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Open-plan or privacy? This master suite design achieves both

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Motorised ceiling blinds provide a flexible connection between this renovated master bathroom and bedroom

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While most of us see the benefits of having kitchen, dining and living as one open-plan space, we can be more reticent about taking an open approach to our bedroom and bathroom design.

It's not so much a perceived problem with condensation – good quality extractors can overcome that – but more an issue of privacy. There are times when we want to relax and soak in the bath without feeling like we're on display.

In this master suite, designer Mick De Giulio shows that it's possible to have an open connection between bedroom and bathroom, yet still have the flexibility for privacy when it's wanted.

The master suite is part of De Giulio's extensive remodel of a lake house that was only eight years old. Despite its fairly recent build, the house had only a small master bathroom, so De Giulio extended this to make the room longer and wider.

An early decision was to position the bed so as to get the best views of the lake, leaving the interior space behind the bed for the new master bathroom.

"Then the idea was to have an open concept for the bedroom and bathroom," says De Giulio. "But installing concealed motorised blinds in the ceiling meant the bathroom could be sectioned off, too."

This sense of openness includes an almost full height window to the side of the bath. And another blind can drop down here to block the view of the bath from the outside, if wanted.

The shower is largely screened from the bedroom by the partition wall behind the bath. On the shower side, this houses two sets of shower fittings, while the window inside the shower enclosure is frosted for permanent privacy.

"The owner is well travelled, with very sophisticated taste. He didn't want a typical lake house style, but asked for something more modern and clean lined."

De Giulio's selection of bath tub reflects this, as does his use of quartzite on walls and floors in the bathroom area.

"Brushed Iceberg Quartzite was used in four different formats – 760mm x 760mm tiles in the bath area, 100mm x 100mm on the shower floor, 405mm x 405mm for the shower walls, and in slab form for the wall behind the bath," he says.

The large format floor tiles extend from the side of the bath and shower to the area housing the other bathroom components – the vanity and toilet.

There's an interesting arrangement here, too, with his-and-her toilet enclosures as well as his-and-her vanities. Sliding pocket doors also allow this area to be opened up or closed off to provide various privacy configurations.

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Credit List

Home and bathroom design Mick De Giulio, de Giulio kitchen design
Architectural consultant Michael Abraham Architecture
Interior design Joan Hebert, JH Design
Builder Tomlinson Schultz
Windows Unilux
Wall and floor tiles Brushed Iceberg Quartzite
Cabinetry de Giulio Collection
Vanity cabinets High gloss Silver Sucupria with polished stainless steel hardware
Vanity countertop Brushed Iceberg Quartzite
Faucets Kallista One Collection in nickel silver
Bath tub Agape Spoon in matte white
Shower enclosure Fargo Glass and Paint
Toilet Toto Aquia
Vanity lighting Robern

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