Modest-sized master suite features hand-crafted vanity, mirror and bedside tables

Concealed door opens to the ensuite, where a raised blind reveals a private garden for the eyes of bathroom occupants only

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Mark Frazerhurst
Room with a view – a private view architecture, door, glass, house, interior design, window, gray, black
Room with a view – a private view that is. This master ensuite, by whole-house architect Mark Frazerhurst, opens to a private garden via a triple-pane sliding door.

A modest footprint doesn’t mean a bathroom has to lack impact, as this project demonstrates. 

Architect Mark Frazerhurst designed the one-bedroom home that includes this master suite for his parents.

“The house is named ‘folding house’ due to its overall external and internal shaped forms – and for its underlying concept,” says Frazerhurst. “And I continued this theme into the master bathroom on the custom vanity, with its folded cabinetry.

”The vanity has a laminate countertop and is underlit, highlighting its sculptural quality and providing a night light for the master suite."

Frazerhurst also designed and constructed other hand-crafted elements, for the suite.

The batten wall in the bedroom includes a concealed door in the same finish leading into the ensuite. From the front door, you can see into the bedroom but the batten wall conceals the ensuite."

Other hand-worked elements include the angled, butt-jointed aluminium-framed bathroom mirror and the wall-hung bedside tables. “Continuing the glass shower stall right up to the ceiling, avoids a clutter of horizontal lines just above eye-level and brings a sense of space to the bathroom. This approach also contains condensation and steam within the shower.

While the shower takes up one outer corner of the ensuite, the freestanding tub takes pride of place at the other outer, fully glazed, corner. This arrangement, together with the concealed entry, is another surprise element in the bathroom. With the wall-height privacy blind raised, the bathtub’s occupant looks directly out to a private garden, only visible from the ensuite. A triple-panel sliding door also allows direct access to this tucked-away outdoor space. 

The palette in the bathroom is predominantly monochromatic, with the grain in the various wood elements, the black vanity countertop, black wall niche in the shower area and the blind providing contrasting highlights.“I chose the visually recessive white subway tile as a quiet way to add texture, with the tiles and white grout almost indistinguishable.

”The understated wall tiles are contrasted with large-format porcelain floor tiles that have the look of stone. These are laid in a third off-set pattern and match the use of the same tile elsewhere in the home."

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May 07, 2018

Credit list

Vanity cabinetry
Custom in plywood
Cabinetmaker
Sam James Designed
Taps
Grohe Lineare from Paterson
Floor-mounted bath pourer
Grohe Essentials
Shower fittings
Grohe Euphoria
Flooring
Ensuite – Mirage Quarziti porcelain tile from SCE Stone & Design; bedroom – Cavalier Bremworth carpet from Carpet Court
Lighting
Hafele Loox, Ablevel Silicon from Clever Design Store, Kilo downlight from Valente
Hot water systems
Rinnai Infinity continuous gas
Blinds
Weathermaster roller blind from NZ Window Shades
Architect
Mark Frazerhurst, Mark Frazerhurst Architects
Countertop
Plytech Futura Black
Basin
Villeroy and Boch Loop vessel from Paterson
Bath
Ava by Plumbline
Shower stall
Custom, glazing by Euroglass
Toilet
Villeroy and Boch Subway, wall hung, from Paterson
Wallcoverings
Ensuite – wall tiles from Jacobsen; bedroom – Birch Ply from Plytech and GIB wallboard
Ventilation
Manrose in-line extractor, with custom grill from Holyoake
Windows and doors
APL Metro Series triple-panel sliding door
Awards
Trends International Design AwardsBathroom suite – Winner

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