THIS SONORAN DESERT MASTER BATH OFFERS UNIQUE AND INTERESTING SURPRISES
Written by Carolyn M. Runyon
In an upscale gated community near Phoenix sits a magnificent home with innumerable custom touches, lovely charming views of the Sonoran Desert, and probably the most unusual luxury master bath ever imagined.
When the owners o this home reached out to Friedman & Shields for an interior design, they were looking for an extremely open feel with a quiet elegance and a calm, almost Zen-like element.
The windows are numerous and enormous, and the views are spectacular. There is a towering glass and water art form in front of the corner windows that is etched with gentle rounded shapes to reflect the desert dunes and practically becomes a part of the landscape because of its translucency. Interestingly, this object d’ art performs an extremely functional use and, in reality, becomes a part of nature indoors. The 11-foot-high, 32-inch-wide, custom-created glass-paneled waterfall serves as the urinal.
Friedman and her partner, Traci Shields, were intrigued with this novel solution to a very practical need.
Beams researched what was needed to make the idea work, and the team hired a fabricator to create the finished product. The sensor can be overridden by a wall switch to ensure proper use. The two pieces of glass switch to ensure proper use. The two pieces of glass needed special support because of their weight, so Beams suspended them from a cutout in the ceiling and then set them above the tray, holding large chunks of mined glass, which leads to the floor drain.
A urinal with a view, this fully functional water feature became the focal point of the master bath.
The huge indoor tub is the largest indoor round tub available and fills from the ceiling down. The lavish tub is partially enclosed in a rounded windowed shelter, and the steps are encased in onyx. The onyx offers a dramatic contrast to the simple stone floors and the subtle caramel creme color of the Venetian plaster walls throughout this beautiful master retreat.
The walk-in shower is enormous with an extravagant variety of shower and therapeutic fixtures. There are built in storage nooks and a built-in bench with a handheld shower head. Again, the lush patterned onyx tiles offer drama against the understated floor tiles. A glass door, again etched for privacy, leads from the indoor shower to an outdoor shower and the pool area.
The sink cabinets were custom done with a painted surface that was dry brushed with stain to create an exceptional richness and depth. The overhead lighting fixture sits in front of the mirror over the sink cabinets, and its reflection and the reflection of the corner windows in this large mirror contribute to the openness and light of the room. There are two toilet rooms with extraordinary glass doors etched in an Asian grid pattern – again offering privacy, yet openness.
Despite the drama and sumptuousness of this bath, however, there is a simplicity and a soothing quality to the room because of the integration of the nature outdoors with the subtle colors, textures, and natural components indoors. The quarried stone floor; the onyx, the use of flowing water in the urinal, tub, and shower; the glass etchings – all combine to mimic nature and bring a feeling of peace and unity with the earth.