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After: Era-Transcending Master Bath

Photo by Patricia Lyons

Incorporating contemporary sensibilities into a period home can be tricky. Patricia Jagtiani loved the vintage charm of her 1930s house, in Alexandria, Virginia, but when she decided to add a master bath—part of a renovation that included a new master bedroom addition—she hoped for something more modern.

Shown: The new bath's contemporary look is tempered by period details.

Architect: Gaver Nichols, Alexandria, VA; 703-836-5209

Contractor: Danny Graumann, Woodbridge, VA; 703-497-9173

Console, sink and toilet: Duravit

Faucet: Brizo

Sconces and mirror: Restoration Hardware

Basket: West Elm

Before: Tired Master Bedroom

Taking the place of the former master bedroom, the bath features a blended style inspired by an early find: the clean-lined sink, an update of the classic console. Patricia chose a tub to match, settling on a rectangular jetted soaker juxtaposed with Victorian-style fittings. A bright and airy shower enclosure sits adjacent to it. On the walls, she added vintage-inspired blue and white tile, keeping it current in a blown-out size. Marble tile underfoot and period-perfect molding throughout ensure the room fits with the rest of the home.

The fusion is just what Patricia was looking for. "It was created for me, with everything I like," she says. "It's a peaceful haven I lacked before."

Shown: The master bedroom occupied this space.

Plenty of Space for Suds

Photo by Patricia Lyons

The modern, boxy tub has a broad deck for toiletries and a separate handshower to accompany the wall-mount shepherd's crook faucet. Towels hang within reach from a vintage-style train rack.

Tub: Aquatic Bath

Train rack: Restoration Hardware

Faucet: Riobel

Handshower: Brizo

Artwork: Randy Toy

Bright Glass Shower

Photo by Patricia Lyons

Frameless glass double doors invite in light from the adjacent window. A recessed niche and a slim corner shelf hold necessities.

Rain showerhead: Brizo

Compact Pocket Door

Photo by Patricia Lyons

A pocket door closes off the dressing room (where the homeowner's wheaten terrier, Wilson, relaxes) without sacrificing space. Contemporary frosted-glass panels brighten the area while maintaining privacy.

Door: TruStile

Floor tile: MS International

Double-Duty Storage

Photo by Patricia Lyons

The linen closet, which doubles as a medicine cabinet, pairs modern square lights with a traditional chrome pull.

Coordinating Fluted Casing

Photo by Patricia Lyons

Fluted casing and bull's-eye corner blocks unite the new space with the rest of the 1930s house.

Robe hook: Restoration Hardware

A New Twist on Subway Tile

Photo by Patricia Lyons

Subway tile gets a shake-up with fresh 5-by-10-inch dimensions and diamond insets. A classic tile chair rail with bullnose corners caps it off.

Wall tile: Ceramiche Grazia

Floor Plan Before: Old Master Bedroom

Floor plan by Ian Worpole

The 121-square-foot space held the master bedroom.

Homeowner Tip: "To update the look of classic subway tile, I ordered it in a larger size and in a soft blue." —Ratricia Jagtiani, Alexandria, VA.

Floor Plan After: Timeless, Luxurious Bath

Floor plan by Ian Worpole

Gutted, plumbed, and rebuilt, the room became a bath with a 6-foot tub and a separate shower enclosure.

1. Built in the tub right at the room's entry to maximize an open feel in the room.

2. Chose a shower enclosure with frameless glass doors to channel light from the window.

3. Created an entry with a space-saving pocket door to the dressing room, which connects the bath to the hallway and new master bedroom.

4. Installed a linen closet that blends with an exposed chimney chase. This former exterior wall became an interior wall, with the addition beyond it.