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A chandelier? Barn doors? This is one luxe master bathroom Add to ...

Master bathrooms are a big deal when you’re designing a new home. Like cars, they’re pricey items that need to balance luxury and utility. And since clients tend to be emotionally invested in the space, it can be a place to spend a little extra to create a personal sanctuary. In this recent project, there was room for it. Located on the upper floor of a contemporary home in West Vancouver, it spanned 800 square feet. (I have friends who’d need to combine condo, patio and parking spot to hit that number.) The home’s organizing principle was “modern farmhouse,” and while we eventually got everyone on board, it was no cinch. Here’s how we answered the five biggest questions that came up.

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