with the door to the bathroom at left, the view from the large wooden tub is of the double mahogany
vanities topped with cool-green Costa Esmerelda marble and the generous-size shower beyond.
The shower wall is faced in a single slab of the same marble.
The homeowners wanted to create rooms
with clean lines and fluidity, and with strong
references to Asian, Shaker, and Arts and Crafts
design; when the wife was in her early 20s, she
had visited Japan and developed a fondness for
Japanese soaking tubs. Now she saw the opportunity to incorporate one into her new home.
“The focus was on natural materials and
simple detailing,” says MacNeille. However,
creating for the homeowners a Cape Ann–style
house that fit in with the regional vernacular but
featured modern amenities and generously sized
bathing areas was a bit of a puzzle.
“The house is designed to be reminiscent of
Cape Ann architecture,” says MacNeille. “It has
a low, sweeping roofline, and the bathrooms are
in the roof plane. The challenge was making sure
we had enough space for them.” The solution
was to house the bathrooms in two double-wide
dormers specially designed for the purpose, with
banks of windows that bring in light.
The guest bathroom features a Japanese-style soaking tub with a pattern-grade American
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