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A dramatic refuge brings the spa experience home

While collaborating on a custom Annapolis home on the South River, ABS Architects and designer Bryan Huffman worked with Pyramid Builders to create a lavish primary bath with high ceilings and tall windows that would emphasize views of its serene, natural surroundings. “The home is surrounded by 330 degrees of shoreline, and maximizing every view of nature was non-negotiable,” says Pyramid president Bret Anderson. “In the primary bath, windows and glass doors line much of the perimeter while custom glass cabinet doors and shelving leave no sight to the outdoors obstructed.”

An ample footprint allowed for dedicated zones housing the shower, tub, toilet and double vanities—each with its own vista. The owners specified a spa experience, so an electronically controlled steam shower and separate rain head beckon, along with a heated floor. Abundant custom cabinetry is finished with a layer of protective boat paint to withstand the steam from the shower; the cabinetry is carefully positioned for optimal storage and display.

The material palette “is intentionally tranquil and subdued to accentuate the views,” Anderson notes. An interwoven mosaic-marble floor and large-format marble shower tiles provide a refined backdrop for vanities topped with Thassos marble and frosted glass expanses intended to let in the light while preserving privacy. Polished-nickel hardware matches the finish found on pendants and vanity sconces. For a touch of contrast, the outside of the soaking tub is painted in burnished nickel.

Bath Design: Bryan Huffman Interior Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, ABS Architects, Annapolis, Maryland. Architecture: ABS Architects. Builder: Bret Anderson, Pyramid Builders, Annapolis, Maryland. 

Vanities, Built-In Shelving and Storage + Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure: premiercb.com. Marble Floor and Shower Tile, Tub, Tub Filler + Shower Fixtures: waterworks.com. Lighting: visualcomfort.com, crystorama.com. Vanity Top: rocktopsfabrication.com.

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