff architect designed the room so that nothing touches the floor. The maple cabinets hang from the walls, and even the toilet sits up off the floor, thanks to a hidden wall-mount system. The radiant tile floor is also a key part of the design; it's laid over Wedi backer panels, which...

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