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Modest-sized master suite features hand-crafted vanity, mirror and bedside tables

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Concealed door opens to the ensuite, where a raised blind reveals a private garden for the eyes of bathroom occupants only

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A modest footprint doesn’t mean a bathroom has to lack impact, as this project demonstrates. Architect Mark Frazerhurst designed the one-bedroom home that includes this master suite for his parents.

“The house is named ‘folding house’ due to its overall external and internal shaped forms – and for its underlying concept,” says Frazerhurst. “And I continued this theme into the master bathroom on the custom vanity, with its folded cabinetry.”
The vanity has a laminate countertop and is underlit, highlighting its sculptural quality and providing a night light for the master suite.

Frazerhurst also designed and constructed other hand-crafted elements, for the suite.

“The batten wall in the bedroom includes a concealed door in the same finish leading into the ensuite. From the front door, you can see into the bedroom but the batten wall conceals the ensuite,” he says.

Other hand-worked elements include the angled, butt-jointed aluminium-framed bathroom mirror and the wall-hung bedside tables.


“Continuing the glass shower stall right up to the ceiling, avoids a clutter of horizontal lines just above eye-level and brings a sense of space to the bathroom. This approach also contains condensation and steam within the shower.”

While the shower takes up one outer corner of the ensuite, the freestanding tub takes pride of place at the other outer, fully glazed, corner. This arrangement, together with the concealed entry, is another surprise element in the bathroom. With the wall-height privacy blind raised, the bathtub’s occupant looks directly out to a private garden, only visible from the ensuite. A triple-panel sliding door also allows direct access to this tucked-away outdoor space.

The palette in the bathroom is predominantly monochromatic, with the grain in the various wood elements, the black vanity countertop, black wall niche in the shower area and the blind providing contrasting highlights.

“I chose the visually recessive white subway tile as a quiet way to add texture, with the tiles and white grout almost indistinguishable.”

The understated wall tiles are contrasted with large-format porcelain floor tiles that have the look of stone. These are laid in a third off-set pattern and match the use of the same tile elsewhere in the home.

First published date: 07 May 2018

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Credit List

Architect: Mark Frazerhurst, Mark Frazerhurst Architects
Vanity cabinetry: Custom in plywood
Countertop: Plytech Futura Black
Cabinetmaker: Sam James Designed
Basin: Villeroy and Boch Loop vessel from Paterson
Taps: Grohe Lineare from Paterson
Bath: Ava by Plumbline
Floor-mounted bath pourer: Grohe Essentials
Shower stall: Custom, glazing by Euroglass
Shower fittings: Grohe Euphoria
Toilet: Villeroy and Boch Subway, wall hung, from Paterson
Flooring: Ensuite – Mirage Quarziti porcelain tile from SCE Stone & Design; bedroom – Cavalier Bremworth carpet from Carpet Court
Wallcoverings: Ensuite – wall tiles from Jacobsen; bedroom – Birch Ply from Plytech and GIB wallboard
Lighting: Hafele Loox, Ablevel Silicon from Clever Design Store, Kilo downlight from Valente
Ventilation: Manrose in-line extractor, with custom grill from Holyoake
Hot water systems: Rinnai Infinity continuous gas
Windows and doors: APL Metro Series triple-panel sliding door
Blinds: Weathermaster roller blind from NZ Window Shades
Awards: Trends International Design Awards Bathroom suite – Winner