Central Fixtures Transform an Open Bath
A sculptural island with suspended mirror, sink, and tub, anchors a couple's master bath
Out shopping for bath fixtures, Kelly Hayes fell in love with the mirrors used as partitions between various vignettes. They provided inspiration for her bathroom. The 5-by-7-foot island features curves and angles that make it look like a sculpture. The tub surround, vanity sides, and columns are wrapped in walnut beadboard. The porcelain vessel sink by Porcher tops the vanity, which is slanted inward—a stylish way to create foot room.
A clever design detail, the two-way vanity mirror is reflective above the sink but transparent on the tub side, where you enter the room. "The mirror helps keep the room divider from looking like a large block of wood," says designer Chadden Halfill of Silent Rivers Design firm. It is suspended from a stainless steel rod attached to two columns.
The wedge-shaped spa tub by Bain Ultra has straight sides that each measure 48-inches long. "At first we were going to put in a standard tub," says Halfill, "but the size and shape of this one made it just more visually interesting."
The granite vanity countertop extends under the hanging mirror and cantilevers over the edge of the tub, providing a handy perch for bath toiletries.
Sliding doors on the closet evoke a farm feeling in the new bathroom. Made of walnut with frosted glass, they open to a walk-in, cedar-lined closet that the couple shares. The built-in dressers that flank the closet have pull-out stainless-steel bins, open shelves, and wooden drawers for clothes.
Stainless-steel corner shelves in the shower, custom-made at a local metal shop, are just big enough for a bottle of shampoo or a bar of soap. The shower is lined in Italian ceramic tile from Gambarelli made to look like granite.
A yellow pine staircase, which is consistent with floors throughout the home, leads to the bedroom. The surrounding walls are also wrapped in yellow pine beadboard, including the door to the linen closet, which is tucked under the stairs. The open, rail-free design adds to the expansiveness of the space, says Halfill, who did not have to follow code restrictions in this case. The treads are lit by recessed halogen wall fixtures.
Instead of overpowering the modest one-and-a-half story clapboard house with a sprawling master suite on one floor, the designer stacked the low-ceilinged bedroom above the bath.
What They Did:
1. Built an addition. Instead of overpowering the modest one-and-a-half-story clapboard house with a sprawling master suite all on one floor, the designer stacked the rooms. He designed a 300-square-foot first-floor bath and a low-ceilinged bedroom of equal size about it.
2. Created a central, two-sided island. Uniting the tub and vanity in one approximately 5-by-7-foot island breaks up the open space.
3. Built a shower enclosure and a toilet alcove. Along the wall opposite the tub are a glassed-in shower and a partially enclosed toilet area.
4. Added closets. Because the atticlike-bedroom holds little furniture, his-and-hers dressers were created out of built-in shelves and pull-out bins installed on the wall opposite the vanity; sliding doors lead to a generous walk-in closet. A separate linen closet was carved out in the space under the stairs.