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.
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
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
"We use it
not only for a functional bathroom, but it is a spa for us,"
The arched wall
above the tub lends a softness to the space.
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,
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
The Remodeling Resource received a 2012 CotY Contractor of the
Year Award for this project.
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.
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
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."
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
The task was
accomplished through the use of driftwood-colored stain on the maple
cabinets and neutral shades of tile.
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.
faucets, stainless steel pulls and Silestone counters provide a
timeless feel that will withstand trend changes through the years.
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.