A family bathroom and master ensuite for a period home in Suffolk

A family bathroom and master ensuite for a period home in Suffolk
May 14, 2019 Richard Hibbert

Owners of a beautiful detached period house in Alphamstone, Suffolk required a new modern family bathroom and master ensuite bathroom.

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Our client’s existing bathrooms were tired and in need of modernisation. The existing bathroom and ensuite had separate toilets, it was decided that both should be knocked through to create larger rooms to work with more space.

The client is a young couple with a baby and therefore they required a family bathroom with a bath for bathing their child. It was decided that to maximise space in the family bathroom that a shower wouldn’t be included in this room. The master ensuite, in comparison, was to include a large shower as well as a bath.

The client asked KSL to design two rooms with a modern, luxurious feel that would make the most of the space available and meet the family’s needs. Before any work could begin on updating the bathrooms, all the floor joists needed replacing so that the floors could be levelled and all the ceilings required rebuilding.

Solution – Family Bathroom

After deciding not to try and cram a shower into the space, the bath was to become the main feature of this room. We suggested an Ashton & Bentley ‘Olympia’ bath because it is set quite low to the floor, making it easier to bathe a baby. To give the bath more prominence in the room we installed it on a step with feature lighting in the step and in the storage niches behind the bath. The bath tap is a  Hansgrohe wall mounted bath filler which creates a waterfall effect.

At the far end of the room the client wanted a double basin. The new bathroom furniture includes a bespoke1800mm wide double drawer vanity unit from Bard & Blackwood with a vanity unit top in Silestone in ‘Eternal Marfil’. Wall mounted basin fillers from Hansgrohe ‘Metropol’ range add some opulence to the room. The LED mirror above includes a de-mister and colour temperature changing lights. On the opposite wall is a Villeroy & Boch Subway 2.0 wall hung WC.

We used Porcelanosa tiles throughout. The feature tiles behind the basin and in the bath niches are metal rose gold mosaic tiles. Everywhere else in the room we used ‘Venice Mirage’ tiles which are earthy in tone, tying in with the rose gold mosaic tiles and making the room feel warm.

The stainless steel JIS towel rail radiator completes the room providing ample space for hanging towels and providing a source of heat for the room. Additional heat is provided by underfloor heating which is required due to the size of the room and high ceiling, as well as adding luxurious feel under foot.

Solution – Master Ensuite

As this room was big and airy there was enough space for both a large shower and a bath. The shower has a 1400mm x 900mm wetroom floor with slimline waste and glass enclosure. The square fixed showerhead is from Crosswater and also includes a riser kit so the shower head above is optional. The slimline shower valve offers a nice sleek finish.

The tiles inside the shower enclosure are stunning herringbone mosaic tiles from Porcelanosa.

The slipper bath is Ashton & Bentley ‘Isis’ bath. It also has a wall mounted waterfall filler from Hansgrohe to add to the luxurious feel of the room.

The new bathroom furniture includes a vanity unit from the The Bathroom Furniture Company with a copper fleck vanity top. The splashback tiles behind the sink are the same colour as the herringbone mosaic tiles in the shower enclosure but with a brick effect.

The basin from the same ‘Isis’ range of the bath is circular which matches the circular HiB mirror above. A second circular mirror is hung above the bath. The HiB circular mirrors include dimmable light surround and offers colour temperature changing ambient LED lighting.

The WC is tucked around a corner, keeping it hidden from immediate view as you come into the room. We also changed the door to include a glass panel to allow natural light into the adjoining dressing room.

We installed a matching JIS radiator towel rail to the new family bathroom and also added underfloor heating. The gloss floor tiles are from Porcelanosa’s ‘Olimpo’ range.

“It’s great to hear that the client is so happy with their new bathrooms. I like the fact that ‘her’ favourite room is the master ensuite, but ‘his’ favourite is the family bathroom. This project was a lot of hard work, but the end result is just stunning.”

– Rebecca Brown

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