1 stair 2 laundry room 3 closet 4 master bath 5 master bedroom 6 office
second floor, master wing
CONNECTING THE MASTER bedroom
(a) and bathroom (b) with the walk-in
closet (c) that has a door to the hallway
(d) meets the homeowners’ request to
allow an early riser to get up and ready
and out without re-entering the bedroom
or disturbing his/her partner. The
attention to their personal details
continues in the bathroom’s furnishings,
dual sinks (e), curbless walk-in shower (f),
soaking tub (g), and sauna (h).
trast with the texture of the rough-sawn pine ceiling.
The kitchen is open to a living/dining area, creating an inviting
great room. The space is plenty big enough for parties or visits from
extended family, but it’s also comfortable when it’s just the family
hanging out. “It’s a great entertaining space,” says Eric Hill, principal
at Brookes + Hill Custom Builders Inc. of Lexington, general contractor
for the project. “It’s very open and engaging,” he says, but if the family
is hosting a large party and turning the kitchen over to caterers, anodized aluminum and semitranslucent plastic doors can slide across the
width of the room and effectively close off the space.
Oversize windows and doors connect the great room to the ter-
race and gardens outside. Landscape architect Greg Bilowz of Bilowz
Associates Inc. in Sterling, Massachusetts, worked with the owners,
who enjoy gardening, to create the landscape plan. “Planting is really a
dynamic medium,” says Bilowz, who introduced plant varieties such as
Chinese witch hazel, azaleas, and mountain laurels as well as stonework
and multiple patios. Together, he and the owners considered details
such as the placement of peonies with an eye to how they will blossom
over the next few years.