Date: August 15, 2013 | Story: Rosemary Hallmark | Styling: Rosemary Hallmark |
Architectural detail and a handful of thoughtful materials combine to create a minimalist master bathroom in Fayetteville
When Mona and Tom Jones were introduced to 3GD Inc. co-founders Rich Brya and Porter Winston in 2001, they were also introduced to a new and refreshing contemporary aesthetic that fit their lifestyle perfectly. Twelve years and two houses later, they haven’t looked back. The couple’s current dwelling sits atop a hillside in Fayetteville with idyllic views and lots of privacy—a perfect setting for an open, light-filled master bathroom.
“They wanted the master bath to be luxurious and private,” says Rich Brya, principal architect at 3GD Inc., who teamed up with interior designer Andrea Cornwell of iSpace LLC for the project. Having worked with the Joneses on two previous homes, Brya knew the couple preferred a clean look with lots of natural light. Skylights filter sunlight into all parts of the bathroom, while an expansive window allows for views of both the abundant wildlife and the thoughtful architectural lines and mahogany siding of the home. “It’s not an outdoor shower, but it has that feel,” Brya explains.
A wet room houses the bathtub and an open shower space, which features a multi-spray showerhead. “My husband calls it the ‘carwash’ shower because of all the sprayers,” Jones laughs. Cornwell chose gray honed tiles by Ann Sacks for the shower walls and tub surround, which add sleek sophistication and echo the mahogany siding outside. “Here, the interior and exterior of the home are congruent,” Byra explains. “It’s a self-referential design in that you look out the window and see the design on the outside of the house and it flows with the design of the inside.”
The wet room is divided from the rest of the bathroom by a large glass wall, which allows light from the windows and skylights to carry over to the countertop and vanity area. Here, Cornwell used polished Carrara marble and honed matchstick tiles from Ann Sacks to mimic the shower tiles on a smaller scale. Chrome fixtures, glass vessel sinks and matte chrome hardware combine for a polished overall effect. In addition to double sinks, the his-and-hers upper corner cabinets on either side of the vanity open on both sides and have outlets for appliances, keeping cords and clutter off the countertops.
Though Jones loves the functionality of her master bath, she says her favorite part is the abundant natural light. “I love the lightness of the entire room and its simplicity,” she says. “It’s clean, harmonious and beautiful.”
Architect and general contractor 3GD Inc., Rogers, (479) 636-5550, 3gdinc.com
Interior design Andrea Cornwell, iSpace LLC, Fayetteville, (479) 521-7657, ispacedesigners.com
Cabinets, millwork 3GD Inc., Rogers, (479) 636-5550, 3gdinc.com
Countertops Petersen Granite & Marble LLC, Huntsville, (479) 665-2191, petersengranite.com
Fresh floral Tipton Hurst, Conway, (501) 329-6663, Little Rock, (501) 666-3333, North Little Rock, (501) 753-0709, tiptonhurst.com
Mirrors Abram’s Glass, Springdale, (479) 750-0042, abramsglass.com
Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, sherwin-williams.com
Tile, fixtures—light and plumbing iSpace LLC, Fayetteville, (479) 521-7657, ispacedesigners.com