Generous master suite provides a private oasis for the homeowners, while making the most of its ocean views

Connected to its coastal scenery at every turn, this relaxed, spa-like master suite features natural materials and uncluttered good looks

In one move to future-proof this master bathroom, gray
In one move to future-proof this master bathroom, designer Steve Gliosca avoided under-bench vanity storage that would need to be stooped down to to access its contents. Instead he introduced storage behind glass cabinet fronts, with open shelving to left and right. The slots in the vanity top are for handy placement of hand towels.

Designing a master suite means addressing everything from visual impact to circulation. The list of requirements for this master suite was reasonably long, helping to define and shape the connected casual sitting space, ensuite, walk-in-robe and, of course, the master bedroom itself.

The homeowners asked Steve Gliosca of Urbane Projects – who with his team designed the whole house – for the master suite to include connections to the ocean views from most areas, the bathtub included; a relaxed, spa-like appeal; and a large walk-in-robe. Other requests included, the use of natural materials; forward thinking for aged mobility and for the suite to be noise-isolated from the rest of the home, made trickier by their last request – no carpets.

“With this brief we developed a private space entered through its own large pivot door,  reminiscent of entering a hotel suite,” says Gliosca. 

“From this personal entry we created four distinct zones, with all except the walk-in-robe enjoying the amazing ocean views.

“Part of achieving this was setting the walk-in-robe to the rear of the space with good access and proximity to the ensuite.”

One homeowner request for this project was for gray
One homeowner request for this project was for the use of natural materials appropriate to the seaside environment, and for the tub occupant to access the views. Wood finishes behind the tub also help it stand out as a feature of the master bathroom. The open shower zone with no step adds to the overall sense of space and will still be easy to use when the owners are older.

The pivot door entry opens directly to the sitting area, which can be used for reading, watching television, or relaxing in. This space leads into both the bedroom and the ensuite.

Again responding to the owners’ brief, the generous-sized ensuite has natural stone floors and timber clad walls – all contributing to the required luxurious resort-like feel.

A large elongated stone benchtop with no cabinetry storage beneath avoided a cluttered look. Instead, the storage is provided by mirror-fronted wall cabinets above.

“This arrangement avoids the need for the owners to crouch to access stored elements."

"This, along with the mobility-friendly, walk-in shower zone, helps future-proof the ensuite.”

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The homeowners wanted no carpet but quiet spaces – a request achieved in this master bedroom with its plush area rug and curtained walls. This was just one of many points adroitly addressed in the master suite by the team at Urbane Projects. The four-zone suite includes a bedroom, ensuite, walk-in-robe and a sitting room for television viewing or reading.

In another user-friendly move, slots on the vanity offer handy placement for hand towels.

Centre of attention and set by the window, a beautiful stone freestanding bath surrounded by timber clad walls accesses views of the ocean.

The ocean-facing master bedroom includes curtain-clad walls, both for a soft aesthetic and to help with sound absorption in a space that has hard floors and, of course, no carpet.

All furniture in the master suite – and  throughout the home – was selected by Urbane.

Credit list

Bathroom and house designer
Urbane Projects
Apaiser Haven Bath, from Rogerseller
Lissoni High Basin Mixer, from Rogerseller
Plus Toilet Suite Exclusive SCS, from Rogerseller
Matt Almond, from Attica
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)Bathroom Suite – Highly Commended
Quantum Quartz Ultra White, from GBI Holdings
Apaiser Sanctum Basin, from Rogerseller
Shower fittings
Raindance Select E150 Classic Rail Shower, from Rogerseller
Spotted Gum Matte Cladding supplied by Glosswood
Vistosi Bolle Pendant, from Alti Lighting

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Joel Barbitta

10 May, 2020

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