The open floor plans so commonly seen in homes' public living spaces in recent years are finding their way into private areas as well. Master suites in particular are shedding their distinct bed, bath, and closet borders and morphing into single, seamless spaces. Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, continues the trend with this Washington, D.C., remodel.

Cool marble flooring signals the transition from bedroom to bathing/dressing area, setting the stage for multiple lush materials that “bring warmth and life to the entire space,” Gurney says. Front and center in this opulent bath is a white oak soaking tub with an ergonomically curved interior tucked into a boxy package. The tub's rectilinear lines are echoed in the rectangular column that encloses the pipes and connects the tub to a square shower. A trough sink links dual wall-mounted faucets, and a long, linear mirror reflects rays from the slot skylight above the vanity.

Gurney used the room's rigorous geometry to articulate circulation paths and establish a relaxing sense of order. Repeating the same rich materials throughout the room underpins the calm ambience. The white oak tub, for example, takes its cue from the sleeping area's oak floors, which match oak panels behind the vanity's floating mirror. The marble vanity matches the bathroom floor, and its wenge cabinetry reappears across the room in floor-to-ceiling wardrobes. “We transformed the way the whole master suite works,” Gurney says, “and it makes all the spaces feel better.”

architect: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Alexandria, Va.
general contractor: Horsman Homes, Frederick, Md.
cabinetmaker: Burgers Cabinet Shop, Herndon, Va.
resources: bathtub: Agape; ceramic tile: Dal-Tile Corp.; fittings and accessories: Vola A/S; light fixtures: Artemide U.S.A., BEGA/US, Lightolier, Tango Lighting