This ensuite renovation resulted in a space designed for a wellness lifestyle

A black toilet suite, charcoal designer tiles, wood-look elements and a steam room all feature in this master ensuite makeover

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Steve Ryan
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A built-out half wall concealing services and creating a utility shelf is continued into the shower in this bathroom makeover the design is similar to that seen in the penthouses reinvented ensuite except with white sinks instead of black.

The word penthouse conjures a picture of the very best of everything. However, prior to this top-floor unit's ensuite renovation, the room had looked reasonably average. Designer Kim Duffin undertook the bathroom's comprehensive rethink.

"The existing space had been enclosed and housed a tub, single vanity, a small shower and a toilet all lacking a sense of luxury," Duffin says. "In its place, the owners wanted a modern ensuite that reflected their wellness lifestyle."

The new design was to incorporate a steam and shower room that would allow the user to look out to the master bedroom and city views.

"An early obstacle was the need to relocate the services from fixed drainage points."

Duffin says the ensuite's existing window sill led a design stroke that served several uses including addressing the services.


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On this project by designer Kim Duffin, a built-out half wall in the main bathroom area is continued into the shower-cum-steam cubicle. The utility niche is backed with charcoal-coloured glass and lit with low energy LEDs for visual impact.

"We introduced a half wall reaching up to the sill's height and continued this around to the vanity wall and on into the new glass combined shower and steam shower enclosure, positioned where the bath had been."

Under the window, the wall conceals the toilet cistern and suspends the black toilet pan. Then, on the adjacent wall, it hides the relocated pipework that serves the vanity and shower."

The top of the wall provides a utility ledge for the vanities and for soaps and shampoos in the steam-shower enclosure.

The space between the ledge and mirrored wall cabinets above, forms a niche. Charcoal glass lines this, accentuated by diffused LED lighting. The mirrors add to the sense of space.

Duffin cut out a section of the wall between the bathroom and the rest of the suite creating a glass corner that looks across the bedroom to the city views beyond and brings in added light.

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The steam unit in the corner provides a clue as to this glass shower cubicles dual role all part of a pampering, wellness feel in this luxury penthouse ensuite by designer Kim Duffin.

"When installing a steam shower, the ceiling inside the enclosed space needs to be raked at a specific angle so condensation runs off into the drain without dripping on the user again this was tricky in the tight apartment environment."

The combined matt black fixtures, charcoal wall and hexagon feature tiles and LED-lit niche create a sense of luxury. The predominant grey-black tones are complemented by the warmth of the vanity and wood-look tile floors.

"We chose the custom wall tiles and the pattern to be added to those on the half wall then the plain and patterned tiles were fired together, for a perfect colour match," says Duffin.

Apr 20, 2017

Credit list

Bathroom designer
Kim Duffin, Sublime Architectural Interiors
Wall tiles
Custom ceramic wall tiles, plain Zero Charcoal, and patterned, Geo Charcoal by Southern Cross Ceramics, from Metro Tiles
Vanity
Lamiwood finished in 2-pac polyurethane from Platinum Polyurethane
Basin
Above Counter Basin in Matte Black by Studio Bagno from Reece
Cabinet doors
Vinyl-backed mirrors from Logan Glass
Steam shower
Effegibi Aqua SteamComplete 45 from Rogerseller
Showerhead
Vivid Twin Shower, matt black, by Phoenix Bathware from Reece
Steam room seat
Stainless steel brackets and wood seat
Flush plate
Sigma 50, matt black with chrome buttons, by Geberit from Reece
Toilet roll holder
Chrome by Phoenix Bathware from Reece
Floor
Timber plank-look floor tile, Nuances Rovere, by FAP Ceramics from Metro Tiles
Niche splashback
Toughened glass from Glass Backsplash Company
Vanity benchtop
Ravine/Sepia Oak from Polytec
Basin tapware
Bliss Basin Mixer by Mizu from Reece
Cabinetry hardware
Tandembox Intivo softclose drawer system by Blum from Lincoln Sentry
Shower glass
Toughened glass from Euroglass
Shower mixer
Bliss Shower Mixer, chrome, by Mizu from Reece
Toilet
Nicole wall-hung pan and seat in Matt Black by Studio Bagno from Reece
Cistern
Geberit from Reece
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