bath written by nancy humphrey case • photographed by carolyn bates • styled by terri gregory
OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE • A master bathroom offers up relaxed vantage
points on the Vermont mountains and ponds
ANYONE WHO HAS GONE FOR A DIP in a swimming hole, enjoyed an outdoor shower at a beach house, or stood under a waterfall in an exotic locale knows the pleasures of bathing in the great outdoors. Itis amystery, then, why we closet ourselves
in small bathrooms with tiny windows. Not so for Milford
Cushman of Cushman Design Group in Stowe, Vermont,
and his clients, who formed the rationale of master bathroom
as living space, both generous in size and flooded with
light and views.
“This house is about celebrating a connection with
architectural design: cushman design group
the outdoors,” Cushman says of the contemporary house
he designed for a mountaintop site in northern Vermont.
His clients “appreciated that the bathroom would not be
excluded from that quality.”
The owners say that Cushman understood what kinds of
spaces nurture their well-being and that the master bathroom
reflects that sensibility. It has nearly the same dimensions as
the master bedroom — 13 feet by 16 feet — and just as much
window area, which makes perfect sense to them.
“When you’re in the bedroom, you’re sleeping,” the
wife says. “When you’re in the bathroom, you’re awake, alive,
doing things. This bathroom is a wonderful room to be in
together in the morning.” In warm weather, birdsong or the
like every other room
in this mountaintop
house, the master bath
celebrates the home’s
place in the landscape.
The deep tub from
Sunrise Specialty invites
an unhurried soaking up
of sunlight and views.