23rd Annual Bath Contest Winners
23rd Annual Bath Contest
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
West Architecture Studio
A sleek, spa-like bath is packed with ingenuity and visual panache
Equal parts function and imagination, this master bath by architect Scott West blurs the lines between outdoors and in, accomplished by letting walls of Ipe wood and slate extend from the bath to the home’s exterior. Taking inspiration from his client’s experiences at high-end hotels, West dreamed up a concept reminiscent of three-dimensional art. “The design approach was more that each wall, plane and element in the architectural composition be treated as an object floating in 3-D space,” says West. “The interstitial spaces become the windows, as opposed to the more obvious design approach of creating a standard room ‘box’ to which the windows are simply applied and interior elements placed within.” West was so committed to his vision, in fact, that when the tight budget meant the Ipe wood was going to be replaced with a less-expensive substitute, the architect offered to install bands of the South American wood himself so as not to go over budget.
West Architecture Studio, 614 Irwin St., Atlanta 30312. (404) 222-0962; westarchitecture.com SINK FAUCET & TUB FILLER Moen BATHTUB Duravit SHOWER FAUCETS Hudson Reed VANITY/SINK Custom designed by West Architecture Studio VANITY TOP FABRICATION Marmi Natural Stone CABINETRY FABRICATION Joe Disharoom/Custom Kitchen Solutions MIRROR Custom designed by West Architecture Studio, fabricated by A&R Welding PENDANT LIGHTS Possini Euro WINDOW TREATMENTS Catherine Cocke Interiors SHOWER WALL MARBLE Dal-Tile LOW WALL MOSAIC Porcelanosa
23rd Annual Bath Contest
A twist on classic design elements delivers an elegant escape of a bygone era
Although simplicity takes center stage in this beautifully designed master bath by Barbara Westbrook, the designer creates plenty of intrigue. Subtle variations in scale—from the petite floor tile to the oversized limestone baseboards to the tall marble surrounds—give the minimalistic space an understated allure. Other posh details include custom iron doors and windows that reflect the home’s charming Early American exterior, as does the pewter-like finish on the plumbing fixtures. “The house has a very timeless feel and it was important to create that same look in here while also being very fresh,” Westbrook says. A crisp black-and-white color palette is at once classic and modern, while a luxurious soaking tub from Waterworks, presiding in one corner of the octagonal floor plan, harkens to a simpler time by giving the homeowners a place to pause and take in the breathtaking view of the property’s pool and gardens.
Westbrook Interiors, 2991 Hardman Court, Atlanta 30305. (404) 355-9430; westbrook interiors.com ARCHITECTURE Keith Summerour SCONCES Design Lighting Group BELL LANTERN Ainsworth-Noah & Associates CABINET KNOBS Etoile by Waterworks TOWEL Yves Delorme GLASS TOWEL BARS Urban Archeology COUNTERTOPS Walker Zanger BATH ACCESSORIES Waterworks
23rd Annual Bath Contest
Mark Williams Design Associates
Smart solutions add modern flair to a historic home’s aging bath
When the homeowners of a historic 1920s Neil Reed-designed home approached Mark Williams Design Associates for a master bath renovation, the cabinets were literally at their breaking point. In much need of repair and aesthetic attention, Mark Williams first tackled the issue of space—or lack thereof. “It’s an unusual, long and narrow space by today’s standards, but was probably considered a really ample master bath during its original era,” he explains. To maximize the perception of space, a custom vanity with exposed nickel plumbing was designed to increase the visible floor area. Also adding some dimension, and providing a solution to the lack of vanity storage, are mirror-clad recessed medicine cabinets against a backsplash of polished stainless steel with a mirror finish. To both divide and soften the space, two custom drapery rods were mounted to the ceiling; one defines the bathing area and supports the shower curtain while the second cleverly conceals the commode.
