Traditionally, a Bath

In designing homes, baths and kitchens are the rooms with the most detail per square inch. The more detail oriented the space, the more fun it is to design and to see through construction. This master bath, part of a master suite remodel, is a case in point of how well the owner, contractor, subcontractors and architect must work together to arrive at  a seamless and seemingly effortless project.

Of course, for all projects, the owner’s impetus and style must be matched by the trust that the architect’s vision will encompass their style of living, their use of the space and their needs. The architect, in turn, must gather all  knowledge, instincts and intuition about materials, details, colors and textures and mold them into one comprehensive space. The contractor must be one who insists on good craftsmanship and has that great ability to think backward – from the vision of the finished product to starting with bare studs.

This project is to provide a better master suite for the owners who love to read and must have a working study nearby. The original spaces had very little closet space and an awkward connection between the study and the master bedroom -through the closet.  The bathroom offered scant amenities with a small shower. I proposed an addition over the existing front porch which was quite bare. The roof deck had always looked like it was missing something. There was no design intent to  arrange a nice window pattern. Only a small french door led to this deck.

Before front facade with roof deck outside the upper floor

After photo – Addition over existing front porch to create a small sitting area and the master bathroom.

The addition couldn’t make use of the existing roof line but must resort to looking like an enclosed sleeping porch.  We added a row of windows and transom windows that would let natural light into the master bath.  The corner space was reserved for a cozy reading nook.

The chosen marble was Calacata Oro which in recent years has become quite a favorite for bathroom marbles.  The difference in application was what to use for accent.  In this project we chose a pattern from Ann Sacks. The pattern served to evoke a sense of classicism which was perfect for the house.  The pattern was repeated throughout the bath with its presence as a band on the shower wall, a singular motif on the shower floor, a “mat” on the bathroom floor where the tub presides and a frieze over the vanity to crown that wall.

A contrasting band of zebra wood brightens up the mahogany vanity cabinet and recessed linen cabinet. Carefully laying out the marble templates allowed a for smooth continuation of the marble veins from the shower wall to the shower seat.

For this bath to look seamless, all details, heights and corner materials were woven into one continuous play of color, texture and pattern. The most delightful crowning event was the laylight which was the last element to be installed. It really finished the room, taking its place majestically above the tub.  When done right, the laylight can be quite a feature. From now on, I think I will make a point to find places for laylights in bathrooms especially over the tub!

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