When you have young kids, the master suite can be a sanctuary. And the homeowners of this particular oasis wanted their master to be removed from the action and to give them temporary relief from the rest of the house. We started by fully soundproofing the entire master wing using max loaded vinyl, plywood and double-thickness sound-proofing drywall. With sound no longer an issue, focus turned to creating a space that would be a haven unto itself. The master bedroom includes a charming sitting area, replete with fireplace with custom limestone mantel and surround in a nook finished in a nickel gap wall finish. This space’s configuration was changed mid-stream: the fireplace and chimney were moved in order to allow for better views of the pool area, which is accessed via alder French doors. The rest of the room is wrapped in Philip Jeffries grasscloth wallpaper in pale blue, resting under box beamed ceilings and above the Saint Amour rustic plank French oak flooring. But the hideaway takes on another level altogether when you walk into the en suite. Sitting on a mosaic ocean of laser-cut Carrara marble is a 2,000-pound solid granite stand alone tub. The fixture is so massive that it had to be brought onsite prior to framing (where it was custom crated for protection). And once the flooring was finished, professional movers were brought in in order to help maneuver it to its final position, next to a brass finished freestanding filler. It sits in front of custom hand-crafted coated aluminum and glass shower doors and surround. The Bianco Carrara marble-lined shower features his and her brass fixtures with thermostatic valves. The homeowners were looking for something completely unique that had the master-level craftsmanship and custom design they were accustomed to, while still being fresh and detail oriented. They also wanted serious storage in the custom-built his-and-her vanity with Amrac Martin hardware, as well as heated towel bars. Clerestory windows were diligently integrated with the massive vanity. His and her toilets and large his-and-her closets connect to the space. His closet features a steamer built into one of the closet doors, while her closet features brass mesh detailing. The en suite also has a direct entrance from garage No. 1, allowing for easy access that won’t disrupt the rest of the house. Just don’t tell the kids.
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