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In a home near the beach, this efficiently designed bathroom echoes the local environment through a use of natural materials

Centre of attention – the elegant freestanding tub white, black
Centre of attention – the elegant freestanding tub is given added drama by being set in front of the near-black wall tiles.

Designed by Design Haus

From the designer:

While the existing bathroom was cramped and tired, this ensuite has now been completely transformed! Our brief was to create an incredible ensuite within the new space provided. It had to be trendy, yet timeless, with wow-factor.

As the homeowners began a major renovation on their ‘forever home’ the bathrooms were spaces they wanted to ensure they ‘got right’. With an entire wing of the home dedicated to the master bedroom and ensuite, it was important that the ensuite was a special space of relaxation, where the owners could unwind.

The final layout has a wet area, which is separate to the vanity and toilet areas. Creating the wet area allowed us to really maximise the available floor area, create a visually pleasing design, and to ensure the new ensuite is both user-friendly and practical.


Being close to the beach, the owners were white
Being close to the beach, the owners were drawn to natural materials, such as stone, slate, timber and metal. 

The first thing you see as you enter the ensuite is the gorgeous freestanding tub. This creates an inviting space and adds the desired wow factor.

One of our challenges was finding a bath that ticked all the boxes for our homeowner, while at the same time being aesthetically pleasing and well-proportioned for the space. We found the right bath through plenty of research and narrowing the options down for the owner.

Another crucial aspect for the owners was that they could reach hot towels without stepping out of the wet area and we made this possible with the introduction of a low voltage heated towel ladder.

One of our challenges was working to a budget, so a low voltage heated towel ladder in a brushed brass finish (to match tapware and accessories) was simply out of the question. In its place, a black heated ladder perfectly ties in and complements the dark slate-look tiles.

Separating the wet area with a piece of white
Separating the wet area with a piece of floor-to-ceiling frameless glass creates the illusion of more space and adds a touch of luxury.

With the ensuite being a space the owners use daily it was important the shower was spacious, luxurious and easy to keep clean.

To achieve this we specified smooth surfaces, treated shower glass and epoxy grout, which all ensured the wet area would be easy to maintain and keep looking great for many years to come.

Separating the wet area with a piece of floor-to-ceiling frameless glass creates the illusion of more space and adds a touch of luxury.

Another challenge was finding the right position for a large shampoo recess on the shower wall, amongst a slide shower and mixers. Care was taken to ensure everything looked aesthetically pleasing and balanced while also being ideally positioned for actual use.

The timber floating shelves – along with the white, black
The timber floating shelves – along with the bathroom's timber vanity – soften the space by introducing warmth and texture. 

The living finish aged brass tapware is on-trend, and brings an understated touch of elegance and another wow factor to the bathroom.

The large vanity creates sufficient storage for the ensuite, while a single offset vessel basin leaves bench space for a requested make-up area.

Both the timber vanity and floating shelves soften the space by introducing warmth and texture. The floating shelves also allow the owners to add some character/personal touches.

The toilet is tucked away out of sight as you first enter the ensuite. Positioned on a white painted wall, the toilet blends in completely, ensuring the wet area and vanity are the focal points.

Positioned on a white painted wall, the toilet gray
Positioned on a white painted wall, the toilet blends in completely, ensuring the wet area and vanity are the focal points.

Being close to the beach, the owners were drawn to natural materials, such as stone, slate, timber and metal. Not only are natural materials on trend, they’re also timeless and add to the bathroom’s presence.

Good quality porcelain tiles were chosen with plenty of variation between each tile – successfully and beautifully replicating the look of slate and marble.

Lastly, feature lighting was carefully chosen and positioned. From a toilet night light, to a concealed vanity LED strip light and vanity mirror task lights, everything was considered. The homeowners have the option to have a well-lit bathroom, or alternatively create ambience mood lighting with the flick of a switch.

Credit list

Designer
Design Haus
Benchtop
Stanza Legno Marine Grade Plywood and Natural Oak Veneer, by Plumbline
Taps and shower fittings
Icon, in Aged Brass, by Astra Walker
Accessories
Icon robe hooks, hand towel holder and toilet roll holder, all by Astra Walker
Wallcoverings
Marvel Carrara matt and Waterfall Dark matt, from Tile Space
Vanity cabinetry
Progetto Stanza Legno in natural oak, by Plumbline
Bath
Cassini, by Athena Bathrooms
Toilet
Parisi Ellisie MK 11 CC BTW toilet suite, from Robertson Bathware
Flooring
Marvel Carrara matt, from Tile Space
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Story by: New Zealand TIDA Bathrooms

Photography by: Design Haus

19 Jan, 2020

For more than 30 years, Trends has promoted great home design ideas through its print, digital and online media.The Trends International Design Awards – TIDAs – take that involvement to the next level with the search for the best kitchens, bathrooms and homes across a number of the countries where Trends has a presence.


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