While many homeowners opt to remove tubs in modern baths, the feature was critical for these coastal residents in Wilmington, N.C. In the home’s only bath with a tub, remodeler Nick Balding was faced with a challenge—seamlessly blend functionality with an open space and nautical style. Balding replaced the existing corner tub with a shower, which is surrounded by glass walls and transom windows to let in natural light.
The rearrangement opened up space for the most important feature for the family with small children: a 6-foot tub that runs along the wall. Additional light is filtered in through the glass pocket doors that separate the bath from the master bedroom and closet. Porthole medicine cabinets and mirrors and white wood paneling lend to the subtle maritime vibe in this master bath overlooking the family’s dock.