Master Bath as a Grown-Up Getaway
Relocating the master bath away from the kid zone allows for a spacious, light-filled master-suite retreat
A master bath should be a place to escape and unwind—especially when you've got two kids under age 4. Designer Alys Protzman and her husband had that in mind while redoing the upstairs of their 1880s North Carolina farmhouse. Tucked into their bedroom, which was across the hall from the kids' rooms, the old master bath had an awkward layout, no tub, and no actual door. So, working with architect Erik Van Mehlman, they decided to start fresh, bumping out the back of the house 15 feet to allow for a new master suite. Both children's rooms would be in the front of the house, and dressing closets would add a buffer zone between adult and kid spaces.
Shown: Light-filled and inviting, the newly built master bath features farmhouse-appropriate shiplap walls, a focal-point soaking tub, and separate vanities.
For an updated look that respects their house's vintage, they lined the bath with white shiplap. Flanking a freestanding tub with twin vanities and placing the steam shower and toilet enclosure on the opposite wall gives the room good flow and an open feel. Says Alys, "It's such a luxury to have this much space—not to mention peace and quiet!"
Shown: The old bath had an odd layout, dated finishes—and no tub.
The relocated bath can be accessed from both the bedroom sitting area and the dressing closets.
1. Built a 3-by-6-foot shower with a bench on the interior wall at the far end of the room.
2. Added a mirrored pocket door to dressing closets opposite the tub.
3. Boxed out an enclosure for the toilet, accessed via a pocket door.
4. Added a window opposite one of the entries for a space-expanding sight line outside.
5. Centered a freestanding tub under double-hung windows with views of the backyard.
6. Flanked the tub with matching vanities to ease traffic flow and create pleasing symmetry. Pocket entry doors maximize space.