desk alcove between master bath and bedroom
Photo: Laura Moss
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After: Beautiful Bath Suite

He even slipped a bonus desk alcove between bedroom and bath. "I do e-mail there—it's quieter than the kitchen," says Joan, mother of three, adding that the suite is now her favorite place to linger. "It's so peaceful and calming. I really love it."

Shown: Converting it to a bath required opening a stud bay for pipes and eliminating a dormer. Built-ins and classic finishes keep the look clean and polished. The cozy desk alcove, with oak flooring to match the bedroom, adds the expansive feeling of a whole other room to the master suite.

Sinks: Kohler
Desk and shelves: Draper-DBS

Homeowner Tip: "A frosted-glass door lets light into a desk alcove between the bedroom and bath while preserving privacy." —Joan Hagan, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.
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