Design & Construction
out the project, especially in the bath renovation, where a structural beam unexpectedly
needed to be added. A “
walking encyclopedia of materials information,” according to
John Comaroff, Gutierrez, who
is also a licensed architect, was
a welcomed collaborator who even made sure
that art was hung just so.
The bath’s white oak flooring, tub surround, and cabinetry warm the serene space.
Painted white wood paneling on the walls and
ceiling and flat ring pulls for hardware give the
room has a nautical feel, which is enhanced
by storage squeezed into unexpected places,
including the tub surround and wall.
In the end, the Comaroffs got what
they’d hoped for — light and repose, a sense
of peacefulness, and a space that reflects
their eclectic existence.
“We lead busy lives, but we also like
a sense of quiet and solitude at home. The
house is such a contrast to our lives outside
these walls,” says John. “Cape Town is the
most beautiful place in the world, and to
come back to America was always very diffi-
cult — we would want to get right back on the
plane. But this house makes it wonderful.”
the dressing gallery opens
to the bright master bath (above),
which features white-oak floors and
floating cabinetry as well as painted
white wood wall paneling. A
skylight over the soaking tub (left)
fills the room with light; extra
storage areas were carved out of the
tub surround and wall, maximizing
use of space.