A His-and-Her Bath That Doesn't Feel Cramped
When one couple decided against separate master bathrooms in their new-construction house, the architect came up with a revised plan to create a single space that meets dual needs.
The couple buying this house while it was under construction decided against the "his" and "her" baths layed out in the original plans, opting to turn the two rooms into a shared master bath and a sitting room. So architect Jay Haverson designed a luxurious retreat that meets the needs of both users, while reflecting the formal aesthetic of the stone-and-shingle home.
Here, two Toto sinks create distinct grooming areas. Matching medicine cabinets flanking the mirror provide separate storage areas, as do the double-vanity cabinets by Hibernian Millwork. The drawers are meant for shared items.
A vaulted cove ceiling—an architectural motif found elsewhere in the house—is painted blue to echo the wallpaper and mimic the sky. Its heavens-above hue creates an airy feeling, enhanced by three windows over the tub.
A pattern of 1¼-inch white marble tile surrounding 12-inch beige marble tiles, all by Ceramic Design, is laid like a rug with a border of 1 1/4-inch squares. "The pattern helps to organize the room visually and created an interesting focal point," says Haverson.
An arched molding detail—one of several in the room—echoes the cove ceiling and unifies two different door materials: paneled wood for the toilet room, frameless glass for the shower. The polished nickel towel warmer from Waterworks adds a luxurious touch.
The marble-lined steam shower continues the tile wainscot that wraps the room. Amenities, such as a multi-spray steam shower from Waterworks, help to create a spalike environment, continued throughout the room with radiant floor heating and built-in stereo speakers.
A skirted tub from Kohler anchors the rectangular 8½-by-22-foot space. The footprint encompases only one of the originally designated bath spaces—the other now the bedroom sitting area—but still provided enough room for two to simultaneously participate in daily rituals.