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JUN 2018

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — One wouldn't expect to see an alfresco shower in Minneapolis given the city's geographic location and sea- sonally challenging environment. But Paul Linnebach gave his client the next best thing, using the concept as inspiration for this master bath remodel. "In the course of design, there is often a playfulness that comes from international travels I have done," says the designer and owner of Mantis Design + Build, based here. "One place that has inspired me is Bali and how its people connect their showers to the outdoors…how they blend these spaces together. Admittedly it's the tropics where they have greater flexibility, but some of that inspiration filtered into this bath." Most notable is the spacious, focal-point shower, which features an oversized 16" rainhead set inside a nearly 4' square skylight that provides a unique and generous view to the outdoors. "It creates a luxurious showering experience that gives the illusion of water falling from the sky above," says Linnebach. "Having the connec- tion to the outdoors and being able to look up into the skylight provides such a wonderful expe- rience for my client. She has told me she now has a hard time getting out of the shower, and that showering is one of the best parts of her day!" PROBLEM TURNED SOLUTION That revelation showcases the vast improve- ment from her previous oddly configured bathroom, which included a giant corner tub that senselessly stole center stage beneath the skylight and took up a significant amount of floor space. Other inefficiencies included a one-person shower that was a challenge to access, given its location. "She never used the tub," he says, noting that a nearby bathroom offered one should she decide to take a bath. "Also, the shower was surprisingly small for the space, and she had to squeeze past the toilet to get to it. When we considered the new space, we wanted to create something that would better serve how she actually uses it…something that perfectly fit her rhythm and lifestyle." That meant taking a good look at the tub and skylight, two potential problems, with a subsequent resolution that eliminated the former and showcased the latter. "It dawned on me what could be possible," he says in reference to the new shower and skylight combination. "The solution would not Mother Nature Inspires Master Bath BY KIM BERNDTSON A Minnesota-based designer creates an al fresco-style show- ering experience that showcases 'rain' from above and biophilic design elements for his client to enjoy year 'round. Photos: Mantis Design + Build FLOATING CUSTOM WALNUT VANITY Offers a clean, modern feel TEXTURAL BACKSPLASH TILE Adds a feminine touch with a bit of sparkle and elegance FOCAL-POINT SHOWER Mimics rain falling from the sky 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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