Master suite design integrates bedroom, closet, dressing area and bathroom

Modern bathroom with wooden cabinetry, Laufen vanity and limestone floor opens to a balcony landscaped for privacy

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Sliding pocket doors between this master bedroom and ensuite give the flexibility to have the two rooms closed off or opened up.

Just as the kitchen has become part of our wider living space, so bathrooms are no longer being considered in isolation or as self-contained rooms.

More and more, bathrooms are being designed as part of a suite of spaces, linked to the bedroom, closet and dressing area.

The suite shown here is on the second storey of a new coastal home designed by architect Gary Banham, and is a great example of the integration of spaces.

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The storage in this ensuite bathroom is on a side wall. As a result, the vanity can be reduced to a simple, open structure rather than the usual box-like design. The design is by Banham Architects.

The bedroom faces due west and so takes advantage of the wide ocean views, but has blackout blinds to control the amount of light or sun coming through the expansive windows.

In keeping with the other interiors in the house, cabinetry in the master suite is designed to extend between different areas. So the headboard and bedroom cabinetry connect seamlessly to storage in the closet and dressing room.

A sliding pocket door gives flexibility to the space the bedroom can either be open to the rest of the suite or closed off to provide more privacy.

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As with the rest of the house, cabinetry is custom designed to be an integral part of the main suite.

The closet area leads to the ensuite bathroom, which opens onto a balcony. This has been landscaped for privacy and also screens neighbouring roofs.

The bathroom itself has been kept as simple and uncluttered as possible. For example, providing storage on a side wall meant that there was no need for a bulky, box-like vanity, and the pared-back space also allowed seating to be included.

To counter hot summer temperatures, the bathroom includes louvre windows to encourage cross ventilation.

Credit list

Gary Banham, Steeg Banham, Banham Architects
Saltino Capri limestone from Attica
Halo Lighting
Villeroy & Boch
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
AWS; Harrexs Glass & Glazing
Villeroy & Boch
Mandurah Curtain Gallery

Story by: Paul Taylor

28 Jul, 2015

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