Bath Time

While renovating a home on Maryland’s Severn River, architect Andreas Charalambous and Owings Brothers Contracting opened up the interiors to stunning water views. Included in the plan was the upstairs master bath, which was dated and poorly laid out for the owners’ needs. “The big window was there, but the tub was under it,” relates Joe Smith of Owings Brothers. “They wanted to enjoy the view while showering.”

Luckily, the house sits atop a steep hill, so privacy in the completed bath (right) was not an issue. The team reversed the locations of the shower and tub, replacing the window with one suited to a wet environment. A curb-less glass shower enclosure further accentuates the view, while an accent wall of porcelain wave tiles serves as a backdrop for the sculptural Badeloft soaking tub. River rock covers the shower floor. “Everything is white and bright to emphasize the view,” Smith says. “The view was always in play.”

Renovation Architecture: Andreas Charalambous, AIA, IIDA, FORMA Design, Washington, DC. Renovation Contractor: Joseph Smith, CGR, CAPS, CGP, Owings Brothers Contracting, Eldersburg, Maryland. Photography: Vince Lupo.