Home’s architecture capitalises on views – including from master suite

This master ensuite design makes the most of dramatic outlooks while offering a light-filled, airy aesthetic

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Mike Hollman
​​​​​​​With the inclusion of a generous bay window, gray
​​​​​​​With the inclusion of a generous bay window, this master ensuite has the ability to look around corners. The light, airy bathing space – and the wider master suite – is by Masonry Design Solutions.

When a property is strategically opened up to optimise views to an adjacent forest, it makes good sense that the home’s architecture will in turn capitalise on the newly freed-up outlooks.

Such was the case with this ensuite, part of an expansive master suite by designer Mark Wilson of Masonry Design Solutions.

For the bathroom, the homeowners wanted a double vanity, a large double shower, a resort feel and a freestanding tub to take in the view.


​​​​​​​With a dark wall behind, the shower glass gray, black
​​​​​​​With a dark wall behind, the shower glass in this bathroom reflects the rest of the bathroom in front of it.

“We took several steps to make the space feel light, including floating the stone vanity, having a glass-fronted shower, large format wall and floor tiles and introducing discreet LED strip lighting behind the mirror, under the vanity and recessed into the shower stall and the ceiling."

“Of course, the generous bay window with its giant 3.5m-wide window is the principal source of light – and views – and as such was the natural location for the freestanding tub.”

Another ask of the owners was to include a feature stone wall at the rear of the glass shower stall. This connects with both the vanity and architectural detailing elsewhere in the home. And there was another design plus to having a dark rear wall to the shower stall.

​​​​​​​This large master suite includes a glass-walled bedroom, black, gray
​​​​​​​This large master suite includes a glass-walled bedroom, double ensuite, and a large dressing room positioned strategically in between.

“The beautiful forest beyond the windows is quite dark in tone and the deep grey rear wall in the shower brings a degree of balance to that.”

And in terms of balancing forms, the mainly rectilinear bathroom includes contrasting oval vanity-top basins and the oval shaped bathtub.

Finally, the master ensuite is as practical as it is aesthetically in tune. For example, a wealth of storage is seen in the open towel rack and two drawers in the double vanity, and in the three cabinets behind the segmented mirror.

The double shower stall also includes the pampering touch of a double rainhead shower.

Dec 02, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Mark Wilson, Masonry Design Solutions
Vanity construction
DBJ Joinery
Basin
Metrix Marblo Mojo oval basin
Shower stall
Glass doors by NZ Glass Silverdale
Toilet
ME by Starck with Speedo slim flush panel
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Vanity cladding and benchtops
iStone Storm Nero Natural 3200x1500x12mm, supplied by The Granite Workshop
Bath
Metrix Marblo Mojo oval freestanding bath
Taps
Rubinetterie Treemme wall mount tap; Milli Axon ext basin mixer
Shower fittings
Metrix Paini rectangular slide shower.
Shower feature wall
iStone Storm Nero Natural Tile, 2500x1000x6mm, stone from The Granite Workshop
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