It was a slab of
Statuary marble that served as Robin Swernoff’s inspiration behind the
bathroom renovation in her Bayside home. Swernoff and her husband own
Lakeside Stoneworks in Brown Deer, so it seems only fitting that her
creativity spawned from a piece of opulent stone.
That same marble
slab now functions as the vanity counter top in her newly remodeled
bathroom. "It (the bathroom) was originally a Jack and Jill
bathroom, but we decided to use it as our master bathroom,"
explains Swernoff. Despite being confined by its existing footprint, the
couple transformed the room into a serene place of respite. "We
live on Lake Michigan, so we wanted to incorporate the views into the
design of the room," she adds.
Marble tiles laid
in a herringbone pattern line the shower and vanity walls, and brown
suede limestone covers the floor, a direct request from Swernoff’s
husband. "We wanted to use classic materials and just give it a
little bit of an edge," she says.
the master bathroom of a Story Hill home, Jake Ruiz of QRS Group,
Pewaukee, employed an open concept space plan. "They (the
homeowners) wanted it to be an up-to-date, open bathroom with a spa-like
shower, but they didn’t want it to be a cold, harsh, modern feel so we
tried to give them a good balance between the two," says Ruiz.
of Blue Hot Design, Glendale, worked with Ruiz to select the room’s
neutral-toned materials and textiles. "When you want a neutral
palette, it helps to vary the scale of the different elements using
light and dark in that color scheme," explains Kohlmann, who chose
polished marble walls and a basket weave marble floor pattern to
accomplish the task.
The true focal
point of the room, though, is its freestanding tower. Ruiz’s team laid
each of the tower’s marble tiles individually, creating a divider that
allows for a two-person shower but maintains the open concept feel of
the room. "It makes their space feel much more inviting and a lot
larger than it felt before," adds Ruiz.
A previous master
suite addition, which converted a Brookfield home’s existing bedroom
into the master bathroom, created a generous amount of space for Timothy
Benkowski of timothyj kitchen & bath inc., Milwaukee, to work with
when tasked with remodeling the room 15 years later.
bigger than a lot of bathrooms to start with," says Benkowski. Per
the homeowners’ request, Benkowski removed the existing corner tub,
replacing it with an open concept shower. "They found, like most
people, that they didn’t use it (the tub)," he adds. The shower
controls were purposefully installed at the opposite end of the shower
head — a feature that allows its users to turn on the water and let it
warm without getting wet.
continued the room’s open style by adding 12 inches of space beneath
the his-and-hers vanities, hanging the cabintry on the wall instead of
anchoring it to the floor. Each of the personal grooming areas boasts
mirrored panels that slide up and down to reveal a medicine cabinet
underneath. The medicine cabinets, which Benkowski says measure about 7
inches deep, feature multiple outlets and internal lighting.