Renovated master suite with exposed brick fireplace, contemporary cabinets

Traditional villa master suite renovation with new wall of cabinets, brick fireplace, light shaft in master bathroom, wall-hung vanity

Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Jamie Cobel47129
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The original double-sided fireplace in this renovated villa has been retained and is now a feature of the master suite. The design is by architect Chris Holmes of CAAHT Studio Architects.

Traditional villa-style homes in older areas where there is a conservation overlay can make renovations challenging.

But heritage requirements can also turn potential negatives into positives as this project demonstrates.

Architect Chris Holmes of CAAHT Studio Architects says the master suite was probably a bedroom or living area in the original house it has a double-sided fireplace on an internal wall.

"At some stage in the 1980s the fireplace was exposed and painted white. Because the local heritage requirements demand that the top of the chimney remains unaltered on the outside of the house, it was easier to keep the fireplace, than rebuild a new structure within the roof to support the bit on top."


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Futura plywood with an exposed endgrain defines the edges of the cantilevered vanity in this master bathroom. The woodgrain has a subtle warmth that complements the exposed brick. The design is by architect Chris Holmes of CAAHT Studio Architects.

Holmes says the space was gutted and the white paint soda-blasted off the bricks.

"The bricks have a visual warmth and a rough texture that introduce a rustic feel. This contrasts the sleek, contemporary look of the bank of cabinets that line one entire wall of the bedroom. The owners, who worked closely with our team on the design, enjoy the juxtaposition and the sense of history provided by the fireplace."

To retain the proportions of the room visually, the cabinets stop short of the ceiling and there is LED uplighting above.

"The eye reads the room as being the size of the original space," says Holmes. "This means the symmetry is maintained in respect of the centred positions of both the fireplace and the bay window."

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The original double-sided fireplace in this renovated villa has been retained and is now a feature of the master suite. The design is by architect Chris Holmes of CAAHT Studio Architects.

In the ensuite bathroom, the other side of the fireplace incorporates glass shelving, which offers another juxtaposition of light versus heavy and modern versus traditional."

Here both light and space have been maximised. A low ceiling compresses the entry, containing the area around the vanity. But a new shaft that extends up to a skylight on the gabled roof explodes the rest of the space visually, creating a light-filled void above the shower.

"The skylight relieves an otherwise very tight space," Holmes says. "This end of the room is bathed in natural light by day, and by night you can see the stars. It is further defined by a change in the wall tiles. Subway tiles signal the shower as a wet room and reinforce the verticality."

Jun 30, 2015

Credit list

Architect
Chris Holmes, CAAHT Studio Architects (Auckland)
Cabinetmaker
Haute Design
Basin
Victoria + Albert Napoli vessel basin from Robertsons
Shower stall
Haynes Glass
Toilet
Parisi Envy from Robertsons
Mirror
Haynes Glass
Tiles
Heritage Tiles
Bathroom ventilation
Rinnai I-Heat and Simx Extracts
Blinds
Kresta Blinds
Bedroom fan
Big Ass Fans
Builder
Watt Building
Vanity top
Plytech Futura HPL Plywood
Taps
Hansa Hansastela
Shower fittings
Grohe
Heated towel rail
Vega
Towel hooks and toilet roll holder
Emco Loft
Lighting
LightPlan
Hot water system
Rinnai
Drapes
Linen by seamstress Mei Huang
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
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