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MASTERING THE MASTERS

The project involved several space-planning challenges,including the toilet location and the preservation of some of the bathroom's architectural elements,
including a cupola.Although moving plumbing lines
is expensive, the team had no choice but to relocate
the toilet to the other side of the bathroom to allocate
three additional feet to the new master closet.
"To find the location of the plumbing line, we
had to drill a giant hole in the floor," said Jana
Valdez, principal interior designer and kitchen
and bath specialist for Haven. "We had to dig
another eight feet down to find the sewer main,
and we had to create another tunnel to trench the
new piping for the toilet, which took eight days."
Valdez elected to keep the curved shower and
existing cupola in the master bath because of the
infusion of natural light, but both elements provided their own set of challenges.The clients didn't
want the maintenance of having to clean shower
glass, so the designer chose to block off that area
with an accent wall, which also highlights the
luxurious, freestanding tub that sits in front of it.
This feature wall, which Valdez says was the
jumping-off point for the rest of the bathroom design, features massive countertop slabs for edges,
so it needed extra backing. The team had to reinforce the concrete and drill into it with steel supRIGHT AND BELOW The floor

features a marble-look porcelain tile, and the raised "X" detail on the pale-taupe cabinet
doors mimics the metallic tile
pattern of the focal wall.

"The substantial quartz
countertops were built up
three inches to provide a transitional look, while the black
interior doors add contrast
and ground the space," said
the designer.

ports.The new shower can be accessed from either
side, and several vertical windows were added to
present the space with even more natural light.
According to the designer, the cupola did not
need to be moved or changed - save for a new coat
of paint and chandelier - but the challenge was in
making it not appear off-center with the new floor
plan. Although the team had to move the left wall
in the master bath, they kept the cupola centered
on the half round shower, and the addition of the
toilet room to the right of the shower helped keep
it balanced with the rest of the space.
"The homeowners gave me permission to close
up the cupola if it gave me problems, but I was
determined to keep it," said Valdez. "It provides
such beautiful natural light and is such a nice
architectural feature."
A pair of doors in the previous bathroom was
closed off for more function and because the designer didn't feel the space needed two entries.The
new 233-sq.-ft.master bath features a marble-look,

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