Room with a view

Modern and classic features merge in this renovated ensuite, designed to relate to the 1930s home
Story by: Camille Butler
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A view of the ensuite area before it was renovated.

Modern homes are usually designed with practicality in mind hence the prevalence of ensuite bathrooms.

The ensuite shown here was previously a dressing room adjoining the master bedroom but convenience called for change. The 1930s architecture of the two-storey home is rich in detail, with curved archways, a stately staircase and a herringbone-patterned external feature wall. Designer Chris Tullett of Zimmermann Bathrooms presented the homeowners with a proposal that combined contemporary style with Art Deco elements of the existing house.

The square room is divided by a curved wall that separates the shower and vanity areas. Tullett says this and other curved features provide strong links to the Art Deco style.


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A view of the master ensuite, tiled floors and walls, mirrors, lights, wooden cabinetry, marble benchtop, chrome tapware, white basin and toilet, glass shower stall.

"A circular basin echoes the curved wall. And an alcove above the vanity borrows its shape and detail from a window that is prominent in the staircase area."

Another alcove provides a decorative space above the toilet. Tiles on the back wall of these nooks are laid in a herringbone pattern, providing a connection to an exterior wall. The balcony further enhances this relationship between indoors and out.

"Even before renovating, the most prominent feature of the room was the balcony and a view of leafy trees. Using curves and understated colours, the eye is led outdoors," says Tullett.

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A view of the master ensuite, tiled floors and walls, lights, mirrors, chrome tapware, marble benchtops, white basin.

Modern and contemporary materials also feature. For the cabinetry, Tullett specified jarrah Shaker-style panel drawers and doors. The wide drawers accommodate modern needs, while the design harmonises with the antique furniture in the bedroom.

A ledge wall houses plumbing pipes and the toilet cistern. The wall and the vanity benchtop are finished in Calacutta marble. A cantilevered bench seat, down-lit for visual effect, provides a modern feature and a resting spot.

Feb 01, 2008

Credit list

Tiles
Earp Bros
Furniture cabinetry
Jarrah Shaker panel from Kitchen Aid
Shower fittings
Basin
Parisi Scala basin
Toilet
Villeroy & Boch Subway from Bath House
Heater rail
Floor grates
Inc Ware
Accessories
Kubic
Benchtops
Calacutta marble from Allambie Marble Crafts
Timber seat
Solid jarrah
Shower stall
Frameless glass from Exclusive Glass
Tapware
Grohe Atrio
Flush button
Grohedal chrome button
Floor heating
Devi Australia
Flowers
Carol Dell
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