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This master suite combines natural materials with a chance to get closer to nature itself

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The size of an already spacious ensuite bathroom is accentuated still more when two walls – and the ceiling – can be opened up to reveal the scenery and the stars.

This master suite stands at the end of one of two butterfly wings that comprise a substantial home created by architectural designer Cameron Cotton.

"The owners wanted the bathroom to feel removed from the rest of the home, and to have a natural, open aesthetic," says Cotton. "We achieved a connection to the outdoors with large sliding doors, tinted for privacy, and the addition of a louvre system in the ceiling above the tub. A two-way fireplace provides a visual connection to the master bedroom."

Materials add to the open-air feel. Rustic quartz is used as feature exterior cladding and as the finish for both sides of the interior wall of the fireplace. A wood vanity and black pebble surfaces in the shower contribute more touches of nature.

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First published date: 07 May 2010

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Architectural designer Cameron Cotton ADNZ, Design & Light (Mt Maunganui)
Lighting design Ingrid Cotton, Design & Light
Builder Adrian Kelly
Cladding Alucomat from Symonite
Windows Tasman Commercial Range
Louvres Louvretec from Sunshield Louvres
Fire Two-way fire from Landscape Elements
Walls Rustic quartz from Island Stone, Gem Grey tiles
Lighting Prolux
Bath Spa bath
Basin Keramag Emani from Mico
Taps Nova basin mixer wall from Waterware
Floors Gem Anthracite, honed
Awards ADNZ National Bathroom Award 2009