The couple, who had bought the Cambridge, Massachusetts, house with the intention of restoring its single-family configuration, longed for a master bath within shuffling distance of their bedroom. And while they wanted it to feel right for their 19th-century home, they also wanted 21st-century amenities like a steam shower and radiant heat. Local designer Charlie Allen reintegrated the rental unit to add a vintage-look master bath and dressing area. As a bonus, the couple's daughter got spacious digs as well. The redesign entailed a few compromises—having to cross the hall to get from bedroom to bath, for one—but the couple has no complaints. Says Allen, "Now they can roll out of bed and step right into the shower."
Shown: A pedestal sink in the toilet room creates the illusion of his-and-hers baths.
Homeowner Tip: "Double sinks don't have to match. Ours have different profiles—one curvy and feminine, the other masculine—to help set the spaces apart."
—Jill Becker, Cambridge, Mass.