"The danger in doing a contemporary bathroom is that it can feel cold," says Pamela Butz of Butz + Klug Architecture, who remodeled this home near Boston with partner Jeffrey Klug. Their solution was a design that errs on the side of simplicity, but with beautiful, natural materials that "speak for themselves."
One of those materials is Equator marble, often used in hammams; aligning the lines of the slabs creates a single horizon in the wet room. Glass walls on two sides of the shower, plus a new skylight, make the whole space feel open and bright — even after dark. "When the sun sets, moonlight turns the space into a glowing sea of tranquil midnight blues," says Klug. White-oak floors with radiant heating are warm underfoot and quickly dry any water that splashes on the hardwood.
Despite the bathroom's narrow footprint, the homeowners were adamant about including a large six-by-three-foot bathtub by Rexa Design. To accommodate their wish—and give them a little breathing room—the architects designed a narrow wall-length teak vanity and Corian double sink. Hidden cabinets from Robern on either side of the central mirror mitigate countertop clutter. Serenity achieved.
This story originally appeared in the May 2016 issue of CQ.