Private escape

This master suite, on the top floor of a loft-style home in Venice Beach, was designed to maximize a small space without looking compartmentalized
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View of contemporary square tub with plant feature.

Even when a master suite is designed as part of a new home, there can be challenges in terms of space.

An innovative solution was required for the design of this suite in a Venice Beach loft-style house designed by the owners, architect John Reed and interior designer Marisa Solomon-Reed of Reed Architectural Group.

"Essentially, we wanted the bathroom to feel very large and luxurious, but we didn't have a lot of space to work with," says John Reed. "We wanted it to be very spa-like with clean lines."

To make the room seem more spacious, a crisp, square-edged Wet Style Cube bathtub was floated in the center of the room, in front of the shower and toilet room, with glass walls and shelving positioned alongside.

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View of bathroom with dark flooring and white tub.

"Floating the tub away from the wall on the dark floor allows the whole footprint of the bathroom to be read, which helps make the space seem larger," says Reed.

The glass display shelving also helps to prevent the room from looking enclosed.

The designers specified asymmetrical vanities, rather than the standard his-and-hers units. These are placed along one wall. The main vanity is in rift-sawn white oak in a dark espresso finish, which is the same material that features in the kitchen cabinets and closets. The unit is canti­­­­levered from the wall, which again opens up the space and makes the bathroom look bigger. A long, shallow Duravit basin helps to visually elongate the suite.

In contrast, the second vanity is a simple, free-floating wall-mounted sink positioned at the far end of the room.

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View of contemporary bathroom with white bed and dark flooring.

The linear look is reinforced by a suspended ceiling element above the shower and toilet room. The lowered ceiling also adds to the intimacy.

In keeping with the largely monochromatic look of the space, the walls feature a mix of white tile and dark wood.

"We chose three different patterned wall tiles square and rectangular, in two lengths," says Marisa Solomon-Reed. "We then created a series of differing tile modules to add another subtle layer of detail to the bathroom.

"We also took care to line up the horizontal lines of the grout with the reveals and the wood paneling so the entire room has a seamless flow, and a quiet, tranquil ambience."

Mar 30, 2012
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