Designer tiles and a semi-freestanding tub are features of this ensuite

A combined shower and tub area save space in this modest sized ensuite by Bubbles Bathrooms, which also features a vanity with recycled oak drawer fronts in a Corian cabinet
Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Paul West
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It may look restrained and elegant but a lot of behind-the-scenes work went into this tranquil ensuite. To achieve the semi-freestanding bath, a ledge and pedestal were built out from the wall, while the recessed niche was set back into the wall plan

A tired ensuite with a space-hogging spa was reinvented as a luxury retreat in this project by designer Owen Barnes of Bubble Bathrooms.

"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."


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This verdigrised bronze basin is sealed to protect the surface part of an ensuite design by Bubbles Bathroom.

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.

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A raked glass shower wall is sufficient to contain the wet areas in this ensuite design.

Low energy, low glow LED lighting under the vanity provides a discreet night light.

May 24, 2017

Credit list

Owen Barnes, Bubbles Bathrooms
Shower fittings
Methven Minimalist hand shower and Cloud Cover Rainlight Square Shower Rose
Florence freestanding stone bath
Cascade wall bath spout; Paco Jaanson Superbox wall tap set
Uno wall-hung pan
Linear rectangular exhaust fan
Custom, from recycled wood
Custom frameless rake blade fixed screen
Bronze dish basin with patina finish
Wall – Treverk Grey Porcelain tiles; floor – Fioranese Metalbox Argento porcelain tiles; feature tiles – Shadow Light Porcelain tiles
Astro Zip LED wall light
Avenir Hybrid heated towel ladder





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