the double vanities, which seem to float above the basket-weave-pattern tile floor, required steel
supports rather than conventional studs in the wall to handle their weight. The tall linen closet, inset
with frosted glass, provides ample storage and, when backlit at night, casts a soft glow across the
room. The two mirrors in the center of the wall hide the medicine cabinets.
The 3-foot-by-4-foot shower/steam room
adjacent to the tub is tucked under an eave,
which allowed Goff to give it a dramatic sloping ceiling. Two walls of the stall are tiled, and
two are made of glass — frosted to a height
that ensures privacy then clear to the ceiling
to allow some of the amenities such as the
rain-style showerhead and the two glass light
fixtures to be seen. The stone tub surround
extends beneath the frosted glass to form a seat
for the shower, which comes in handy when
the steam feature is in use.
As stunning as the tub and shower are,
the simple double vanities that seem to float
above the floor on the opposite wall are a triumph of both minimalist design and hard-core
“There is steel structure behind the sinks
to hold the weight,” says Jake Talbot of Jacob
Talbot Inc., Fine Homebuilders in Adamsville,
Rhode Island, who built the house in 2008.
Even more challenging was the installation of the 2¼-inch-thick, 9½-foot-high pocket
doors on each side of the vanities.
“Those doors were probably the toughest
part of the whole project,” says Talbot. “It took
Photograph: Shelly Harrison Photography
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