Design Details: Showers and Tubs

  • By Jenny Sullivan

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Credit: Tim Burleson

Locally Grown

Sited amid old-growth trees, this Carolina home incorporates a symphony of native materials, including cypress, yellow pine, poplar, white oak, Virginia fieldstone, and Tennessee crab orchard sandstone. "We do our best to use materials that are harvested regionally instead of bringing things from far away, exotic places," says architect Rob Carlton. The result: fewer transport miles, support for the local economy, and a definitive local flavor. Artisans in the area were hired to build custom cabinetry throughout the home, including this bathroom's double vanities and bench.

Project: Chauncey Knoll, Asheville, NC
Architect: Carlton Architecture
Builder: Point South Construction
Photo: Tim Burleson

Credit: Susan Gilmore

Well Dressed

Victorian styling can easily become fussy and over-accessorized, but this renovated master bath in a period farmhouse strikes an elegant tone. Painted white cabinets, frosted glass, and Calcutta gold marble tiles are offset by dark, oil-rubbed bronze plumbing fixtures, drawer pulls, cabinet feet, and wall sconces. A custom shower enclosure burnished to match those bronze finishes serves as a fine focal point and unifying element. "We wanted something that felt kind of like a vintage phone booth," says architect Jean Rehkamp Larson.

Project: Victorian Bath, Minneapolis
Architect: Rehkamp Larson Architects
Builder: Dovetail Renovation
Interior designer: Style Minneapolis
Photo: Susan Gilmore

Credit: Casey Dunn

Bath Path

Floors follow function in the master bath of this luxury home, indicating the transition between wet and dry areas. The slate that's underfoot on the vanity and dressing side shifts to river rock on the bathing side.  Water cascades from a ceiling-mounted faucet into a 3,500-pound, hand-cut black granite soaking tub, which the builder installed using hydraulic dollies. Behind the tub, a massive pivot door connects an open shower to a private outside play area with hot tub spa, pool, and fireplace.

Project: Spanish Oaks Spa Bath, Austin, Texas
Architect: Cornerstone Group Architects
Builder: Emerald Crest Development
Photo: Casey Dunn

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