Topping the couple's wish list was a more functional master suite. While they pored over lighting catalogs and paint swatches, DeGraw devised a layout with better flow, expanding the bathroom and making room for spacious his-and-hers closets just outside it. Then he added timeless details, including wainscoted walls, a uniform 8-foot ceiling trimmed with crown molding, oak flooring, and Patty's favorite feature, a claw-foot soaking tub. The couple couldn't be happier. Says Patty, "It feels like a luxurious hotel suite, a little escape inside our house."
Shown: The mirror over the old drop-in tub reflects a clear view of the bath's dingy wallpaper, outdated fixtures, and overall tight quarters.