Story by Charles Moxham, 24 May 2017, 01:58:11
Photography by Paul West
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A combined shower and tub area saves space in this modest sized ensuite by Bubbles Bathrooms, which also features a vanity with recycled oak drawer fronts in a Corian cabinet
"To make the ensuite feel more spacious, we replaced the spa with a wet area combining the shower and new semi-freestanding bath," Barnes says. "A sloping floor and strip drain serve shower and bath, while a raked blade wall keeps the dry area dry."
To achieve the look of a freestanding bath without losing floor space or inadvertently creating hard to reach places to clean, a supporting ledge and pedestal were built out from the wall. The ledge also provides a landing space for soap and shampoo. The niche was built directly into the wall cavity which had to be reinforced with a support beam as this was a structural wall.
Patterned tiles behind the tub are a feature of the ensuite, as are the recycled oak vanity drawers together with the verdigrised bronze table-top sink. The wooden door and mirror surrounds are stained to match the drawers. The mirror has one central static panel while its outer panels open to recessed cabinetry space.
Low energy, low glow LED lighting under the vanity provides a discreet night light.
|Designer||Owen Barnes, Bubbles Bathrooms|
|Vanity||Custom, from recycled wood|
|Shower fittings||Methven Minimalist hand shower and Cloud Cover Rainlight Square Shower Rose|
|Showerscreen||Custom frameless rake blade fixed screen|
|Bath||Florence freestanding stone bath|
|Basin||Bronze dish basin with patina finish|
|Taps||Cascade wall bath spout; Paco Jaanson Superbox wall tap set|
|Tiles||Wall – Treverk Grey Porcelain tiles; floor – Fioranese Metalbox Argento porcelain tiles; feature tiles – Shadow Light Porcelain tiles|
|Toilet||Uno wall-hung pan|
|Lighting||Astro Zip LED wall light|
|Ventilation||Linear rectangular exhaust fan|
|Accessories||Avenir Hybrid heated towel ladder|