This new master bath has sunlight, views, and easy access to the backyard.
Synopsis: Mark Bromley’s design for this new bath takes advantage of its setting. Large windows allow for views of the pool just outside and the mountains beyond, and a door provides access to the yard and an outdoor shower. Bromley shares four lessons from this bath: Choose focal points to drive the design, use colors and materials to achieve design goals, make the most of the space, and use the budget wisely.
Dan Cox and Casey Blanchard’s new home features a sophisticated master bath that’s clean, fresh, and uncluttered. In addition, it balances the elements that were most important to Dan and Casey. With views of the pool and the Adirondack Mountains to the south, and of Vermont’s third-highest mountain, Camel’s Hump, to the east, the bath has a solid connection to the outdoors and is filled with natural light. Casey, an artist, brought together the colors, textures, and decor that make this room special, while allowing the main attraction to be what lies outside. (And for those times when a view isn’t enough, the bath has an exterior door with an outdoor shower just outside.) As a collaboration involving Casey and her architect friend Jim Sanford, the team at Leach Construction, and my partner Ben Bush and me, it’s hard to say who designed this master bath. Yet given the magnificent landscape around the home, I’d say the bath was designed just as it should have been.
Four takeaways from a beautiful bath
1. Choose focal points to drive the design.
Focal points in a bath often include the cabinetry, a decorative tub, or an elegant shower. Those are definitely the intended indoor showpieces of this bath. But the main focal point is outside. South- and east-facing windows and a glass door…