The owner of this 90-year-old, shingle-style beach house wanted a remodeled bath that felt light and contemporary, yet in context with the home’s existing architecture—which included plenty of natural wood molding. Architect Richard Bubnowski fulfilled that wish with an eclectic blend of materials, both framed and unframed. Sea glass–colored tiles in a mixture of polished and matte finishes, paired with natural slate flooring create a sense of cool and calm. The masterstroke is a custom cherry vanity that complements the millwork found elsewhere throughout the house. It warms up a bath that might otherwise feel too cold.

Expanding the 52-square-foot space outward to create a bigger footprint was not an option, so Bubnowski and builder Glenn Oakley pushed into the attic to create a taller 9’6” ceiling. This move created an extra tier of wall area for clerestory windows (which bring in natural light and ventilation). Bumping those windows up and eliminating the original window, which had been positioned at eye level, freed up wall space for a corner shower in place of the room’s original cramped tub.

Entrant/Architect:Richard Bubnowski Design, Point Pleasant, N.J. Builder: Oakley Construction, Boonton Township, N.J.