Column: Contemporary Master Bathroom with Lake Views


EXISTING BATHROOM: The owners of this 1975 home, located on Eagle Creek Reservoir, had lived with their out-of-date master bathroom for nearly four years. “We bought this house for the breathtaking views of the lake, but the inside didn’t reflect our style. The layout didn’t work. It felt dark, the shower was too small and the humidity and moisture from the lake was ruining our clothes.”

BATHROOM DESIGN ELEMENTS: “We wanted to transform our bathroom into a spacious, serene and contemporary space.” To achieve this look, three existing rooms including the hall bath, master closet and master bath were combined to create one large open space. The bathroom now features an enclosed wardrobe closet, an open dressing area, a larger shower, a private water closet, a sleek floating vanity and freestanding tub.

FREE-STANDING TUB: To preserve the scenic view of the lake from the bathroom window, the tub remained in the same location. The owners selected a Victoria & Albert free-standing tub to compliment the new contemporary design. This tub is designed to fit in a smaller space and is made out of finely ground volcanic limestone called “Quarrycast” – making it lightweight, warm to the touch and easy to clean.

SHOWER DETAILS: “The old shower was too small and dark. We wanted our new shower to be modern, bright, big and practical for everyday use.” To add function, the new shower features a bench with a nearby adjustable handheld chrome showerhead and a shower niche to store shampoos. For a modern look, the rear shower wall features Imperial Bianco tile in a vertical straight lay with a granite accent piece. Finally, a frameless glass enclosure was installed to fill the shower with natural light.

FINAL RESULT: “Of the entire bathroom, we love the soaking tub by the window the most. There is no better form of relaxation than soaking in the tub with a view of the woods and lake.”

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