Kitchen and Bath ideas Magazine

Great Escape

Done right, a master bath should soothe the mind, body, and spirit.

But Peter and Cindy Schliemann’s outdated space in their early-1980s Lincoln, Massachusetts, home rendered more stress than relaxation. The original bathroom’s design lacked space, storage, and scenic views—all of which the couple craved after years of jockeying for space at their lone sink and basic shower/tub combo.

The solution? Move the master suite to a guest room at the opposite end of the house and extend the space outward 8 feet. The couple pilfered additional square footage by removing a wall and adding a floor over the main-level living room’s soaring cathedral ceiling. “We used what was essentially a dead space,” Cindy says.

With efficiency in mind, Cindy arranged the layout, creating multiple points of entry. The bath now connects to a spacious walk-in closet and the master bedroom so “we have a more functional circular traffic pattern,” she says.

The bath also opens to a balcony that overlooks one of the home’s greatest assets—a wooded backyard. To further take advantage of the striking scenery, a deep soaking tub sits in front of two windows. Positioned in the corner, a luxurious, tile-clad walk-in shower with windows on two walls also looks onto the balcony and its backyard views. “The windows bring in a lot of natural beauty and light,” Cindy says.

Enlarging the room’s footprint provided more possibilities for storage. Certified kitchen designer (CKD) and cabinet designer Elizabeth Goltz created many built-in storage solutions, including a short, narrow unit adjacent to the toilet; a tall cabinet with ribbedglass doors near the tub; and a floating vanity—all outfitted with different-size drawers, doors, and pullouts. Tucked next to the corner shower, a tall cubby dubbed “the locker” conveniently keeps bathrobes and clean towels in reach. “Everything is very linear,” Goltz says. “We wanted to really balance the horizontal and vertical lines that are so prominent in this room.”

Clean lines and a high-contrast color scheme cater to the room’s contemporary vibe. The cabinetry’s deep cherry finish perfectly complements the cool gray-blue hues of the room. Tumbled-limestone tiles pave the floor, while porcelain tiles of varying sizes blanket the shower walls. Blue mosaic glass tiles line the shower floor, accent the shower walls, and top the vanity counter. To create the illusion of more space, Cindy painted the walls a soft blue and the ceiling a bright white.

For Peter and Cindy, the master bath is now a spot where they enjoy spending time. “We are very much in love with our new bath,” Cindy says.

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