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Raise the Roof

From Adding a Bath Without Adding On, This Old House magazine, June 2006

The architect raised the roof 7 feet to open up a tiny upstairs space in a 1916 Craftsman, and it's as if he let the sky in—with skylights and a window in the shower that streams light through the central showerhead's cascading waters. The pendant lights are almost reform-schoolish. Along with the steam shower's heavy-metal appearance (all those chrome fixtures, all that water shooting out from multiple sources, the black of the granite seat), there's a real edge to this room that belies the high blue ceiling's easy optimism. This bathroom serves both a slap and a tickle, and that's what makes it so hot.

—Betsy Andrews, Online Editor

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