Jonathan Jackson

Having a 243-square-foot master bedroom might seem luxurious, but when the corresponding bath is less than 40 square feet the bedroom space feels out of proportion. “We borrowed almost 74 square feet from the bedroom,” explains architect Stewart Davis, “and reallocated it into a larger bathroom and walk-through closet.” The old bathroom is now a wet room with a separate bathtub and shower. The rectangular layout with the tub occupying the far end left ample space for a walk-in shower, but could have made the room feel telescopic. Building out a section of the back wall 3 inches and inserting glass shelves generated an oversized cubby and defined the two bathing areas. Davis says the bump-out also “adds a touch of privacy if you’re in the tub and leaning back against the wall.”

The 3/8-inch-thick shelves with rounded edges extend about an inch past the wall, so they’re deep enough to hold large bottles plus a memento or two. A reinforced stone ledge at the bottom matches the tub surround and provides a place to prop a foot. Transparent glass lightens the stone and tile room and is easy to clean. Stainless steel channels screwed into grout joints support the shelves, which are secured with clear silicone. “The back of the glass doesn’t quite contact the tile,” Davis adds, “so it has air space and water doesn’t get trapped and become a housekeeping nightmare.”