Celebrating intimate views of a mature Himalayan cedar, this seaside suite also looks inwards – offering coastal hues, natural flow, light and privacy

Designed by SAAJ Design

From the architect:


  • The owner’s brief was to create a contemporary coastal home addressing the practicalities of a busy family life. We were presented with an unusual wedge-shaped site, optimistically with a back yard opening to the north and a mature 12m high Himalayan cedar tree to the south.
  • The floor plan resulted in the parents' retreat / bathroom suite being located on the upper floor, viewing onto the southern street frontage.
  • A series of curved planes, stacked and sliding from each other, hugs the canopy of the Himalayan Cedar. 
  • From the entry, one glides under the canopy before reaching the front door. 

The master retreat

  • From within the bathroom suite, placement of the windows reveals different framed aspects of the tree; looking into the heart of the tree, experiencing the shadows casts onto the obscure glazing. This is further enhanced by a series of vertical battens.
  • Hidden from street perspective, a natural light scoop, orientated to the north, invites light in to the south-facing ensuite. We also combined obscure glazing and vertical battens to the south, for privacy, appearing like a frozen sheer curtain.
  • A finely detailed and balanced composition is comprised of natural, subtle tones and coastal inspired hues.
  • While this is an open-plan suite, it still provides a sense of privacy and enclosure for each activity within the suite.
  • Courtesy of a sliding wall, the owners can choose to view the television or the freestanding bath composition in the background from the master bedroom – the bathroom suite operates like a private parents' retreat.
  • The play of bouncing natural light into spaces during the day and placement of artificial light for the theatrics of the evening was carefully considered.
  • The WIR's placement contributes to the practical flow of daily routines – a makeup vanity, pendant light & circular mirror centred on the entrance connects the WIR to the ensuite.

Credit list

Caesarstone in Pure White
Milli Axon Floor Mount Bath mixer/spout; Mizu stream Wall mixer/spout; Mizu Stream shower mixer – all from Reece
Posh Solus, free standing, from Reece
Mizu toilet roll holder, robe hooks, hand towel rails; Hafele Luxe C & L shaped extrusion profiles - in White
Splashback wall – Dia Lucca Carrara (7.5 x 30), in herringbone pattern, from Southern Tiles; shower recess – Acuto White Nat (7.5 x 30) in herringbone, from Southern Tiles
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Runner Up
Polytec MR thermo-laminated, with EM0 square edge, in Classic White Matt
Pro Under-mount counter 550 White - Reece
Shower fittings
Nickles Pearl double shower head on rail, from Reece
Forma, from Reece
Carpet - Feltex Classic – Stonefields, in colour Greystone; tiles – Portofino Silver Porcelain (60 x 60), from Southern Tiles
Toedo Pendants Clear, from About Space; Kaleido Concrete pendant, from By Living; LED strip lights / down lights, from Masson for Light

Designed by: SAAJ Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Andrew Bartholomeusz

12 May, 2024

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