By Carolyn Weber.
After all of that entertaining, playing, working, and retreating, it's bedtime. Parents and children retire to separate wings of the house, and guests have their own private hideaway with a secluded courtyard.
The master suite is conveniently located adjacent to the home office and the spa. And the elegant master bathroom, with spacious separate closets and a safe room behind a camouflaged panel, is plenty big for two.
Just up the stairs from the kitchen and mudroom, the kids have their own spacious second-floor landing. It features two balconies and enough space for a large shelf and trophy case to show off awards and photographs.
Master of the House: The master suite is an intimate space, rather than an outlandish Vegas-style pad. Residents can enjoy the view of the golf course and mountains, a cozy fire in the fireplace, or watch the television housed in a custom wood cabinet from Collings Inc.
Super Soaker: The compartmentalized master bathroom has separate water closets and vanities for two. Neutral flooring and walls contrast with dark, rich, custom cabinetry repeated in the large walk-in closets. A luxurious Sok tub from Kohler is tucked into a nook.
With every bath unique, and special sound requirements, this master plumber had a full plate.
By Matthew Power
It's not everyday that Mike McGraw of Silver Star Plumbing puts a bath spout on the ceiling above a whirlpool tub, as he did in the HomeDestinations master bath. But that was just one of many custom plumbing features in this project.
"It was really like plumbing four houses at once," McGraw recalls. "[The builder] wanted shut-offs for each part of the house in the mechanical room--so you could shut off the wellness center, for example, without affecting the rest of the house."
McGraw and his crew of four spent about eight weeks on this job and took charge of gas lines as well as water supply and drainage.
"We did this project a lot like a commercial job," he says. "For example, we used stirrup hangers for drainage pipes and all cast-iron drainpipe on the second floor--to control sound. Because of the different levels of the rooms, we had to split the sewer into two sections and run one section of sewer pipe all the way out and around the house."
"There were really no drops in the house for pipe," McGraw adds. "So we had the truss guy come in and tell us where we could cut penetrations. And every bathroom had a different design. Faucets come from the walls, not the lavatories. It was challenging. Every drain has to be just right."