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A soothing soak at the end of the day can refresh the soul, when surrounded by works of art in limestone and wood

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A bathtub can be more than a place to soak tired bones. With vision and the right materials it can be a work of art, especially when set against a background of trees and a great view.

Laurence Dreiband, the designer and owner, created a sculptural environment for this master bathroom, in the hills above California's San Fernando Valley.

In designing the tub, he juxtaposed slabs of Cascon bleu limestone, duplicating the angles of the house. The limestone is also used on the floor.

"I looked for natural materials, such as the limestone, which is embedded with fossils," Dreiband says.

Walnut and white oak also appear in the bathroom. The cross-grained texture of wood softens the stone. In keeping with the home's open-plan design, the walnut floor continues into the bathroom without interruption.

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"I thought about a door, but the area is so private that it wasn't necessary," he says.

Lagos Azul limestone was carved into an angular basin, complementing the sharp lines of the interior and bathtub.

A glass shower cubicle pops out of the house, creating the feel of an open light box.

First published date: 11 May 2009

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Architectural designer Laurence Dreiband
Project architect Whitney Sander, Sander Architects (Los Angeles)
Structural engineer Ahmad Heydar
Paint Dunn-Edwards
Taps Newport Brass
Basin Custom made in Lagos Azul limestone and stainless steel
Master bath cabinets Custom made in white oak
Bath Custom made in Cascon bleu limestone
Master bed Custom made in walnut; inset Linea light
Windows and doors Fleetwood Windows
Blinds MechoShade
Flooring Wide-plank walnut in bedrooms; Cascon bleu limestone in bathrooms