October 21, 2010

Fine Homebuilding Magazine features THE CONCORD GREEN HEALTHY HOME Bath

Fine Homebuilding Magazine, one of my favorite trade publications, recently featured our project's first floor handicap-accessible bath in their latest Kitchen & Bath 2010 issue.   While the need for an accessible bath may not present itself currently, I designed it to provide many benefits to all (from washing the dog to a truly mud-friendly mudroom), while ensuring that homeowners can age in place.   Click here for full article, entitled Celebrating Ingenuity.


Here is an excerpt from the article:
(photos: Fine Homebuilding Magazine)

Powder Room Plus

The challenge was complex: Design a sunlit, wheelchair-accessible full bath, without an exterior wall for a window. Make it feel like a powder room, and therefore fit everything into a small footprint. The solution was simple: Make the whole room a shower. Taking a European “wet-room” approach to this project allowed the architect to break free of the clearances needed for a separate shower stall. The entire bathroom is waterproof, tiled, and sloped to a floor drain. Transom windows above the vanity borrow light from a sunlit stairwell. And a wall-mounted toilet and cantilevered vanity keep the floor clear for easy cleaning and visually enlarge the space.

Bath Design and Interiors: Lisa Kauffman Tharp, Kauffman Tharp Design, Concord, Mass.
Architect: Stephanie Horowitz, Zero Energy Design, Boston, Mass.
Builder: Aedi Construction, Waltham, Mass.


Shower and Faucet Fittings – Rohl Country Bath Collection
Dual Flush Toilet - Duravit
Subway Tile – American Olean
Floor Tile – Edimax Absolute Space, Best Tile/Geologica
Sea Urchin Box – Hudson, Wellesley MA
Driftwood Sphere – Spero Home, Concord MA

A special thanks to ZeroEnergy Design and the folks at Fine Homebuilding Magazine for the coverage.



  1. Just wanted to say that I've enjoyed reading your blog. I'm a designer in Marblehead currently converting an old garage into an energy efficient studio space for my business. I'm also in the process of designing our new energy efficient home. You've done a beautiful job on your house and your posts are full of great info.

    Molly Frey

  2. Lisa,
    What a wonderful job you did! The bath is stunning. Can't wait to see more of your work. Thrilled we are so close by! I am so excited to explore your blog more.

  3. Hi Molly.

    Please send along links to your new studio and home when you have them. Would love to see them. Thank you for your kind comments.


  4. Gina (WillowDecor).

    How nice to see you stop by. I am a huge fan of your blog. In fact, I saw you mention participating in a recent event where I tried to find you to say hello (can't recall if it was Brimfield, or a house tour in Concord or Wellesley). Anyway, I do hope to cross paths with you some day in the neighborhood. :)




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