A Timeless, Spa-Like Bathroom Remodel

Maryland-based Mueller Homes was the perfect contractor for a dynamic rebuild project on the scenic Magothy River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay. As a second-generation builder, Paul Mueller Jr (PJ) grew up in the tradition of quality homebuilding in the area. Architect Stephanie Cook of Annapolis-based Speight Studio Architects is equally established locally. Together, the project team had a strong understanding of the region that informed their approach to reimagining a beloved waterfront property.

The homeowners had deep roots in this beautiful place, too—a family home had been on the property for generations. But the existing one-story house didn’t serve the family’s needs for a home that could be adapted for use during many phases of life. They decided to replace it with a 5,000 square-foot modern cottage/coastal farmhouse with some elements reminiscent of the original home, such as the shingles, long gables, and dormers.

With views of the water from every room, the home is “set up for family life but then transitioning into a place where you want to entertain and have people over,” says Mueller. That included, on the ground floor, a game room leading to a screened-in porch and patio for entertaining, as well as a room designed for flexible use through the years depending on the ages of the children and the family’s needs over time. With the new layout, the home will accommodate the homeowner’s needs for years and even generations to come.

Cook selected refined natural materials for the finishes, including natural stone, French white oak flooring, quartz countertops, and maple cabinets. Beyond aesthetics, a sense of casual comfort for the family was a top priority. When it came to the primary bath, the homeowners were seeking the retreat-like feel of a high-end hotel or spa. They chose Hydro Systems’ Marquis freestanding tub as an anchoring piece for the space, which includes a mosaic tile carpet in a pattern contrasting with the natural stone flooring. Marquis’ generous size and sleek modern lines reinforced the sophisticated feel of the design. The chrome fixtures and waterfront blue cabinetry with towers span a design sensibility that’s both classic and modern. Along with the bathroom design’s aesthetic appeal, there are practical elements that contribute to the spa-like feel of the space, including radiant heat flooring and the abundant natural light.

A freestanding tub is anything but an afterthought in this home’s design. Accommodating the homeowner’s lifestyle now and well into the future, this selection becomes part of the legacy of this home. With equal attention given to aesthetics and function, this is a quality choice that will stand the test of time.


Builder: Mueller Homes

Architecture: Speight Studio Architects

Photography: Peak Visuals