Bathroom Renovations

Before & after: Ensuite surprise

The challenge of incorporating an ensuite into an open-plan expanse creates a bathroom with a difference
Shania Shegedyn

The challenge for architect Leon Moulton was to incorporate a bathroom into an open-plan space that has a bedroom at one end a home office at the other – without compromising the zone’s airy feel. “The ensuite had to create privacy without stopping light travelling through,” says Leon. “We also didn’t want to close it into smaller rooms and ruin the feeling of space.” The solution? A three-sided translucent glass cube that contains all the elements for a fully stocked bathroom, including a custom floating vanity with a mirrored cabinet on castors underneath and a large stretch of mirror above, helping to bounce around natural light and enhance the room’s sense of space.

Bath (Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

“We felt a bit of romance was needed, that’s why we used a traditional clawfoot bath,” explains Leon. A floor-mounted Sussex ‘Pol’ bath mixer, from Reece, allows the plumbing to be run back under the floor into the vanity area. 


Shower (Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

The custom-made shower cubicle is made from toughened glass on a Corian base. “It’s raised so it contains the plumbing and we could keep the polished floorboards throughout,” says Leon. The shower – actually an external pool shower – is self-contained, too, so there’s no need for taps or pipes to be run through the glass.

Vanity (Credit: Shania Shegedyn)

Easy-care Corian in Antarctica was used to create the floating vanity top, which stretches the width of the ensuite, while a wall-hung toilet is tucked away discreetly at the far end. The White Stone ‘Hox’ semi-recessed basin is paired with a Sussex ‘Pol’ straight basin mixer. 

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