Beautiful Baths

Seamless Addition

A new master bath proves to be the perfect accessory for a historic home.

WHEN THE OWNERS OF THIS MOUNTAIN BROOK RESIDENCE approached Alex and Jeannie Krumdieck about renovating their home, they gave the architects two challenges: Restore the old house to its former glory (it was vacant for almost a decade), and create a seamless addition that would update it for today’s living. Of utmost importance to the project was a new master bath. The result is a roomy, light-filled space with classic character and modern amenities. “The aesthetic qualities inherent in the residence were subtly reinforced in the details of the addition, capturing the home’s past while giving it relevance in the present, ” Alex says.


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1 Heated Floors Radiant floor heating chases away chills and warms toes on cold winter mornings.  “It’s my favorite thing in the entire bathroom, ” says the homeowner.

2 Light and Bright The homeowner wanted an all-white, crisp design. To achieve that look, the Krumdiecks used the same Carrara marble, cut in varying sizes, throughout the room. Walls and cabinets were painted white to match the marble.

3 Smart Details The room’s design is not only beautiful but also functional. A special request of the homeowner: recessed niches in the shower, with a bottom nook just the right height for her foot to rest while shaving.

4 Quality Cabinets Aaron Lane built the cabinets with furniture-style features (look at the feet!). The center tower makes linens easy to access, while plentiful drawer space allows for organized toiletries.

5 Picture Perfect A slipper tub sits at an angle to show off its ornate feet and pretty nickel hardware. “If you have a tub this beautiful, you don’t want to hide it, ” the homeowner says.


architects and interiors: Krumdieck A+I Design 205.324.9669 • cabinets: Aaron Lane Woodworking 205.337.2811 • tile: Crossville Tile & Stone 205.987.3617 • faucets and fixtures: VW Gallerie 205.324.9521 • lighting: Circa Lighting cabinet hardware: Restoration Hardware paint color: Decorator White Benjamin Moore

Soaking in
the Sights

Formerly a porch, this bathroom takes advantage of a grand brick arch to relish the view.

IN ITS PAST LIFE, THIS SPACE WAS A PORCH that offered exquisite views of the wooded landscape—a spot to relax and rejuvenate. So what better place to create a bathroom with the same intentions? Architects Tom Adams and Adam Gerndt of Adams-Gerndt Design Group knew right away that the expansive brick arch of the original porch was too beautiful to do away with, so they chose to work with it. The arch-turned-picture-window ultimately became the inspiration for the sleek, industrial design of the entire space.


1 Picture Window One step into this guest bath, and you may never want to leave. A soaking tub strategically placed by the wall-sized window means long baths with unobstructed views—the epitome of relaxation.

2 Double Vanities No guest bath is complete without double vanities. Placed on opposite walls, they create a pleasing symmetry that complements the window focal point.

3 Industrial Finishes With exposed brick walls, this bathroom was a natural candidate for more modern, streamlined finishes. Urban-inspired lighting and sleek chrome faucets  maintain the industrial style.

4 Made for Guests The end result of the project is a bathroom that feels more like a retreat at a resort. What better way to literally, and figuratively, bathe guests in luxury?


architects: Tom Adams and Adam Gerndt of Adams Gerndt Design Group 205.939.1113 • cabinets: custom countertops: Triton Stone 205.592.0202 • tile: Triton Stone faucets and fixtures: Kohler VW GALLERIE 205.324.9521 • lighting: Visual Comfort & Co. cabinet hardware: Brandino Brass 205.978.8900 • tub: Cheviot Products

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Bathing Beauty

Previously a study, this master bath becomes a place for relaxation instead of work.


1 Color Play Soothing hues of gray add to the serene surroundings in this bath retreat. Swirls of the color in the  tile and countertop complement  the clean lines of the solid-colored vanity.

2 Smart Shelving Storage can be beautiful, as evidenced in a sleek row of shelving to the left of the tub. Tucked into a corner, the shelves blend seamlessly into the decor and offer convenient access to towels and other necessities.

3 Modern Art The importance of artistic elements in a space should never be overlooked, even in a bathroom.  A dramatic piece of art with an unexpected pop of color serves as the focal point of the wall. The interesting stump table combines good looks with functionality.

4 Classic Style Meets Modern Details make the difference, and in this case those details step out of the modern décor boundaries a bit. Traditional basketweave tile nicely complements sleek rectangular cuts of marble in the shower. By keeping the two styles in the same color family, they play well together.

5 Separate Identities What could be more luxurious in a master retreat that having a separate tub and shower? This spacious, box-shaped tub overlooks a garden of Japanese maples, adding to the zen-like serenity of this bath. The adjacent shower offers ample space as well, while taking advantage of the same window vista.


design: Jan Ware Designs, LLC 205.585.7891 vanity: Simpson Homes and Interiors 205.229.3364 hardware: Architectural Hardware Supply 205.323.4641 countertops: Stone Concepts LLC 205.836.6425 artwork: Rebecca Tully Fulmer, Gallery 1930 205.870.1930 • side table: Suite Dreams 205.414.1922 • faucets and fixtures: Visual Comfort through Jan Ware Designs, LLC tub: Zuma Collection

Inspired Design

Renovated to bring in light and space, a Homewood bath now reflects the homeowners’ style and includes every amenity.

PAM AND ANTHONY DIPIAZZA WERE TIRED OF THEIR OUTDATED MASTER BATH. They had lived in it long enough to know exactly what they wanted in a renovation—more space and more light. Designer Mary Rooney met those requests—and more. “We installed a custom leaded-glass window to bring in natural light, ” says Mary. She then replaced the cabinet and tub and also enlarged the shower. Luxurious touches such as a waterfall faucet in the tub and multiple body sprays in the shower complete the room.

The only thing the homeowners kept: the colorful striped walls.


interior design: Mary Rooney Interior Dimensions 205.305.1915 • [email protected] faucets and fixtures:  VW GALLERIE 205.324.9521 • tile: Robert F. Henry Tile Co. 205.592.8615; and Crossville Tile & Stone; 205.987.3617 • marble slabs: Triton Stone; 205.592.0202 • cabinets: Custom Mary Rooney Interior Dimensions and Village Woodworks, LLC leaded-glass window: Infinite Design Concepts 205.948.5989

Photography by Jean Allsopp

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