Ensuite renovation has spacious feel despite its long, narrow shape

Large format porcelain tiles and a combined bath and shower zone help give this bathroom the light, open and clean-lined look the owners wanted

Story by: Paul Taylor Photography by: Raphael Ruz
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Large format, marble-look porcelain tiles contribute to the cohesive design of this master ensuite part of a complete renovation of a period home by LSA Architects.

Space might be the ultimate luxury, but how do you create a luxurious bathroom when space is limited? Especially if the owners want enough room for two people to use it at the same time, a freestanding bath and plenty of storage?

Architect Linda Simons of LSA Architects says two aspects of the design for this ensuite help give it a spacious feel despite its long, narrow shape.

The ensuite is part of a full renovation of a period home in which the original ensuite was tiny and nondescript.


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Because these large format, wall tiles are only 6mm thick and relatively lightweight, they could be used on the vanity top and also fold down onto the cabinet fronts adding to this ensuites sense of luxury.

Combining this with space from a small walk-in robe and popping out the side of the building gave a new area of 3.8m x 2.5m, still quite compact, says Simons.

"We achieved the uncluttered look primarily through the choice of tile," she says. "The large format 3m x 1m porcelain tiles gave us really large areas without fussy grout lines."

And because the marble-look tiles are only 6mm thick and relatively lightweight, they could be used on the vanity top and also fold down onto the cabinet fronts.

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As well as the extensive wall of under counter drawers, additional storage for smaller items was concealed behind the mirrors in this ensuite. The introduction of matte black tapware and accessories contrasts with the marble veining in the tiles.

"The resulting single colour scheme gives a visual openness to the room. That also comes from breaking down divisions in the bath and shower area."

A single glass panel creates a wet area combining these two zones. Simons says that the overhead shower and position of the handspray reduce water splashing in the space, while the floor is correctly graded to drain water away quickly.

"We then made a feature of the black fittings. They're quite minimalist, but they anchor the different elements in the room."

Nov 01, 2017

Credit list

Vanity top
Nvy White Nature 3000mm x 1000mm tile from Earp Bros
Taps, shower head and shower mixer
Astra Walker Icon A69.11.AC in black
Toilet
WC Cube Wall faced Invisi toilet by Caroma
Wall tiles
Nvy White Nature 3000mm x 1000mm tile from Earp Bros
Lighting
Black Bamboo M10 pendant light from Spence and Lyda
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)
Basin
Moda Cube CUUB15M stone basin with white waste, from ASC Bathrooms
Bath
Zonda Moda freestanding stone bath with white waste, from ASC Bathrooms
Flooring
Seville Grey 6019 600mm x 600mm floor tiles from Earp Bros
Towel rails
Astra Walker Icon A69.11.AC in black
Ventilation
IXL Ventair with square cover
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