FORM, FUNCTION, AND A VIEW • For a Rhode Island vacation house, architect
Gale Goff designed a master bath that embodies the elegant simplicity of its setting
For the busy married couple, both profes- sionals, who recently built a vacation house in one of Rhode Island’s many seaside com- munities, time at their getaway home is about decompression. To that end, the serene spa-like master bathroom was made to order.
“What I like best about it is its size and the view,” says the
husband. It’s a view one can enjoy from the deep soaking tub
that sits prominently in front of two tall windows that overlook
the secluded 15-acre property. The tub plinth and surround
are made of a beautiful light-gray schist quarried in Ashfield,
Massachusetts. “It has an interesting grainy finish,” says architect Gale Goff of Newport, Rhode Island, who designed the
house, “but it has the consistency of granite.” The stone,
honed to a smooth finish, begs to be touched.
“Light is always important to me,” says the wife, who
appreciates the three 6-foot-high-by-3-foot-wide windows Goff
designed into the scheme. “It is extremely pleasant to be in
the space as the light changes throughout the day.”
architecture: gale goff architects
the grainy pattern
of the stone tub surround
is highlighted as sun
pours through the double
window behind it.