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The floating vanity is by SieMatic.

A window in the shower area is covered by frosted glass that admits light but allows privacy.

The roomy shower features a built-in seat and a rain shower head.

The mirrored lift-up medicine cabinet from Robern is fitted with USB ports and outlets.

A frosted-glass door with a graphic stripe leads to the private WC.

A niche in the WC holds a convenient sink and vanity.

Italian porcelain tile, frosted glass and floating cabinetry topped with Caesarstone convey a sleek sensibility.

Sleek Oasis

Jonas Carnemark turns a traditional bathroom into a modern refuge

A widower in Silver Spring ready for a fresh start decided to remake his traditional master bath into a sleek, contemporary oasis. “He wanted a roomy, second-floor space that could be used for years to come,” says Jonas Carnemark of Carnemark design + build, who was tasked with carrying out the transformation. “We knew he would be aging in the home, so we created a modern, functional, accessible bathroom—we even constructed an elevator to the second floor.”

First, they borrowed from an adjacent room to enlarge the WC, widening its doorway and the entry to the main bath and fitting them both with sliding pocket doors of frosted glass with a graphic stripe. An oversized walk-in shower replaced a seldom-used tub; the shower area contains a window frosted with the same pattern for privacy and a built-in seat that’s clad in the tile to match the shower wall.

“The owner requested a sophisticated yet manageable experience,” Carnemark explains. The budget was not an issue, so they selected high-end products ranging from a self-cleaning toilet with an integrated bidet, nightlight, air deodorizer and dryer to handheld showerheads with thermostatic controls and a multi-setting rain showerhead. A mirrored lift-up medicine cabinet, fitted with fogless settings and additional lighting, includes internal heating and cooling controls, as well as USB ports and outlets. A wireless LED lighting and temperature program is controlled via iPhone.

Carnemark achieved a modern vibe with Italian porcelain tile in contrasting charcoal and striated marble, floating SieMatic cabinetry in light gray, Caesarstone vanity tops and wall-mounted Dornbracht fixtures. Frosted-glass pendants resemble glowing sculptures.

BATH DESIGN & CONTRACTING: Jonas Carnemark, CR, CKD, CLIPP, Carnemark design + build, Bethesda, Maryland.

Cabinetry: konstsiematic.com. Countertop: caesarstoneus.com. Sinks: alape.com. Toilet: totousa.com. Sink & Shower Fixtures: dornbracht.com. Floor & Wall Tile: delconcausa.com. Shower & Vanity Wall Tile: architecturalceramics.com. Frosted Glass: klein-usa.com. Pendant Lights: artemide.com. Home Automation System: leviton.com. Medicine Cabinet: robern.com.

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