Marble-look tiles give this master ensuite a luxurious aesthetic

Already generous sized, this restful, opulent bathroom with coastal views maximises a sense of spaciousness in several ways

This master suite has many features to draw the eye, but one of its greatest charms is less visual and more atmospheric – a sense of peace and sheer relaxation.

Securing an Auckland clifftop site looking to Mt Rangitoto began a three year journey for the owners to design and build a luxury, one-level contemporary home in the spectacular location, says designer Jennie Dunlop.

“Their brief to us for the master bathroom was to let the views of the sea and Rangitoto take centre stage – including from the shower. The bathroom was also to have a luxurious, light and airy feel and include hidden storage, a double vanity and a freestanding bath.”

The bathroom was already generous in size and received plenty of natural light.

To build on this – and create a luxurious aesthetic – Dunlop went for a uniform use of veined marble-look tiles on the floors and walls.

Selecting large format tiles minimised grout lines, making for a cleaner aesthetic.

“To balance the environment of cool white stone and to make a feature statement, we designed a wall-length vanity with rich dark smoked oak cabinetry.”

The proportions of the long, deep vanity add to the grandness of the open space. In addition, cantilevering the sizeable element off the wall provides more visible floor space and further adds to the sense of spaciousness and lightness.

“The marble vanity benchtop – matching the veined white tiling – steps up to a ledge,” she says. “This provides the base for two over-sized inset wall cabinets behind large mirror-fronted sliding doors that reflect and enhance the room.”

The wood-lined cabinets provide extensive storage, and include power points.

Of course the mirrors reflect the bathroom, again accentuating the room’s spaciousness.

The walk-in shower is located in a corner of the room that takes in views of Rangitoto. This includes a rainhead and slide shower, providing for an indulgent bathing experience.

Behind the ensuite, the walk-in wardrobe’s oak joinery matches the bathroom cabinetry.

Credit list

Bathroom suite designer
Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design
Calacatta Quartz Lincoln Marble, from SCE Stone & Design
GEA Undermount, from Robertson Bathroomware
Shower stall
Glass Inspired Trading
Elisse MK 2
Calacatta White, from EuropeanCeramics
Mitsubishi Centra, from Fugal
Window treatments
Painted shutters, from NZ Window Shades
Vanity cabinetry
Smoked oak, by Good Kitchens
Terrasa, freestanding, from Robertson Bathroomware
Zuchetti Pan, wall-mounted, from Robertson Bathroomware
Shower fittings
Grohe showerhead with Pan Slide; Elementi Rainhead; Pan mixer; from Robertson Bathroomware
DCS Scarpa heated rails, from Franklins
LED strips, from Good Kitchens; recessed Lights, from Fersa
Underfloor heating
Heating and tiling, from Casa Ceramica
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Designed by: Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

05 Jul, 2020

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