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Large windows by tub and steam shower
Large windows by tub and steam shower

Large windows by the tub and in the steam shower take in the woodsy view.

Floating double vanity and cabinets.
Floating double vanity and cabinets.

The owners enjoy copious storage in the floating double vanity and cabinets.

White accents and charcoal-gray porcelain tile on the walls and heated floors
White accents and charcoal-gray porcelain tile on the walls and heated floors

White accents and charcoal-gray porcelain tile on the walls and heated floors create a quiet stage for the views of nature.

Owners bath soaking tub.
Owners bath soaking tub.

The owners can display artwork or light candles in a niche by the tub.

Modern Refuge

Michael Stehlik unites dual baths into one calming oasis steeped in light and style

Modern Refuge - The new owners of a transitional Chevy Chase home wanted to break free of the confining twin bathrooms in their primary suite.

“Hers was pink and his was green,” recalls designer Michael Stehlik, who was tapped for the makeover. “The baths felt clunky and though the property backs up to a wooded park, the only spot with a view was the tub.”

Inspired by spa-like baths they’d enjoyed on past vacations, the couple envisioned a peaceful escape with simple materials and dramatic views. “They found peace in open spaces that felt very minimal, so we tried to translate that,” Stehlik explains.

His plan opened up the baths into one large volume and positioned a soaking tub and steam shower on the outside wall to take advantage of the view. On the opposite side, an enclosed WC with frosted-glass doors mirrors the shower’s footprint. Other geometric forms instill a sense of symmetry, from a floating double vanity and tall storage cabinets to ceiling coffers that diffuse daylight through existing skylights. Hooks and towel bars in the WC keep clutter at bay.

White accents and charcoal-gray porcelain tile on the walls and heated floors create a quiet stage that lets scenes of nature play out through oversized windows. The owners can display artwork or light candles in a niche by the tub. “They wanted this to be their sanctuary,” says Stehlik.

Modern Refuge - “Now they can enjoy the bath together in a very functional way.”

Bath Design: Michael Stehlik, Stehlik Design, Washington, DC. Contractor: DMV Kitchen & Bath, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

THE DETAILS
All Tile: porcelanosa-usa.com. Tub Deck, Shower Bench & Vanity Top: silestoneusa.com. Tub: us.kohler.com. Tub & Sink Faucets & Shower Fixture: hansgrohe-usa.com. Sinks: duravit.us. Plumbing Source: build.com. Custom Shower Enclosure: dmvkitchenandbath.com. Shower Door Hardware: crlaurence.com. Vanity & Cabinetry: adelphikitchens.com. Vanity & Cabinetry Hardware: emtek.com. Pendants: sonnemanawayoflight.com. Art: edruscha.com.

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