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Modern Symmetry

A master bathroom remodel exhibits the same clean, contemporary lines and natural light as the rest of the mid-century home

authors  | February 10, 2016

Nestled in a quiet Beverly Hills neighborhood amongst a variety of homes with architectural styles from the 1940s to present day, our client’s home, built in 1959, embodies remarkable, mid-century features. By 2014, however, the layout, function and aesthetics of the master bathroom were beyond outdated for today’s modern lifestyle. The client had previously completed some remodeling work in other parts of their home that incorporated clean contemporary lines and large windows to enjoy the views and natural sunlight while being respectful of the original mid-century architecture of the home. For the master bathroom, they sought out Arch-Interiors Design Group to ensure they remained true to these same considerations in their bathroom remodel.

Not uncommon to the original era, the space was extremely compartmentalized, consisting of closets as you entered, a vanity, then a tub/shower combination and toilet in an adjacent enclosure. The primary objective was to remove all of the walls to create one open, bright and inviting space. Another key challenge was to create a his-and-hers vanity area, soaking tub, separate shower and separate water closet in a small footprint while also adding windows so the client could view the garden area immediately adjacent. Immense consideration was given to their wishes, and the unique challenges from this project resulted in a planning effort that needed to be within fractions of inches to ensure the space functioned properly, remained open and felt symmetrical.

In the review of inspiration images, the clients were drawn to a crisp, elegant white motif — but not a cold and uninviting pure white. As a launching point, Calacutta marble was the perfect solution to marry the desired white concept with some visual interest created by the veining found in the natural stone.

Upon entering the space, your eye is immediately drawn to the whirlpool tub centered in the space and wrapped in Calacutta stone. The slab tub deck flows seamlessly into the shower to create a sitting bench while a curbless shower and infinity shower drain create a more modern feel. The water closet is a mirrored image of the shower, which also has a glass enclosure but includes a band of frosted film for a sense of privacy while in use.

Maintaining the symmetry within the space, on the opposing entry wall are wall-mounted his-and-hers vanities. The custom cabinetry is finished in an espresso stain and topped with white Calacutta slab offering an oversized counter edge detail. Unique features include under-cabinet lighting that acts as a night light and cabinetry constructed with just drawers since the client felt this was more functional for them than cabinetry with doors. A bold, oversized framed mirror matching the cabinet finish adds more warmth in the space, and vertical architectural sconces are both a stunning addition and functional for putting on makeup or for shaving.

Another unique and spectacular feature is the door leading into the room. The glass door is hung on barn door hardware, which added flare and drama while establishing the language of the room when entering from the bedroom suite. Finally, even though the property is already private, motorized shades were placed on the outside of the room when true privacy is required.

The end result is a clean, modern and timeless design. Remodeling this bathroom was extremely rewarding because of the client’s involvement, starting with their initial input in the conceptual phase to a result that more than exceeded and fulfilled their expectations.

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