Ensuite design cleverly caters for personal and private spaces

With a radical rethink of the original plan, designer Ingrid Geldof has given this ensuite a balance and symmetry that’s perfectly suited to the Georgian style of the home

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​​​​​​​For the main ensuite in this new home, designer Ingrid Geldof wanted to create a sense of symmetry and balance in keeping with the Georgian style of the home. This required radical changes to the original plan so that the owners now pass through the walk-in robe to enter the ensuite. His and her vanities on either side of the entrance draw the eye to the centrally positioned bath tub.

The origins of Georgian architecture may go back two centuries, but it’s a style that still has appeal today – even for a new home. While it’s a traditional style, its emphasis on balance, symmetry and simple lines still fits in well with a more modern sensibility.

For designer Ingrid Geldof, those were exactly the characteristics she aimed to include in the ensuite she was asked to design for a new Georgian-style home.

“To achieve that, I had to make quite dramatic changes to an existing layout concept for the ensuite, so as to create an impressive space that had real impact when you walked in,” she says.

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​​​​​​​His and her vanities in this ensuite have similar black stained oak panel doors to the cabinetry designed for the home’s kitchen. Her vanity area includes a tall cupboard – for additional storage – and second mirror at one end.

The major change was to place the entry into the large ensuite space through a walk-in wardrobe. This lined up the entrance with two windows that couldn’t be moved as they were strictly positioned to tie in with the home’s exterior symmetry.

With this central line established, Geldof could then plan a balanced arrangement of the various bathroom zones around it.

A large vanity was placed on both sides of the line – one for him and one for her.

“We wanted the vanities to have quite a dramatic feel, so we used black stained solid oak panels – the same as we had designed for the home’s kitchen joinery.”

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​​​​​​​All the elements that make up this ensuite design have simple lines and simple structure, while the joinery detailing fits in with the home’s Georgian architectural style.

The vanities help draw the eye to the white framed bath tub placed under the windows, while wall and floor tiles have a subtle marble patterning. Classic tapware and ornate mirrors enhance the look.

“I also wanted to provide a division between personal and private spaces for the owners, with separate areas for the shower and the toilet,” says Geldof.

To achieve this, the generous shower area is behind his vanity wall, while the toilet was tucked into a light filled compartment behind the wall of her vanity – an arrangement that continues the sense of balance in the plan.

“I think the result is highly appropriate for the home, with beautiful detailing, simple lines and simple structures. It’s a very special and luxurious space, which also functions very well for the owners.”

Credit list

Ingrid Geldof and Rachel Barnes, Ingrid Geldof Design
Countertop and bath top
Caesarstone Frosty Carrina by Shane Boyd Granite Benchtops
Perrin & Rowe wall-mounted basin set in pewter, with white levers, from In Residence
Tub filler
Perrin & Rowe
600 x 600 Bianco Statuario Mirage, LUC finish
Trendy Mirrors
Hand towel rail, toilet roll holder, toilet brush holder, robe hooks – all Perrin & Rowe, from In Residence
Advanced Joinery
Catalano Sfera White ceramic basin from Plumbline; basin wastes from Perrin & Rowe
Kaldewei Classic Duo Oval from Metrix Plumbing
Caroma Seido wall-faced, closed-coupled suite
Heated towel rail
Hawthorne Hill Premier Electric
Feature light fittings
From Reincarnation
NKBA Bathroom of the Year

Story by: Paul Taylor

Photography by: Diederik van Heyningen

16 Mar, 2019

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