previous
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
next
Pin It

The Stay-at-Home Spa

Splurging on an exuberant master bath was a lifestyle choice for a busy professional couple

Tom and Denise wanted to tear off the deck on their house and replace it with a patio. They also harbored a desire to one day have a master bath that would allow them to escape from the stress of their careers as a doctor and a nurse. After initial conversations with architect Rob Brennan, they realized that now was the time to remodel the bath. In this article, Brennan describes the project Tom and Denise hired him to design, which is not so much a master bath as a master retreat. He began with a two-story addition that includes the master bath on the second floor and a sitting room and fireplace below. A staircase connects the two floors and allows guests to use the master retreat without going through the bedroom. The master bath includes four distinct areas that orbit a spacious circulation area: a vanity, a tub, a shower, and a sauna that Tom and his son built from a kit. The new patio includes a hot tub and an outdoor fireplace. This project represents a trend that Brennan has been noticing: empty-nesters and midcareer homeowners personalizing their homes for their current lifestyles and for life changes in the future.

The Stay-at-Home Spa

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More