Troy Adams describes the client for this Los Angeles master bath remodel as “a dream customer” who gave him carte blanche to create a “cool spalike concept that was also masculine.” Taking his client's words to heart, Adams centered the room on a stainless Japanese-style soaking tub that appears to float within a shallow, pebble-filled pond. A freestanding wall with a cascading waterfall behind the tub screens an open shower and fills the pond. A teak bridge connects through a window wall to a stunning cliffside view of Hollywood in the valley below. Adams says the bridge feels like walking the plank, as it culminates in the vertiginous vista.

The 500-square-foot room's pleasing medley of materials is one of Adams' trademarks. His fondness for exotic natural woods warmly balances his equal attraction to slick stainless steel and the contemporary feel of abundant glass. In addition to the glass-walled shower and fixed windows, a large panel of glass backs the double vanity, allowing light to be shared between bath and hallway. With the flick of a switch, the panel transforms from opaque to translucent, granting complete privacy or a titillating glimpse of forms and movement inside the bath.

Adams’ geometric design incorporates spartan details, including heavy mullions in the glass wall behind the vanity (left) and a window on the opposite wall (above) that was cut to match the size and shape of the wall sections. Cantilevered shelves, horizontal-grain cabinetry, and a long, low toilet bench (far left) complete the look.

Adams’ geometric design incorporates spartan details, including heavy mullions in the glass wall behind the vanity (left) and a window on the opposite wall (above) that was cut to match the size and shape of the wall sections. Cantilevered shelves, horizontal-grain cabinetry, and a long, low toilet bench (far left) complete the look.

Credit: Douglas Hill

designer/general contractor: Troy Adams, Troy Adams Design, West Hollywood, Calif.

electrician: Jose Campos, Los Angeles

millwork: John Galbraith, Los Angeles

stonemason: Tony Flores, FM Tile & Marble, Los Angeles

resources: custom lavatory: Julien; plumbing fixtures: Diamond Spas, Duravit USA, Hansgrohe (Axor), and Neo-Metro