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Tree House Retreat

A sumptuous bathroom evokes the spa experience at home

Tree House Retreat

Alan Field, ASID, and Joseph Handwerger AIA,
The Levine Group Architects + Builders, Inc.

Washington, DC, homeowners Lucantonio Salvi and Tania Chomiak-Salvi had lived in Europe for a while and were attracted to contemporary design. So when they turned to The Levine Group to create a master bedroom and bathroom addition on their 1950s-era Cleveland Park split-level home, they asked the firm to create a streamlined space with lots of luxurious elements.

“We had a lot of real estate to work with, which is a rarity in remodeling jobs in the city, since space restrictions are generally an issue,” says Field, the firm’s design director. “We extended the roof line and incorporated an under-utilized attic space. The extended 13-foot ceiling height makes the bath seem a lot larger than its 175 square feet.” Vertical design elements intersecting with simple strong horizontal planes inform the layout of the space. Amber-colored glass tile blocks, used in the shower stall wall, wrap around to create door casings that extend to the ceiling. The same material is applied to the sink wall and is also used as a baseboard detail. Three ceiling-mounted pendant lights above the vanity are spaced between two floating mirrors. The serene, spa-like feel is enhanced by sea green painted glass countertops and natural light that pours through floor-to-ceiling glass doors created as part of the build-out. “Everyone in the family uses this space,” says Tania. “We feel like we’re in a tree-house retreat and enjoy the new views of our back yard.”

ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION: Alan Field, ASID, and Joseph Handwerger AIA, The Levine Group Architects + Builders, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland; photography: Allen Russ, Hoachlander Davis Photography, Washington, DC

RESOURCES: Tile & Mirrors: Waterworks. Lavatory & Shower Fittings: Grohe. Tub: Duravit. Glass Vanity Top: Classic Glass. Cabinetry: The Levine Group Architects + Builders Inc.

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