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The Concept: For families with children, it’s not uncommon for the master bath to become the default kids’ bathing room, since it often houses the biggest tub in the house. That’s what inspired Mastro & Skylar Architects to create the Tub Room, a space dedicated solely to the act of bathing, where any member of the family (or a guest) can retreat to let Calgon take them away. In this landmark Kenwood home, built in 1885, a turret in the finished attic offers an idyllic spot for such a room, as it can be accessed through the master suite or through a big, inviting set of double doors at the top of the stairs.
From the beginning, owners and architect alike agreed that this bathroom ought to contain only one major element: the tub. They opted for Waterworks’ Empire freestanding tub (1), with Newport Brass fixtures from Community Home Supply.
The owners fell in love with a light Ming green marble tile (2) from Granite & Marble Resources. The design was kept simple and elegant, with this material used throughout the space.
Over the tub, low-voltage spotlights (3) by Juno from Lightology allow for relaxed reading. Around the periphery of the room, flush-mounted lighting (4) from Lightology’s Edge Lighting line creates a subtle circle of illumination that can be adjusted depending on time of day.
Photograph: Kate Roth