The Solution: A Western-Inspired Master Suite Built for Aging In Place
Making the master bedroom a cozy, rustic retreat
Our clients wanted their master bedroom to give them a sense of coziness and warmth. The original floorplan made the room feel cavernous — high ceilings echoed every sound, and the room sprawled with wasted space. First, we lowered the ceilings and replaced the wide, arched windows with tall, narrow ones that still flooded the room with light but offered more privacy. We installed oak beams across the ceiling to capture the rough-hewn atmosphere our clients so love about their Colorado retreat.
We brought the interior wall in a little to create a more relaxed and comforting space. We built a new fireplace with a stained white oak surround, topping the firebox with a weathered-beam mantel to echo the rustic vibe of the ceiling beams. Forged metal accents on the fireplace screen and candelabra chandelier bring additional depth and texture to the intimacy of the new space.
One of our favorite features of this master suite renovation is the stunning hand-crafted zinc door by our partner Zincsmith of Anderson, IN. Hanging the door required detailed planning and preparation. We began by squaring up an angled wall, widening the space between the bedroom and bath. In order to support the heavy door and allow it to move smoothly and easily on its rail, we added structural support behind the wall. The zinc-wrapped wood will form a natural patina over time, bringing out even more of its rustic beauty.
Future-proofing the master bath — with rugged style
With the space afforded by scaling down the bedroom to a more intimate size, we were able to reconfigure the master bathroom to increase not only its beauty but also its accessibility. We doubled the size of the walk-in shower, reinforcing its walls to install grab bars. Multiple Brizio shower heads in a rich, Venetian Bronze echo the fixtures throughout the room, and a niche wall running the entire length of the back wall and surfaced with Island Stone pebbles keeps bath products within easy reach. Graphite-colored porcelain tiles help hold and radiate heat from the shower, and the pebbled treatment is repeated on the floor to reduce the possibility of slipping.
Our partners at Nathan Allen Design crafted a gorgeous vanity using stained walnut. We used the same material and stain for the wall behind it, mounting mirrors using smaller versions of the sliding rails used to hang the zinc door. Natural quartzite forms the countertop, and drop-in stone sinks add heft to the design. Hand-forged cabinet hardware provide a one-of-a-kind touch, with no two pieces exactly alike.