This elegantly restrained bath—part of a master suite transplant for a 1980s spec house—turned the existing bathroom into what architect David Jameson calls a “teak pavilion.” Walls, ceiling panels, cabinets, even the door and drawer pulls are teak. The limestone tub that interrupts a room-width teak bench is a scaled-up version of the twin wash-basins, which rest on brushed steel counters in recesses backed with etched glass.

Jameson says the room was conceived and constructed “much as you might put together a yacht.” The grout joints of the honed volcanic-stone tile floor describe the grid that governs the room's layout down to the width of the cabinet drawers. The shower drains through a ½-inch slot that surrounds the floor tile at its center. The sink wall and skylight lens are backlit with fiber-optics, so they glow faintly at night. “It's all about precision and craft,” says Jameson. Our judges got the message, and remarked admiringly on the room's lucid geometry and elegant materials. “It's really beautiful,” said one. The owners appear to agree, Jameson reports. “The project took too long and cost a lot of money, and instead of being upset about that, they want to do the same thing to the rest of the house.”

Project Credits
David Jameson Architect, Alexandria, Va.
Builder: Madden Corp., Rockville, Md.
Project size: 980 square feet
Construction cost: Withheld
Photographer: Paul Warchol

Resources: Bathroom plumbing fittings: Toto and Wesaunard; Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Lefroy Brooks; Bathroom cabinets/countertops/interior paneling/trimwork: RKI; Hardware: CHMI, FSB, and Hager; Paints: Benjamin Moore.