Making the most of concrete’s positive qualities

Concrete walls and floors, softened by warm timber battens, feature consistently throughout this new home – including in the master suite

​​​​​​​Designer Kirsty Davis adjusted the initial plan for bathroom, interior design, vanity, Kirsty Davis, master suite, grey tiles, double shower
​​​​​​​Designer Kirsty Davis adjusted the initial plan for this master ensuite, taking out the bath and acquiring space from the large adjacent garage. As a result, the bathroom is in better proportion to the scale of the suite, with enough room for a generous double shower and a long his and hers vanity.

For many people, concrete is too hard and harsh a material to be used prominently in an interior. But it is possible for a home to feature the positive qualities of concrete and yet still create a warm ambience – as seen in this master suite by designer Kirsty Davis.

Davis says the suite is at the rear of a modern home with a concrete tilt-slab construction and extensive glazing. She was called on early in the planning stages to design the kitchen and bathrooms and select materials and furnishings.

One of the first things she did was to adjust the master suite plan

“The initial plan had a closet and an ensuite that were quite small and out of proportion with the bedroom,” she says.

​​​​​​​A large sliding glass door opens up this architecture, home, house, interior design, master suite, bedroom, Kirsty Davis Design
​​​​​​​A large sliding glass door opens up this master bedroom to a native planted ares

By crimping space from the large adjacent garage, and moving the planned bath tub to the home’s main bathroom, she was able to increase the size of the closet and have enough room for a long vanity and generous double shower in the bathroom.

Davis felt it was important to have a continuity of materials throughout all the different areas of the home – including the use of concrete.

So the board-formed concrete wall that forms the spine of the home wraps around into the bedroom and is left exposed.

“To soften the effect, we installed a warm timber batten ceiling with a black negative detail – a feature used in the kitchen and living areas too. This also wraps down the wall behind the bed.”

​​​​​​​A low raw concrete nib wall provides some bathroom, floor, flooring, interior design, tile, gray, master suite, Kirsty Davis, vanity, shower
​​​​​​​A low raw concrete nib wall provides some privacy for the toilet area behind the door in this master ensuite. The 80mm-thick mitred Caesarstone vanity top is consistent with the kitchen benchtop and vanity tops in the other bathrooms in the house – all designed by Kirsty Davis.

A sliding glass door opens to a native planted area, while the rest of the room is all white, with little remaining wall space.

In the ensuite, the use of concrete continues with a heated, polished concrete floor and low privacy wall beside the toilet.

Lightly patterned tiles extend the grey theme, with those on the back wall of the shower being a slightly dark shade than on the other walls.

Here, the hard materials are again softened with timber slats – this time forming the shower base.

“Though these spaces do have hard, cold materials, the timber drastically changes the effect by adding warmth.”

Credit list

Kirsty Davis, Kirsty Davis Kitchen Design
Caesarstone Raven by Shane Boyd Granite
Methven Surface tapware
Shower glass Canterbury Glass
Vivo wall face toilet
Tiles by Reptiles; concrete tilt slab formed panels by Freeman Ball Developments
Fransden Ball pendants
Underfloor heating
Radiant Central Heating,
Weathermaster roller black-out blinds
Bedroom sideboard
Preston Gray Kitchens
Vanity cabinetry
Hagley Kitchens
Istone top mount rectangular basin from Litt Plumbing
Emerge freestanding bath from Litt Plumbing
Shower fittings
Senso slider, Vibrant Ultra Rainhead
Polished concrete by Freeman Ball Developments; carpet by Dominion Flooring
Reptiles, Cemento Ash Grey and Ash Charcoal
Hot water systems
Rinnai gas
Walk-in wardrobe cabinetry
Hagley Kitchens
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathroom Suite – Winner

Story by: Paul Taylor

Photography by: Anthony Turnham

07 Feb, 2019

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