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Master bathroom makeup vanity, white cabinetry with linen tower closet, glass doors, mable countertop, makeup mirror, glass knobs, soakin tub

Master Bath Retreat

Fire Damage 

A gutted bathroom becomes a relaxing Retreat.

Swampscott, Massachusett - 2015

Before + After

When the owners suffered a fire with extensive water damage, they were forced into fully gutting their four floor condo. Facing a near “blank slate” situation, the owners chose to embrace the opportunity to redesign some of the troublesome spaces in their home, including the master bath.

When the owners first discussed the renovation of their bathroom, they each had separate priorities. One, presented photos of cabinetry she had fallen in love with and also wanted to incorporate a linen storage and a make-up vanity area that the former bathroom lacked. The other focused their attention on the new steam shower they had always longed for.
The pièce de résistance would be free standing tub and rain head shower, which would all be housed in the new enclosed steam room. A retreat where one could have a steam and soak!


While the owners had sketched ideas for the space, they felt it wasn’t quite right. With double sinks, a vanity area, linen tower and toilet along the same wall, the large room felt off balanced.

To complicate the layout, the skylight and sloped ceiling opposite the plumbing wall created an odd barrier for configuring the space. 
Through conversations with the owners about their ideas we created priority criteria. With that in mind, it was proposed to separate out the function load of the plumbing wall.
The make-up area and linen tower were brought to one side of the skylight, capitalizing on the natural light. Tough efficient on space, the area would now be almost entirely devoted to the new dressing area.
Working with a custom cabinet builder to incorporate the details of the cabinets they loved, in a manner that fit their space, the star of the show, the steam shower was now framed by the two banks of cabinetry. 
The shower is fitted with rain head, speakers, interior lights, dual niches and a Steamist digital steam system.

Project Team


General Contractor:

Damiana Design + Project Management

Red Phoenix Construction, Inc.

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