Bath as the Star of a Guest Quarter Addition
In need of extra space, this couple found room in an old, attached garage for a bedroom fit with a luxurious bath
When empty-nest syndrome kicks in, most couples think about downsizing. But when the owners of this Chappaqua, New York, house found that their grown kids were frequently bringing friends home to an increasingly cramped dinner table, they realized they'd need more room than ever. "We were seating 20-something adults at their own 'kids' table," says the husband.
So the couple enlisted the help of architect Carol Kurth in rethinking their home. The result was a whole-house renovation that included converting the old, attached garage into living space. Kurth also suggested raising the garage's roof and using some of the unfinished attic for a separate guest suite. While the bedroom boasts a walk-in closet and lots of natural light, it's the bathroom—with its luxurious two-person soaking tub and serene views of treetops—that's the real star of the space. With the roof bumped up, the new bath boasts an airy vaulted ceiling. Custom mahogany-stained open-shelf vanity bases preserve the spacious feeling. Stained medicine cabinets add more warm wood tones.
"The idea was to have a guest bath that's as comfortable and relaxing as the master bath," says the architect. Following the homeowners' admonition not to be "too country or too modern," Kurth warmed up the room with Craftsman-inspired details such as wood vanities, bronze fittings, and stone-look tiles and included amenities like a separate toilet room and twin sinks. Large windows and a frameless glass shower door maximize natural light in the space; beadboard wainscoting adds traditional detail.
Since their completion, the guest quarters have been put to good use by the couple's grown children and their parents, too—exactly as hoped. "It's important for us to make this house a place where our family wants to come back and visit," says the husband. It looks like they'll have no trouble keeping the suite booked for years to come.
Space-saving pocket doors in the toilet room open to a linen closet that stores fresh towels and bedding for guests.
The muted taupe and beige of the stone-look ceramic tile add to the warm, serene ambience the homeowners were after.
A recessed niche in the tiled shower provides ample space for guests' toiletries.
Before: The attic space above the old garage was unfinished and had only a 4-foot head clearance.
After: The renovated 11-by-201⁄2-foot space is outfitted with a large soaking tub, twin sinks, a shower, and a separate toilet room and linen closet.
The homeowners couldn't stand up in the 4-foot-high attic above their old garage, which was crisscrossed with exposed wiring and ductwork.