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Your Home: Kitchens & Baths

The right angles

In Cambridge, an attic master suite features a daringly open bathroom.

“Very dark” is how Gigliola Staffilani remembers her antique home’s old attic master bedroom and bathroom — “not at all what I’m used to,” says the native of Italy. The pine-paneled walls and ceiling gave the third-floor space the feel of a rustic cabin, but “we wanted a more modern space that was lighter and brighter.”

So Staffilani and her husband, Tom Mrowka, contacted Joseph Kennard, an architect based in South Boston’s Fort Point Channel area, whose big idea for the top of their Cambridge Victorian was to remove the walls separating the bedroom and bathroom. “When you are creating a master suite in an attic space, it is difficult to create an open floor plan due to the functional constraints — bedroom, bathroom, closets, et cetera,” says Kennard. “Therefore, it is rare to get a full sense of the roofline.” He felt an open, continuous floor plan, even though it’s not typical for a bedroom and bathroom, would maximize opportunities to appreciate the roof-lines, which have four gabled ends, and to take advantage of abundant natural light.

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