Master suite renovation includes adding a balcony and ensuite on the end of this home

Large windows and doors frame the bush setting in this master bedroom makeover part of a whole house remodel by Bijl Architecture

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Katherine Lu
This private master ensuite addition is finished in architecture, bathroom, bathroom accessory, floor, interior design, product design, room, tile, gray, black
This private master ensuite addition is finished in dark tones, including accessories such as the heated towel rail and even the toilet.

Where do you turn as a renovating architect when the existing master suite doesn't quite meet spatial needs and the existing services are hard to reroute? Well one savvy design response is to build a pop-out on the side of the building.

This comprehensive master suite makeover part of a whole-house renovation by architect Melonie Bayl-Smith took just such a route.

"The reworked master bedroom has stayed loosely in the form it was before. However, we added a wall at one end of the space to create a spacious walk-in wardrobe," says Bayl-Smith. "There had previously been no ensuite and the owners wanted one with a discrete entrance plus the existing plumbing was restrictive."

advertisement


Large windows and doors frame the bush setting bedroom, ceiling, daylighting, estate, home, house, interior design, living room, property, real estate, room, wall, window, gray
Large windows and doors frame the bush setting in this master bedroom makeover part of a whole house rethink by Bijl Architecture. The private master ensuite addition is accessed only from the bedroom.

An old balcony on this corner of the home had been non compliant so the architect elected to replace this with a pop-out comprising the new ensuite and a small balcony. A new pool had also been introduced below adding to the ambience for the small private balcony.

"The addition is clad in Terracade, a fire-resistant, easy-maintenance surface in earthy tones. Low upkeep was a must as the exterior of the extension is hard to reach."

Being up high meant privacy wasn't an issue, so the ensuite has glass at both ends. And by locating it at the outer end of the bedroom, the discrete link required between the master bathroom and master bedroom was assured.

A black vanity and black accessories avoid this architecture, countertop, floor, interior design, kitchen, product design, sink, wall, gray, black
A black vanity and black accessories avoid this ensuite overpowering the bedroom.

"The owners wanted the ensuite to recede rather than draw the eye, so we went for subdued tones, right down to the choice of black accessories and even a black toilet. And of course the black glass Falper vanity is the centrepiece."

Moody charcoal floor tiles and grey wall tiles were chosen for the main space, while the shower stall comprises a play between the two tiles, adding to the sense of space.

Aug 24, 2017

Credit list

Architect
Melonie Bayl-Smith and Vanessa Tang-Lee, Bijl Architecture
Basin
Mare from Rogerseller
Shower fittings
Fantini Mare Shove Minor
Wallcoverings
Porcelain tiles from Academy Tiles
Underfloor heating
Warm Floors
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)
Vanity
Falper Via Veneto from Rogerseller
Taps
Fantini Mare from Rogerseller
Toilet
Paco Jaanson from
Lighting
LED downlights and vanity light
Hot water systems
Rinnai from Reece

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

advertisement

Similar stories

Keep your shower looking good as new

Maintaining a clean shower is no longer an unachievable feat. Keep it looking clean and clear with this ingenious glass protection technology Read more

Contemporary bathroom insertion into heritage space

Modern box-like insertion with mirror exterior reflects heritage surroundings in renovation by Architect Prineas Read more

Latest books

Home Trends 3403

The design of our homes – new or renovated – should be an individualistic response to our lifestyle, family set-up and budget. But there are also common requirements we should all aim for – a balance of public and private space... Read more

Home Trends 3401

If you're designing a bathroom for a new home or renovating your existing one, you'll quickly discover how involved the process can be.It's not only the challenge of how to fit the different functional zones into the often limi... Read more

Home Trends 3307

While we might all have ideas for the home design that we want, consulting a good architect or designer will also open us up to other design possibilities that we haven't thought of.To help get you started on creating the home ... Read more

Related profiles

Five Star Bathrooms

The one stop shop for bathrooms - Design, repair & installation Auckland wide Read more

Heirloom International Ltd

Heirloom International is a long established and leading manufacturer and distributor of bathroom products. Read more

Architecture Smith + Scully

Architecture Smith + Scully is an award-winning, New Zealand Institute of Architects registered practice. We aim to create contemporary architecture that enhances and enlightens our clients’ daily lives with engagi... Read more