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Ensuite renovation has spacious feel despite its long, narrow shape

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Large format porcelain tiles and a combined bath and shower zone help give this bathroom the light, open and clean-lined look the owners wanted

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Space might be the ultimate luxury, but how do you create a luxurious bathroom when space is limited? Especially if the owners want enough room for two people to use it at the same time, a freestanding bath and plenty of storage?

Architect Linda Simons of LSA Architects says two aspects of the design for this ensuite help give it a spacious feel despite its long, narrow shape.

The ensuite is part of a full renovation of a period home in which the original ensuite was tiny and nondescript.

Combining this with space from a small walk-in robe and popping out the side of the building gave a new area of 3.8m x 2.5m, still quite compact, says Simons.

"We achieved the uncluttered look primarily through the choice of tile," she says. "The large format 3m x 1m porcelain tiles gave us really large areas without fussy grout lines."

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And because the marble-look tiles are only 6mm thick and relatively lightweight, they could be used on the vanity top and also fold down onto the cabinet fronts.

"The resulting single colour scheme gives a visual openness to the room. That also comes from breaking down divisions in the bath and shower area."

A single glass panel creates a wet area combining these two zones. Simons says that the overhead shower and position of the handspray reduce water splashing in the space, while the floor is correctly graded to drain water away quickly.

"We then made a feature of the black fittings. They're quite minimalist, but they anchor the different elements in the room."

First published date: 01 November 2017

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Architect LSA
Architects Linda Simons, Bree Thomas
Vanity top Nvy White Nature 3000mm x 1000mm tile from Earp Bros
Basin Moda Cube CUUB15M stone basin with white waste, from ASC Bathrooms
Taps, shower head and shower mixer Astra Walker Icon A69.11.AC in black
Bath Zonda Moda freestanding stone bath with white waste, from ASC Bathrooms
Toilet WC Cube Wall faced Invisi toilet by Caroma
Flooring Seville Grey 6019 600mm x 600mm floor tiles from Earp Bros
Wall tiles Nvy White Nature 3000mm x 1000mm tile from Earp Bros
Towel rails Astra Walker Icon A69.11.AC in black
Lighting Black Bamboo M10 pendant light from Spence and Lyda
Ventilation IXL Ventair with square cover
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathroom – Winner