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Jonas Carnemark creates his-and-her baths in a Palisades bungalow

After moving into a DC home that had previously been  remodeled, a young couple started dreaming up new ideas for a bath renovation to reflect their personal style. While the wife conjured a bright and airy retreat, her husband imagined a dark, masculine spa with a steam shower.

Rather than duking it out, the duo decided to make both visions a reality with help from designer Jonas Carnemark.

First, Carnemark transformed the master bath for the wife, removing its “bulbous” pickled vanity and dated corner tub to create a streamlined layout. Eliminating a small linen closet made way for an oversized shower, centered under an enlarged skylight. A vanity with three drawer columns and cubby recesses provides efficient storage. “We made the mirror frames from the cabinet material so it ties together nicely,” says the designer. “She wanted it to feel natural but also care-free. Quartz countertops and porcelain tile that resembles marble on the walls fit the bill perfectly.”

In his redo of the husband’s basement lair, the designer also sourced organic-looking material—namely anthracite porcelain on the floor and walls. By borrowing square footage from an adjacent utility room, he created space for a luxurious glass enclosure featuring a rain shower, hand shower, steam system and built-in bench. A corner sink with built-in shelving and chrome details completes the picture. “For him, the bath was about relaxing in the steam shower after work or weekend sports,” explains Carnemark.

The yin and yang of their disparate bath styles was not lost on the homeowners. “They played with that aspect,” Carnemark relates. “They thought it was cool.”

White Bath: Vanity: artcraftkitchens.com. Countertop: silestoneusa.com. Sink & Shower Fixtures: us.kohler.com. Flooring: mosaictileco.com. Light Fixtures: pureedgelighting.com. Toilet: totousa.com. Dark Bath: Floor, Wall & Shower Tile: architecturalceramics.com. Steam Shower: us.kohler.com. Sink & Shower Fixtures: brizo.com. Sink: duravit.com.

Bath Design: Jonas Carnemark, CKD, CLIPP, KONST Union, Bethesda, Maryland. Contractor: CARNEMARK design + build, Bethesda, Maryland.   

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