Modern Marble Transformed This 19th-Century Newton Master Bath

What do you do when you want a master bath that feels like a true oasis? Deck the whole thing out in marble, of course.

Photo by Shelly Harrison

The Problem

When a couple with four kids moved into a late-19th-century Newton manse, they inherited a cramped, dated master bath that felt at odds with their more-modern tastes.

The Solution

Slocum Hall Design Group’s David Boronkay decided to transform the master suite’s old-school sleeping porch, which boasted views of the Boston skyline, into a large, sunny bathroom. But first, the team needed to reframe the floor to ensure the space could bear the weight of the tons of Statuario marble they’d be installing throughout. With the structural supports in place, Boronkay then added a shower roomy enough for two, as well as twin vanities with chinoiserie-inspired legs and silver-plated sinks, faucets, and custom mirrors. The overall effect? “Clean and modern” but with traditional elements “that also pay homage to the antiquity of the house,” Boronkay says.