Room With a View

Donald Lococo imparts classic elegance to an airy master bath

While designing a classical limestone abode in Northwest DC, architect Donald Lococo got creative in his plans for the master bath, situated at the end of a long hallway with scenic, forested land on three sides. Taking cues from the room’s location, Lococo conceived a layout that would not only allow for unimpeded views of the landscape, but also create a dramatic focal point from the corridor. He accomplished both goals by positioning a custom vanity in the center of the open room.

“I realized any walls I put bathroom elements on would compromise the views,” Lococo recounts. “So I placed the vanity with a double sink in the middle.” From the hallway, the bathroom door perfectly frames the vanity, installed sideways so its two-sided mirror doesn’t obscure the window behind it. “The vanity is as beautiful in profile as it is straight on,” Lococo notes of the piece that almost appears to float on narrow legs.

Windows that mimic the French doors elsewhere in the house, says the architect, “allow for cross-ventilation and create dappled light in the room throughout the day.”

Collaborating with Thomas Pheasant, who designed the home’s interiors, Lococo selected marble floors and walls in a running-bond pattern to reference the home’s stone exterior. Built-in linen cabinets flank the soaking tub and a coffered ceiling and pendant finish the space.

Architecture & Bath Design: Donald Lococo, AIA, Donald Lococo Architects, LLC, Washington, DC. Interior Design: Thomas Pheasant, Thomas Pheasant Interiors, Washington, DC. Contractor: Horizon Builders, Crofton, Maryland. 


Vanity: Custom. Countertop: Calacatta Gold marble. Tub: Sinks: Tub Filler, Towel Bar & Faucets: Floor & Wall Tile: Tundra Grey marble. Tile Installation: Boatman & Magnani, Inc.; 301-336-7700. Pendant: Windows & Door: