WE SPENT OUR FIRST NIGHT IN the new master suite, and it was a dream come true. Actually, it's so nice I'll probably need some time to get used to it. No more traffic noise now that we're in the back corner of the house, no more hauling laundry to the garage from the front of the house (there's a full washer and dryer in the closet), no more sharing a single pedestal sink in the bathroom. We even have a private little garden off the bathroom.

I can't get over how restful the bedroom is. The architect designed it so that only those little windows high up on the wall we share with the veranda and the French doors leading out to the courtyard draw natural light, but otherwise it's cool and serene. He also designed an alcove for a “mini kitchen” for late-night snacks ... and an extra “wow” factor when we show it to friends and family.

I know I shouldn't get worked up about a closet, but this one has it all: plenty of drawers, cabinets, and hanging capacity—with lighted closet rods, no less! The closet also buffers us from any traffic noise along the alley; the bathroom does the same from the side street. Plus one of us can get ready while the other sleeps.

Oh, yeah ... the bathroom. In a word, luxury. We've got a walk-in, two-person shower, our own vanities, and a closet for the toilet and bidet. The soaker tub sits in a window well with TV screens on the wall at either end; when they're off, the screens look like mirrors. A motorized shade covers the window but still lets in some light.

The architect designed the master bath so we could add a sitting room above it later; he even created a tower between the closet and bathroom for a private spiral stair. We'll see. ...


  • Cabinets. Carved feet give stock cabinets from Timberlake a furniture-quality appearance. Circle no. 150.
  • Plumbing fixtures and fittings. Luxury is king with Kohler's Serpentine Bronze lavatories and Memoirs fixtures, faucets, and Master-Shower fittings as well as a Sok overflowing tub. Circle no. 151.
  • Tile. The floor and walls feature combinations of Dal-Tile's Sonora Stone and Metal Ages tile lines. Circle no. 152.
  • Patio doors. Hurd Millwork Co. provided multi-lock, aluminum-clad wood hinged patio doors throughout the house. Circle no. 153.
  • Laundry. Maytag supplied its Neptune line of laundry equipment combining its Drying Center and top-loading washer. Circle no. 154.
  • Interior doors and hardware. The custom master bedroom doors by Old World Door (Circle no. 155) combine with paneled interior doors from Masonite International (Circle no. 156) and door hardware from Baldwin Hardware (Circle no. 157) throughout the house.
  • Entertainment system. The owners get the latest in electronic living with a Bose Lifestyle Home Entertainment System (Circle no. 158) and a Fujitsu 42-inch plasma monitor (Circle no. 159). Meanwhile, the master bath offers a pair of wall-mounted, 15-inch LCD televisions (that look like mirrors above the tub) from Sharp (Circle no. 160).