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The mirror above the floating vanity conceals a built-in TV.

The large steam shower is outfitted with Gessi fixtures.

The vessel sink and limestone panels are by Salvatori.

A skylight above the tub bathes the room in natural light.

A Boffi vessel tub creates a focal point, flanked by tall windows frosted for privacy.

Unfettered Spirit

Organic elements and natural light define a Zen escape

Building a home from scratch puts owners in control of decisions large and small. With this unfettered spirit, a couple enlisted architects Mark McInturff and Colleen Healey to design their new Virginia residence—a modern vision in white stucco with black trim.

The master bath reflects the home’s overall architecture in symmetry and palette. “Serene, quiet and reserved” is how McInturff describes the open space, its floors covered in white Thassos marble.

A vessel tub creates a focal point, flanked by tall windows, frosted for privacy and framed in dark-bronze aluminum. The other walls harbor a steam shower, a sculptural wash basin and a floating vanity. “We tried to relate these four elements in terms of detail and materiality,” explains Healey (who has since launched her own firm).

Julia Walter of Boffi Georgetown collaborated on the selection of fixtures and materials, including panels of Salvatori limestone applied on each wall. One panel anchoring the tub ascends into a skylight that bathes the room in natural light. Another skylight illuminates the shower, which boasts a floating stone bench long enough to recline upon.

Though a TV is hidden in the mirror, this bathroom invites quiet introspection. “Our lives are so cluttered by technology,” Walter comments, “that you really want to relax in a place where you don’t have a lot of distractions.”

Architecture: Mark McInturff, FAIA, principal; Colleen Healey, AIA, project architect, McInturff Architects, Bethesda, Maryland. Builder: Added Dimensions, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland.


Windows: solarinnovations.com. Skylights: velux.com. Bathtub, Bath Filler, Vanity, Mirror, Accessories: boffi.com. Washbasin, Stone Surfaces & Slabs: salvatori.it through boffi.com. Marble Flooring: marblesystems.com. Recessed Lighting: eurofase.com. Lighting Strips: luminii.com. Shower Fixture: gessi.com.

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