Brief

The client came to me as the layout in their new build house en-suite bathroom just wasn’t working for them, the room was dark and the WC had been enclosed behind stud walls and a frosted glass for privacy but this took up lots of space and left the room feeling small dark and a bit dingy, combined with dark tiles, it significantly impacted the feeling of light and space.

The clients wanted a luxury high end hotel feel to the room with open plan area and a statement bath and marble everywhere! We took the stud walls out, which immediately opened things up. Often the shower will tuck in one corner, but we decided to put it centrally on the wall, leaving the WC partially hidden at one end, and plenty of room for the vanity on the other.

Furniture

The vanity storage is actually Siematic kitchen units wall-hung to achieve a sleek line below. We often use kitchen furniture in our bathrooms. The drawers are deep and the carcases well made.

Surfaces

The Harrisons and I spent hours at the Marble & Granite Centre in Rickmansworth, pouring over beautiful slabs of luxury marble before settling on an elegant Statuarietto. We wanted to go all-out with the marble, including inside the shower and alcoves, so it was really important to get a timeless colour and veining that was easy to live with. The shower base has a honed finish for slip-resistance, while the walls and floors are polished to reflect the light.

Fittings

Initial plans for a walk-in shower were thwarted by the greater need for a powerful rain shower. When the glass guys came to template they couldn’t promise the floor wouldn’t flood so we changed tack to a full enclosure. Sometimes it’s wise to be flexible to get the best results. Designer brassware by Dornbracht strikes the perfect classic-contemporary note and tunes into the boutique hotel vibe.

Lighting and Accessories

The pendant lights above the bath are IP44 rated and fully enclosed to meet safety standards. Crystals inside refract the light for a sparkling effect. Natural daylight LEDs in all the storage alcoves provide a warm light that’s easy on the eye and complexion. We partially inset the mirror cabinet into the wall to provide a neat finish above the basin. It’s nice not to have a cabinet looming out at you while you’re washing.

Total cost of project was £82,809.16

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