An Airy Bath Provides the Ultimate Escape
Seeking a private getaway in their high-traffic home, this couple added a second story with design elements and amenities ideal for a calming refuge
When their summer home in Montauk, New York, became more hectic than relaxing, this couple decided to create a real getaway. With three active children and a long list of regular guests, they wanted a space that they could call their own. So they hired an architect to build a second story on their low-slung ranch, equipped with an office (for his work), a sewing room (for her hobby), and a large bath with a view for the ultimate in relaxation.
The generously sized bathroom features 14-foot ceilings, a pedestal tub overlooking Lake Montauk, a double vanity, and a glass-walled shower. Focal points anchor the open space. These include a 30-inch mosaic in the marble floor and the furniture-style vanity topped with a ceiling-height mirror that makes the room feel even bigger.
To have the sconces seamlessly installed on the mirror just took a little planning. The glass supplier predrilled a hole for each fixture to be fastened to a standard electrical box that had been installed in the wall.
The mosaic border, made from tiny pieces of marble, came bonded to mesh backing for easy installation. It matches the center mosaic and adds additional grounding to the large space.
The corner of the limestone-lined shower is clipped to allow for a door that opens directly onto the room's wide, open space. Glass allows for a sideways view of the outdoors. Two showerheads and a seat provide added comfort.
"She wanted to be able to lie there and watch the sun set," said the architect Erica Bromberg of the wife's request. The bathtub provides the best view of the lake from the entire home.
An old-fashioned floor-mounted faucet fills the Kohler pedestal tub.
1 | Raised the roof—and the ceiling. Adding a second floor to the ranch-style home allowed for a private, expanded master suite with a simple but luxurious 9-by-14-foot bath. To give the sizeable room an even larger look and feel, the ceiling was vaulted, reaching 14 feet at its peak.
2 | Opened up the walls with windows. Putting in nearly wall-to-wall windows facing the water, plus smaller units on adjacent walls, ensured maximum daylight and the broadest possible view. The architect also cantilevered the bathroom 2 1/2 feet beyond the rest of the house's west-facing wall to create the effect of being right on the water, as if in a boat.
3 | Oriented fixtures toward the view. The tub is nestled right up against windows that overlook the water. The glassed-in shower and mirrored vanity wall provide at least a sideways glimpse of the outdoors. Even the toilet, centered in an alcove between the shower stall and the side of a closet that opens onto a hall, faces the wall of windows.