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A combined shower and tub area saves space in this modest sized ensuite by Bubbles Bathrooms, which also features a vanity with recycled oak drawer fronts in a Corian cabinet

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A tired ensuite with a space-hogging spa was reinvented as a luxury retreat in this project by designer Owen Barnes of Bubble Bathrooms.

"To make the ensuite feel more spacious, we replaced the spa with a wet area combining the shower and new semi-freestanding bath," Barnes says. "A sloping floor and strip drain serve shower and bath, while a raked blade wall keeps the dry area dry."

To achieve the look of a freestanding bath without losing floor space or inadvertently creating hard to reach places to clean, a supporting ledge and pedestal were built out from the wall. The ledge also provides a landing space for soap and shampoo. The niche was built directly into the wall cavity which had to be reinforced with a support beam as this was a structural wall.

Patterned tiles behind the tub are a feature of the ensuite, as are the recycled oak vanity drawers together with the verdigrised bronze table-top sink. The wooden door and mirror surrounds are stained to match the drawers. The mirror has one central static panel while its outer panels open to recessed cabinetry space.

Low energy, low glow LED lighting under the vanity provides a discreet night light.


First published date: 24 May 2017

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Designer Owen Barnes, Bubbles Bathrooms
Vanity Custom, from recycled wood
Shower fittings Methven Minimalist hand shower and Cloud Cover Rainlight Square Shower Rose
Showerscreen Custom frameless rake blade fixed screen
Bath Florence freestanding stone bath
Basin Bronze dish basin with patina finish
Taps Cascade wall bath spout; Paco Jaanson Superbox wall tap set
Tiles Wall – Treverk Grey Porcelain tiles; floor – Fioranese Metalbox Argento porcelain tiles; feature tiles – Shadow Light Porcelain tiles
Toilet Uno wall-hung pan
Lighting Astro Zip LED wall light
Ventilation Linear rectangular exhaust fan
Accessories Avenir Hybrid heated towel ladder