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Living Luxe
Master baths designed for relaxation

Photos by Doug Edmunds

June 2013

A gas fireplace helps create a peaceful mood in this master bath.

In the Mood

Jeff and Lisa Pereles’ Whitefish Bay master bathroom was a cramped and "strictly functional" space before a remodel by SJ Janis Co., says Nathan Wachtl, senior design consultant.

By borrowing a bit of square footage from a guest bedroom closet, the room went from functional to inviting. "Our focus was to create a retreat to decompress from life’s stresses," Wachtl says.

A Kohler Underscore BubbleMassage tub is the focal point for the room’s clean, modern aesthetic. The old tub could only fit a person smaller than 5 feet, says Jeff Pereles. "We want everything in our house to be usable, so we took the same tack when it came to our bathroom."

Organic elements, such as Jinshan travertine tiles and zebrawood tub deck, enhance the restorative theme, as does the Napoleon gas torch fireplace at the foot of the tub.

The room also includes a walk-in shower and a floating custom vanity with artistic vessel sink.

"We use it not only for a functional bathroom, but it is a spa for us," Pereles says.

The arched wall above the tub lends a softness to the space.

Fresh and Elegant

The silver mist colored Venetian plaster on the walls of Ken and Cindy Gear’s master bathroom sets the tone for a room that is designed for relaxation. Cindy, who owns Gear Interiors, wanted the spa experience when she entered her master suite. "My goal was to make if feel very spa like, sedate, calm and soothing," she says.

A Bain Ultra bath, the centerpiece in the space, is an air massage tub that produces hundreds of tiny bubbles for the in-home spa experience. A wood base and marble deck surround the tub. A leaded glass overlay fits over the existing window for an antique look, but has modern, energy-efficient features.

Gear loves to incorporate antique items into her Waterville Lake home, such as the black columns made from reclaimed mahogany pillars. The vanity was refurbished from a dining room buffet the couple had in their previous home.

Bartelt The Remodeling Resource received a 2012 CotY Contractor of the Year Award for this project.

Fresh Start

Through the creative use of curves, Mary Sweet, project and interior designer with Bartelt The Remodeling Resource, was able to give a Pewaukee couple everything they wanted in the update of their master bathroom. "Their top priorities were a private water closet, a long soaking tub and a double sink vanity," Sweet says.

A curved tub deck saves space and allowed Sweet to put in the 6 1/2-foot tub the owners wanted. Decorative mosaic tile is a focal point on the tub and on the curved shower bench. Removing a soffit made more room for a frameless shower with a rainfall shower head and handheld sprays.

The curves continue on the espresso-stained cherry vanity, topped with Crystal Gold granite and double sinks.

Sweet says the room’s transitional style is "very warm, very clean, very Barbara Barry."

The glass mosaic tile provides a backsplash above each sink and is a decorative frame for the mirrors. "We wanted to keep it light and out of the box," designer Cheri Ware says. "It would have been too predictable to put a wood frame around the mirrors."

Timeless tranquility

The homeowners who built this Richfield house wanted to bring the natural feeling of their surroundings into their master bath. "We were looking for something really calm, peaceful and relaxing," says the homeowner.

The task was accomplished through the use of driftwood-colored stain on the maple cabinets and neutral shades of tile.

"The glass tile set the color theme for the space," says Cheri Ware of Ware Design in Delafield, who designed, built and provided interior design for the home.

A double vanity with a center makeup station provides plenty of space for the couple. The angular lines of the wall unit are softened by use of accessories, such as the pussy willow arrangement, Roman blinds and wall sculpture.

The Moen faucets, stainless steel pulls and Silestone counters provide a timeless feel that will withstand trend changes through the years.

The tile surround and Kohler Effervescence Bath in biscuit is strategically placed under a large window with views of the backyard and beyond.

"You know a design is going to be good when you get a feeling of ‘wow’ from the pencil sketch," Ware says.



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