Mark Williams Design Associates, 659 Auburn Ave., Atlanta 30312. (678) 539-6886; markwilliams-design.com CUSTOM VANITY AND STORAGE CABINET Karpaty Cabinets LLC COUNTERTOP AND TUB SURROUNDS Marmi Natural Stone SHOWER TILE American Olean WALLCOVERING Madras Silk by MDC Wallcovering SCONCES & RECESSED MEDICINE CABINETS Renaissance Tile & Bath FAUCETS, SINKS & ACCESSORIES Waterworks BATHTUB Duravit through Renaissance Tile & Bath DRAPERY FABRICATION Bazzuro Designs
23rd Annual Bath Contest
Light & Bright
An awkward and outdated bath is reimagined with modern charm
The homeowners of a dated ranch home asked Terracotta Properties for a little magic when it came to the renovation of their pint-sized master bath. “The first thing we needed to do was re-orient the location of things because it was unsightly to walk in the door and immediately see the commode,” recalls Ili Nilsson of her firm’s design approach. Space from an adjacent closet was absorbed to relocate the commode, which effectively provided the space for a dual vanity from IKEA. Next came cosmetic relief. A backdrop of floor-to-ceiling smoky-gray glass tile provides visual drama and the perception of depth, while clean-lined, light-reflecting materials—such as Venatino marble on the floor and shower walls—create the illusion of an open and airy bath, despite the room’s small footprint. Carrying out the unfussy aesthetic are frameless mirrors, minimal chrome accessories and a clear globe pendant.
TerraCotta Properties, 403 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. (404) 377-0906; terracottaproperties.com VANITY IKEA VANITY CHROME LEGS Ferrous Hardware FAUCET Hansgrohe SHOWER FIXTURES Delta Arzo Collection LIGHTING West Elm and Robert Abbey
About the Judges
Kenneth Lynch is a graduate of the Architectural School at the University of Virginia. He is a licensed professional who is registered in the states of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey, and accredited with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. His firm, Kenneth Lynch & Associates, Inc., is a full-service residential architecture firm with expertise in the design and renovation of fine residences. Established in 1986, the firm has achieved an outstanding reputation for its architectural design dedicated to enduring style, attention to detail and strong client relationships. Their work stretches along the East Coast, including Atlanta’s upscale neighborhoods of Buckhead, Brookhaven and Ansley Park; Georgia’s Rabun County; Islands of theBahamas; and up to New York City’s Midtown and surrounds.
Melanie Millner received her degree in interior design from the University of Texas–Austin in 1990. She established The Design Atelier, Inc. in 1993 and has since worked on corporate and residential projects, both nationally and internationally. Her projects have been featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Better Homes & Gardens and The Atlanta Business Chronicle. She has received ASID Design Excellence Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Millner has served on the board of ASID for the past two years.
Tim Odom is an award-winning Master Kitchen & Bath Designer. Odom’s company, Kitchen + Bath Artisans, is a full-service design firm specializing in, but not limited to, kitchen and bath design. This offers clients architectural, interior design and consultation services for residential and commercial projects. In the past 27 years, Odom has designed over 500 kitchens, ranging from modest to high-end and traditional to modern. His client list includes Fortune 500 executives, celebrities, families and individuals from coast to coast. Odom’s Atlanta studio serves the Southeast while a second studio in Sonoma, California, is being planned to serve clients in northern California. His work has been featured in many lifestyle and trade publications, as well as regional showcase homes.
Matthew Rao began his career in 1988 as a modernist pioneer in a staunchly traditional Southern environment. He has gracefully succeeded and impacted the course of design–not just in kitchens, but in architecture and lifestyle, as well–in Atlanta and across the nation. His design and construction framework is widely recognized for a keenly honed ethic of peak service and professionalism. Rao’s ability to draw from a reservoir of personal spiritual practice and a stance of global citizenry facilitates rich relationships with clients and ensures experiential satisfaction with his designs and processes.Rao’s design legacy is fueled by architectural, artistic, social and eco-centric passions for farm-to-school food initiatives, great kitchens for low-income housing, public transportation, art, photography, travel and expert skiing. Rao was awarded the grand prize in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ 2010 Kitchen of the Year competition.
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