Room Envy: Transforming this Poncey-Highland attic space into a master bath awash in light

With the upstairs window looking at a tree canopy, architect Roger DeWeese gave the bath a treehouse feel

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Room envy

Photograph by Emily Followill

Making the most of a 1920s Poncey-Highland house, architect Roger DeWeese tapped into unused attic space to create a spacious master bath. “We exposed existing dormers and recycled salvaged windows to maximize light and headroom,” he says. “Since the upstairs windows look directly into a tree canopy, we made it a modern ‘treehouse’ experience.”

Wood works
Attic spaces often have exposed wood, so DeWeese played off that look with wood planking on the walls and ceiling.

Disappearing act
A floating vanity (“Kole” by Porcelanosa) and frameless shower door add an ethereal quality. The architect intentionally chose LED lights and forewent an overhead fixture for simplicity.

Subtle accent
A wall of white glazed mosaic tiles (“Shogun” by Soli) adds texture while suiting the clean-lined look.

Natural vibe
Flooring in a weathered-gray hue has the warm look homeowner Tom Jung prefers, but the planks are actually porcelain tiles by Ann Sacks that withstand moisture.

Nice nook
Custom cubbies between the sink and shower can hold towels and other bath items. A mirrored medicine cabinet keeps the vanity clutter-free with its hidden space for toiletries.

Tip
DeWeese used a perennial favorite—Benjamin Moore “White Dove”—on walls and ceiling. “White is popular in bathrooms because it gives a clean and bright impression,” he says, “but you need to add some wood tones for contrast.”

This article appears in our March 2019 issue.

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