Architect Doug Walter, contractor Tom Owens, and interior designer Kristi Dinner teamed up to modernize this tiny powder room. The key to gaining more space was replacing the in-swing door with an out-swing unit.

To cover an exposed pipe near the toilet, Walter designed a pilaster on one side, and made it look balanced by creating a dummy pilaster on the other side. This created a niche for the toilet.

That niche, along with the 2-inch-wide chair rail, provides a small storage or display area. The chair rail also acts as a narrow shelf for supplementary items.

Philip Wegner