If you're one of those people who hates words like 'moist', Joel's description of his former bathroom is going to make you shudder. Besides the dark, dated tile and fixtures, the bathroom "always smelled damp and musty because the floor and walls were finished with absorbent limestone tiles." Ew.
To add a little extra space to the bathroom, Joel and his partner Eric chose to incorporate part of an adjacent hallway. The apartment's washer/dryer closet, which once opened into this hallway, was reconfigured to open into the apartment's bedroom instead. This allowed for a little extra storage space, a very big deal in a small bathroom.
The extra storage allowed them to replace the dark, ponderous sink cabinet (and outdated and hard to clean vessel sink) with a newer, lighter vanity, which takes up less space and also visually enlarges the room.
The design of the vanity, with the sink off to one side, allows for a little space for toiletries and toothbrushes to perch. For other use-everyday type items there's a simple oak shelf that runs above the sink and commode.
Another big change to the bathroom was replacing the old tub with a glass shower stall, which allows the bathroom to read as one continuous, uninterrupted space. It also makes for a luxurious experience even in a small bathroom — a great idea for renovators who aren't particularly attached to the idea of taking baths.
The walls of the new shower are now clad in a simple white 4x4 tile, and the floor, which continues through the rest of the bathroom for a cohesive look, is honed slate tile. The new bathroom feels modern, bright, and spacious — and not a tiny bit damp.