2014 CTC&G Innovation in Design Winners: Bath

2014 IDA Winner Bath: Brooks & Falotico Associates, Inc.

Winner: Brooks & Falotico Associates, Inc.
Organic materials create an elegant and tranquil escape

As part of a much-larger home expansion, a new master suite was designed to include a spacious bathroom and an elegant closet. The clients wanted a more organic and clean look for the inside of their 10-year-old shingle-style New Canaan home, according to project architect Louise Brooks.

In the bathroom, material inspiration includes concrete sinks and a luxurious gray Tyrrell & Laing Adoni tub. The freestanding composite stone tub finds a visual balance in the floating vanity made of cerused white oak. “And it provides ample storage without being too heavy,” says Brooks. Normandy gray limestone floor and backsplash plus Sienna Silver travertine shower tile reinforce the serene ambiance. A three-sided glass shower has two vertical stone piers at the corners that allow for soap niches and plumbing controls.

In addition to creating a calming master-bathroom escape, the homeowner requested secure storage for her extensive shoe collection. So, in the master dressing room, the shoe closet has mirrored walls, plus glass doors and shelves. White trim offsets the oak millwork of the closet and the adjoining rooms. Divided closet built-ins provide a subtle separation between “his” and “hers.”

The homeowners’ reaction to this fresh and clean space? “It’s their favorite place in the house,” says Brooks.


2014 IDA Winner Bath: Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects

Innovator 2: Pagliaro Bartels Sajda Architects
Old World solution perfectly combines with modern execution

A dramatic statement was called for in this symmetrical master bathroom with 16-foot cathedral ceilings and a wall of windows. The client’s love of blue, and the use of classic materials in a contemporary context, drove the innovative design. “The homeowner wanted a clean, modern room that was brighter and happier, but executed with classic materials,” says Christopher Pagliaro.

A large slab of blue Sodalite created jewelry for the walls in the form of an eyecatching backdrop. “When we walked into Everest Marble in Norwalk, she went up to the Sodalite immediately, and the decision was made,” says Pagliaro. After that, the choices of Glassos and Thassos were easy. “The balance of the finishes wanted to be pure white. We selected Glassos for the wall tile because of its available scale and for the countertops for its luster,” says Pagliaro. “We used Thassos mosaic for the shower because the scale is conducive to a wet surface, and we needed a material that was small enough to follow the organic curvature of the shower enclosure.”

To balance the tones of the room, strips of Sodalite customize the washstands, and dark stained wood frames the cabinetry. With a glorious view of Scott’s Cove outside and a spa-like aesthetic inside, the homeowner is thrilled with the result. As Pagliaro puts it: “It is alive and optimistic—not a bad way to start one’s day.”


2014 IDA Winner Bath: McGuire Home

Innovator 3: McGuire Home
A luxe master bathroom is designed as a light and airy aerie

When renovating a Greenwich Cape into a two-story shingle-style dream home, Gregory McGuire was charged with creating a light and airy master bathroom. “The homeowners wanted the entire second floor to be a master suite with exterior balconies wrapping all around,” notes McGuire. Capturing a view of an allée of pear trees, a freestanding Victoria + Albert tub was placed in front of a wall of custom windows flanked by French doors. Cabinetry topped with four inches of marble was designed by McGuire and manufactured by Hemmingway Custom Cabinetry. McGuire says the titanium drawer inserts “offer a litle something different.” 

A bench in the shower, also made of four-inch-thick Carrara marble, resembles an old-fashioned garden bench. A mosaic of AKDO Bardiglio and Carrara marble forms the intricate shower backdrop, which is reminiscent of falling water. “It looks like raindrops!” says McGuire. 

Waterworks sconces and Kallista fixtures offer the finishing touches. “My favorite detail is the garden bench in the shower, plus the Dior Gray ceiling in high lacquer and the Urban Archaeology light fixture,” says McGuire. “The homeowner’s favorite is the tub…and the windows.”


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