redesigned bathroom
Photo: Wendell T. Webber

Guest Quarters

When empty-nest syndrome kicks in, most couples think about downsizing. But when the owners of this Chappaqua, New York, house found that their grown kids were frequently bringing friends home to an increasingly cramped dinner table, they realized they'd need more room than ever. "We were seating 20-something adults at their own 'kids' table," says the husband.

So the couple enlisted the help of architect Carol Kurth in rethinking their home. The result was a whole-house renovation that included converting the old, attached garage into living space. Kurth also suggested raising the garage's roof and using some of the unfinished attic for a separate guest suite. While the bedroom boasts a walk-in closet and lots of natural light, it's the bathroom—with its luxurious two-person soaking tub and serene views of treetops—that's the real star of the space. With the roof bumped up, the new bath boasts an airy vaulted ceiling. Custom mahogany-stained open-shelf vanity bases preserve the spacious feeling. Stained medicine cabinets add more warm wood tones.
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