What we do

What led to the home-owner’s choice to begin their renovation in the master bedroom and bath?

The couple saw the potential in this 1911 English Cotswold-style stone mansion, although previous work in the ‘70s and ‘80s had removed or masked most of the Renaissance carved oak detailing.  Most had been stripped from the master suite, where shag carpeting, glass block walls, and multiple level changes made it seem irreversible.

While similar work would be needed throughout, the owners with 4 children prioritized creating a sanctuary that would set the tone for the later phases in the rest of the home.  The ample space of the suite allowed for re-ordering the walls for a generous bath with tub and walk-in shower as well as a free-standing vintage tub, double vanity, steam room and separate toilet room.  The first priority was to devise a floor-plan that was more rational and symmetrical, and of course un-cover the exterior window buried in the last renovation’s drywall.

With so much missing, how did you bring back the character found in the rest of the house?

The owners were open to novel ways of using architectural salvage. I enjoy the challenge of starting with key pieces – in this case, gothic wainscot and linen-fold paneling from a demolished church. These elements became the building blocks that worked seamlessly into the new design, defining an intimate window seat or framing out the double vanity topped with dark emperador marble and vessel sinks. These dark elements off-set lighter trim that matched to the home’s limed-oak, and we were fortunate to find original doors stored in the attic used for the toilet room and the linen closet.

How did the work you did in the master affect plans for the rest of the house?

The character brought back to the master suite set the bar for what’s possible in the rest of the home. We’re currently working with the owners on a master plan for the other primary spaces, with priority set for the kitchen and family room.

Project Brief:

Complete Master Suite transformation.  Historically-sensitive reversal of earlier contemporary renovation.  Re-configured master bedroom/bath space

New features include:

  • walk-in shower
  • steam shower
  • vintage claw-foot tub
  • architectural salvage gothic window seat
  • double vanity

Whether the starting point for your project is a new build, a kitchen/bath re-model, a renovation or restoration with historic considerations – even an up-date with finishes and furnishings – we will get to know your life-style & goals to tailor a solution that expresses your personal style & supports a life well-lived.