Juggled spaces provide room for this master ensuite's double shower and free standing tub – the design reflects the home's classic architecture

Designed by Celia Visser Design

From the designer:

Renovation the children’s bathroom back to its former glory in this 1890s villa was both a challenge and a joy. 

It was one of three bathrooms renovations undertaken in the same house.


  • The house had original Charles Rennie Mackintosh features throughout and the homeowners wanted to incorporate these into the new bathroom design.
  • Style to fit with original home's age and detailing.
  • All new modern fixtures and fittings to suit the character of the home.
  • Mandatory freestanding bath and double column shower.
  • Good storage area with space for cosmetics. 
  • Good lighting.


  • The room leaked and needed replanning to allow at least two children (ages ranging from 8- 17) to be able to use the space at any one time.
  • Current hot-water cylinder couldn’t cope with new fixtures.
  • Relocation of waste outlet pipe into new position.

Design solution

  • As we were renovating the children’s bathroom and the parents’ ensuite (which partially backed onto each other) we were able to change the shower and toilet positions in both bathrooms, which allowed the shower in the master ensuite to be swapped to the children' bathroom – now enlarged to accommodate a double shower.
  • The relocation of toilet waste pipe was incorporated into part of a new, bookcase built-in-wall cabinet in the master bedroom, as no floor joists could be cut. Pipes were lagged & acoustic material added for quietness.
  • The freestanding bath and double basin vanity design incorporated the traditional elements.
  • New storage was incorporated into the wall behind the mirrored doors, along with vanity drawers and a display cabinet by the bath.
  • Ceiling batons were reinstated and elegant ceiling lights brought back the character of the house architecture
  • The Charles Rennie Mackintosh house features of squares and motifs were incorporated into detailing around the mirrored cabinets.

Credit list

Silestone Yukon, matt, from Stone by Design
Elipse 55, from Plumbline
Greenwich 1740 French Tub, from Plumbline
Canova Royal, in wall cistern, floor mounted, from Plumbline
Regal in-drawer bin, by Hafele, from Plumbline
Coombes & Gabbie Taylor ceiling lights; Avon 3 wall scones; led strip downlights
Underfloor heating
Casa Ceramica
Hot water systems
Rinnai Gas
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Vanity manufacturer
Lauststen Cabinetmakers
Cabinetry hardware
Blum drawer runners; Archant Azara burnished iron knobs
Taps/shower fittings
Regal, Pewter finish, by Plumbline
Custom, by Innovative Glass
Floor and wall tiles
Mainstone Ice, matt (900 x 450mm), from Independent Ceramics
Feature tiles
BonBon White on White (200 X 200mm, by Casa Italiana
Manrose, from Sam Dickens Electrical
Ceiling, architraves, door skirting – Resene Quarter Pearl Lustre & Resene Pearl Lustre
Heated ladder rails, from In Residence

Designed by: Celia Visser Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: John Wiliams

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