The Millcroft Master Bath
An Open & Closed Space — The Millcroft Master Bath
The couple seldom used their massive tub, nor was the man of the house able to use the water closet because its placement was so dysfunctional. This New Traditional design includes an airier layout and more privacy.
Perhaps with her diminutive frame Goldilocks could find something “just right” in the cramped, poorly laid-out master bathroom my clients had coped with for 14 years, but I doubt it. The builder almost had to work to create a layout this awkward and unwelcoming. While I shared my clients’ discomfort upon entering the room, I mentally stripped it bare and saw a wonderful rectangle. Right away I could envision solutions to the problems created by the haphazard layout. It was from these initial impressions that we developed the complete design concept. Today, the master bathroom is serene and inviting, with a soothing color palette and lustrous materials imbuing the space with a warm, golden glow.
This “before” photo reveals one of the biggest problems with the master suite as a whole. Mentally close the bedroom door, and you see the open space connecting the master bedroom and bath. Closing off the bathroom allows for a sense of seclusion and an opportunity for retreat in this busy household of two adults and two teenagers.
Just left of the original cabinets sat a water closet that was so cramped that the man of the house literally never used this toilet — not once in 14 years. Just to enter the space required some acrobatic moves. The door opened inward and in order to close it, you practically had to climb over the toilet. The redesign eliminated the water closet altogether, and though the sleek Kohler Persuade toilet has a smaller footprint than the original, the seat is higher and wider — in other words, “just right” for him as well as her.
The under-sink storage in the original cabinetry had a black hole effect, adding unnecessary stress to the morning routine.The new vanity has custom-made, white oak cabinetry stained to match Benjamin Moore’s ethereal Distant Gray paint shade. The custom-built drawers go around the pipes for an orderly storage solution, and the upper cabinet houses a small television.
The Virage faucets by Brizo are sculptural in appearance and feel, with graceful arcs and twists and a brushed-bronze finish to complement the subtle gold veins in the glazed-marble countertop. Underfoot, white porcelain tile, warmed by in-floor radiant heating, enhances the crisp, clean aesthetic.
The seldom-used Roman tub was nothing but a space hog. In the reconfiguration, the bathtub was eliminated and a toilet put in its place.Opposite the toilet stands a storage cabinet with pull-out laundry bins.
The new shower occupies the old water closet as well as part of the original clothes closet.To access the original closet, you had to squeeze sideways past the old shower.The new layout opens up a straight run for the closet.Both the shower and walk-in closet are nearly two times larger.
Replacing a tiny enclosure my clients could scarcely turn around in, the spacious new shower features a solid marble bench, a rain-head shower, and — for singin’ in the rain — an iPod dock and in-shower speakers by Aquabrass. The bench is made out of a solid piece of marble angled ever so slightly so water drips forward. (A tiled bench, though initially less expensive, would have allowed water to pool in the joints, promoting mildew growth.)
The bathroom fan operates on a timer to prevent it from being left on all day and removing the heated or cooled air out of the house.
Other featured products in this Burlington interior design project include mirrors by Ren-Wil; sconces by Murray Feiss; sink by Kohler; shower fixtures by Brizo, from the Virage collection; Royal Calcatta polished porcelain 12-by-24-inch floor tiles; locally sourced Calcatta Fina Gold marble countertop and shower bench; and Grandma’s China paint from Benjamin Moore’s humidity-resistant Aura Bath & Spa line.