This ensuite's finishes and fittings reflect the home's Cape Cod style

Part of a substantial new seaside home, this internal ensuite is designed to still capture the ocean views

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Open sesame a push of a pocket door opens the master bedroom up to this ensuite. Given the master suites upstairs location, privacy from the street wasnt an issue. The operable shutters, much like the shiplap wall finish in the bedroom, is in keeping with both the Cape Cod style and the seaside setting. The freestanding bathtub is filled by a ceiling pourer, avoiding the need for tricky plumbing into the middle of the room for the taps.

There's a limit even in a house perched right next to the ocean, not every room can enjoy front row access to the sea views. But as this project shows, there's another way.

Classic and elegant, this master suite forms part of a beachside, Cape Cod-style home by house designer Mark Wilson.

"Just as the exterior is true to the iconic American seaside aesthetic with its eyebrow and round windows, dormers, and detailed frieze board mouldings so too is the interior accurate to the style," says Wilson. "Hand-worked cabinets feature in many areas, particularly the kitchen, and this detailed artisanal look extends into the main ensuite with cabinet fronts each comprised of nine pieces of wood.

Positioned at the corner of the house for maximum exposure to the scenery, the master bedroom has panoramic windows on two fronts, while the adjacent day room also enjoys a wall of windows.

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Bifold windows draw back to open this master bedroom to its seaside setting on two sides.

Rather than have an inward-looking, windowless ensuite, Wilson designed the suite so the bathroom's occupants can look out through internal windows to the day room's external windows to the views, and through another window and large wall opening to the bedroom and its views. A pocket slider can close off the ensuite from the bedroom while wooden shutters on both internal windows can be closed for further privacy but most of the time the ocean is on show.

However, exquisite woodworking and access to multiple sea views aren't the only features of this luxurious ensuite.

"The floor, walls and shower stall are finished in intricately veined marble tiles, chosen in a colourway to complement the restrained tones of the off-white cabinetry.

A large, freestanding spa bath takes centre stage in the space. This is filled via a ceiling-mounted tub pourer a novel yet space-saving touch within the design.

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Prime position this generous-sized master bedroom has panoramic windows on two walls. Bifold windows draw back to open the room to its seaside setting on two sides.

Despite its internal positioning the bathroom achieves a surprising lightness.

"Besides gaining natural light from the outer windows, the ensuite has a skylight and the upper walls are painted a powder blue tone. The vanity mirror also plays its part by bouncing light around the room."

Credit list

Bathroom designer
Mark Wilson,
Custom by Fyfe Kitchens
Kohler Ladena basin
Wall and floor tiles
European Ceramics
Inslab concrete heating
Richard Davidson Builders
30mm Carrara marble
Perrin & Rowe
Bath filler
Kohler Laminar Flow
Recessed ceiling Idun LEDs from ESC
Window and door hardware
Windsor Brass

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Intense Photography

13 Jan, 2019

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