Historic Seaside Craftsman

‘The new master bath, swathed in marble, limestone and mosaic glass tile takes center stage’

Project statement: Master Bath Remodel

The proud owner of this vintage craftsman cottage remodel raised the roof and added an entire second floor which looks out to a shingled turret with a whale weathervane and to Bellingham Bay. This unique room, carved out of the eaves is a narrow room with a tall—very tall—shower. Our job was to select the finishes and to help him complete the room which had languished after the initial flurry of construction activity. The owner was smitten once he was shown the teakwood limestone floor tile—there was just something exquisitely right about it for him.

Our design exercise was to find the finish materials which would complement the rich chocolate brown of the teakwood floor and the cherry wood cabinets which had been salvaged from a attorney’s office. Polished crema marfil marble was selected to lighten and warm the rest of the room. Detailed tile layout drawings were developed for the shower walls, the vanity backsplash, the tub deck and surround, and the floor tile pattern and border tile. A beautiful Ralph Lauren metallic paint in a bronze tone was chosen for the walls. Mirrored niches with glass shelves were designed to hold bath towels, bath supplies and a heated towel warmer. The limestone tile floor is heated as is the shower floor. The nine–drawer dresser in the vanity is warmed by the hydronic heating system which is the source of heat for the house.