A custom-fabricated aluminum bracket — rather than a vanity — supports this stone countertop, maximizing the tiny powder room's floor space.
A custom-fabricated aluminum bracket — rather than a vanity — supports this stone countertop, maximizing the tiny powder room's floor space.

When I first looked at the plans for this small, upscale bathroom remodel, I knew the L-shaped stone countertop shown in the drawings would be a challenge. It was to run like a narrow shelf the length of the 61-inch-long powder room before turning 90 degrees and extending over the top of the toilet. That part was easy, but the counter also widened enough at one point to accommodate an undermount sink — with no vanity underneath to support it. I had to figure out the best way to hold up the heavy stone slabs so that they would appear to defy gravity.

Since the powder room measured only 41 inches wide, the countertop's layout was dictated by the room's existing toilet flange, which was offset from the centerline of the room. Near the toilet, the counter couldn't be wider than 6 inches, but at its widest it would project 19 inches out from the wall; that would allow a 22-inch-wide passageway...

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