Classical design is often a good choice when you don't want a room to date

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Practical elegance extends to a heated mirror, marble benchtops, a backlit magnifying mirror and dual basins. The tiled floor is heated.

Writer Sylvia Plath said that there must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but she didn't know what they would be. With a view like this from the bathtub, it's easy to understand what she meant.

When the owners requested this classically styled ensuite bathroom from architect Philip Porritt, they wanted a view of the harbour, a look that wouldn't date, and a practical bath tub.

"The bath needed to be short so the client didn't feel she would slip under the water when sitting in it," says Porritt.

"We chose the cast iron tub and floor-mounted bath faucet to match the traditional ambience of the bathroom."

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The cubicle includes an overhead monson shower rose and an adjustable wall shower rose.

As with many bathrooms, functionality was carefully considered within the overall design, but Porritt says the room needed to offer more than just the basics.

"A luxurious feel was a priority and it was important to give a timeless, classical look one that would meet current expectations and still be good in 20 years time.

"We incorporated a large glass shower cubical with dual showering options and a hand-held, chromed brass shower rose in the bathtub."

The basins and cabinets, which feature a granite vanity top, were individually designed by Jasmax to complement the traditional character of the bathroom.

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View of an old-fashioned freestanding bath tub on feet with tiled flooring and chrome tapware.

Large wall tiles were specified, and Porritt says for this reason, they required extra attention during placement.

"Because the wall tiles measure 1000mm x 330mm, we needed a perfectly flush wall, to achieve a good result."

The master bedroom suite also includes a large dressing room and a study. These rooms retain the classically inspired decor.

Credit list

Interior designer
Liz Mark,
Tile Trends
Cast iron from
Monoblock from
Main contractor
N T Stevens
Bramco from Jasmax
Leda from Caroma

Story by: Trendsideas

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