This master ensuite boasts a luxurious penthouse atmosphere with everyday wheelchair access – without looking like a disabled bathroom

Designed by Kerrie Richardson, Lux Interiors

From the designers:

Design brief

Our Applecross, Perth homeowners came to us wanting a glamorous ensuite with a layout that would meet their needs for wheelchair accessibility.

Owner requests
  • It was extremely important to the client that their ensuite did not look like a disabled bathroom while meeting Australian accessibility standards and regulations.
  • Make everyday wheelchair use easier
  • Luxurious penthouse atmosphere

Existing challenges
  • Being an apartment moving plumbing was tricky
  • Existing bidet created an obstacle for the toilet
  • Access into the shower with the wheelchair was not easy
  • Nowhere to sit while using the shower, making everyday showering hard

Design statement

The proposed layout included the removal of a large, unused corner spa that was taking up valuable space.

Gaining the corner of the room allowed us to create an opening from the ensuite into the walk-in robe, integrating the rooms.

We developed a dual-purpose vanity that includes pocket doors below the left basin which can be closed, imitating a standard wall hung vanity.

Meeting Australian standards, we lowered the vanity height to be accessible from the wheelchair and a standing position as well.

Due to plumbing restrictions, we added a new wall behind the vanity to hide waste pipes.

The existing bidet was not being used and was removed, allowing us to measure around the toilet to ensure a wheelchair turn circle diameter.

The existing enclosed shower was hard to access, so we created a curved wall to divide the room which achieves the ideal wheelchair turn circle.

A shower seat runs along the back wall, with wall recess storage and hand shower at a reachable height when sitting.

Marble porcelain panels radiate a sense of opulence with their light tone complementing the natural light in the room.

For safety reasons we ensured that nonslip rated panels were selected.

Credit list

Vanity hardware
Runners – Blum Legrabox Orion Grey, by Blum; handles – Blum Tip On to all drawers; vanity doors open by pulling on bottom of door, Blum.
Vanity basins
Custom 500x 445x 80 deep built in basin using porcelain panels, with Mizu Drift bottle trap, by Reece
Shower stall
Panels into 50mm wide strips to accommodate curved wall – both sides of shower wall laid in panels; recess – 1100 wide x 300 high wall recess shelf to shower head wall with strip lighting; waste – round tile insert waste, in Gunmetal
Back to wall Forma back inlet toilet, from Reece
Floor tiles
3000x1500 Bianco Covelano Matte Bella, Series, 6mm, Lusso Group, from Lusso Group
Downlight – Unios Titanium G1 textured white, from Unios; spotlight – Unios Shift, from, Unios; strip lighting – Hafele loox LED strip lighting, by Hafele; pendant 1 – Milan 30 Pendant, from Alti Lighting; pendant 2 – Milan 60 Pendant, from Alti Lighting; switches: Clipsal Saturn Zen White Matt, by Clipsal
Water filtration
Bewamat 75a Water Softener; BWT infinity Auto B/Wash Filter Kit
Timber veneer Ember Eucalypt Crown, from Worldwide Timber Traders; timber veneer with vertical grain to be on full height boards on structural wall – to wrap around into walk-in robe, mitred on both corners
Vanity benchtop
Custom, Dekton Halo Polished 12mm, square Edge 120mm mitre fascia, by Dekton; 10mm overhang to front edge and seen end of vanity
tap – Sussex Calibre wall basin spout, in Gunmetal, from Reece; mixer Sussex Calibre wall mixer, in Gunmetal, from Reece.
Shower fittings
Fixed shower head: Sussex Calibre shower head, in Gunmetal, from Reece; hand shower – Sussex Scala hand shower on bracket, in Gunmetal, from Reece; mixer – Sussex Calibre wall mixer, in Gunmetal, from Reece
Custom mirror – 800mm diameter circular mirror and 1100mm diameter circular mirror overlapped with small mirror framing on top; heated towel rail – Vertical Towel Rail Tube, in Gunmetal; toilet roll holder – Sussex Scala, straight roll, in Gunmetal; robe hook – Sussex Scala robe hook, in Gunmetal; grab rail: Icon grab rail, 600mm, in White, all from Reece
Wall tiles
3000x1500 Bianco Covelano Polished Bella, Series 6mm, from Lusso Group
Exhaust 1 – Polyair Linear Slot Diffuser White Grille, 642x162, double slot, by Polyair; Exhaust 2 – Polyair Linear Slot Diffuser White Grille, 1195 x 185, double slot, by Polyair
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Designed by: Kerrie Richardson, Lux Interiors

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Michael Conroy

23 Jan, 2022

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