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bath: private time

Pardo continues his quest for both privacy and openness in the master suite upstairs.

bath: private time

Pardo continues his quest for both privacy and openness in the master suite upstairs.

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    Mosaic glass tiles cover the linear bathing areas in the master bath. Their random pattern enlivens the otherwise subdued hues. Other materials, including bamboo floors and birch cabinets, mimic the kitchen palette.

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    Other materials, including bamboo floors and birch cabinets, mimic the kitchen palette.

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Pardo continued his quest for both privacy and openness in the master suite upstairs. He says he typically positions master baths on the outside wall to protect bedrooms from exterior noise. Once inside this suite, however, there's very little separating the sleeping and bathing space, and yet the two coexist peacefully.

A three-sided, floor-to-ceiling toilet enclosure serves as the bath's core. Twin vanities hang from a partition wall, and their side-mounted faucets help trim the depth of the countertop for more clearance around the bath and shower. On the far side of the wood-clad stall, full-length mirrors reflect the doors of his-and-hers custom-built wardrobes. Together, the mirrors and millwork transform this part of the bath into a discreet dressing area.

Pardo repeated many of his kitchen design choices here. Long, narrow windows placed high on the exterior walls let in light while maintaining decorum. A trio of skylights also helps bring sunlight into the center of the room. Gray, solid-surface countertops run the length of the vanity, and pale plywood wraps the water closet and the room's cabinetry. Bamboo flooring stretches unobstructed from bath to master bedroom to convey a sense of one continuous space.

The architect did deviate from the kitchen palette in one key way: variegated mosaic glass tiles surrounding the tub and shower add a splash of color to the otherwise sedate space.