Privacy-protecting glass blocks bring plenty of natural light to this
master bathroom. Built into a remodeled garage, the bath sits next to a
patio and pool and in full view of a breakfast room.
Oakland architect William Remick put a floor-to-ceiling window, 4
by 7 feet, along one wall of a combination shower and steam room. In
this section, tall sliding glass doors isolate the steam from the rest
of the bath. Square white tiles in the shower and on the floor of the
bath echo the grid pattern of the 6-inch-square glass blocks.
The second window wall curves away from the bath and butts into an
adjacent wing of the house. The quarter-round pop-out let Remick extend
the bathroom counter an additional 2 feet and created a pocket deep
enough for standing.
Since the bath would serve as a changing room for swimmers and be a
convenience for those relaxing on the patio, Remick put an exterior
door, flanked by a set of small-paned windows, between the glass-block
Owners are Connie and Ralph Williams of Orinda, California.