The Livable bathroom
The Space no longer has a collection of small unusable rooms, this master suite has been transformed into a space befitting of a luxury penthouse. The flow created between the sleeping, bathing and dressing zones makes using the space effortless. Seamless porcelain wall cladding creates a backdrop that highlights the natural metal, stone and timber used in the fixtures and fittings.
BEFORE & AFTER Brisbane CBD Bathroom Renovation
Brisbane CBD Bathroom Renovation
Laser Cut Screens define this Bathroom Space whilst maintaining open plan
Suspended Bathroom Vanity in the Brisbane Bathroom Renovation
2017 HIA Queensland Bathroom Design of the Year
A Stepped Ledge - Conceals all shampoos from view in this Brisbane Bathroom Renovation
Seamless Large Format Porcelain tile/sheets clad to the bathroom walls
An Open Plan Bathroom to the Master Bedroom
Full length Mirrors give this Master Wardrobe the appearance of a larger space.
- Consideration to all adjoining rooms within the suite whilst planning spaces
- Incorporation of curves into the space to complement the fixtures and assist to transition between spaces
- Curved half Shower Wall, to enable the existing Floor Wastes to be used, providing space around the radius for Two Shower heads not possible from a straight wall
- Integration between all Spaces and Adjoining rooms
- Appropriate placement of Shower Mixer to be able to control temperature without getting wet.
- Custom Designed Pattern Privacy Screens with bronze powdercoat to help define spaces and provide privacy
- Large Format Neolith Porcelain Tile Sheets to Walls for Easy Cleaning imported from Spain for this project
- Large Format Neolith Porcelain Tile Sheets Mitred to all corner Junctions
- Solid Surface Graphite Apaiser Eclipse Vanity basins, Hand made and imported from Indonesia
- Solid Surface Graphite Apaiser Eclipse Bath, Hand made and imported from Indonesia
- Oil Rubbed Bronze Australian Made Monsoon Shower Columns ‐ Custom Designed and plated to our Specifications
- Oil Rubbed Bronze Australian Made other tap ware including Bath Filler and Wall Basin Sets
- Oil Rubbed Bronze Australian Made Accessories including Double Rails, Robe Hooks and Toilet Roll Holders
- No handles to maintain a Minimalist look
- Hand Selected rough sawn Live Edge Silky Oak Feature Bath Plinth to help raise the height to obtain bath drainage and soften the harsh finishes
- Hand Selected rough sawn Live Edge Silky Oak Feature Vanity Benchtops to soften the other harsh project finishes
- Antique Brass Planters imported from the UK (positioned to wall behind the freestanding bath) to soften the Hard porcelain surfaces
- Black Matt Suspended Toilet Suite for Easy Cleaning
- Travertine Tiles to the bathroom Floors ‐ Filled, honed and sealed for easy maintenance
- Travertine Mosaic Tiles made from floor tiles to half shower wall.
- Step provided to the top of half Shower wall to create a visual Screen and provide easily accessible access to cleaning aids whilst in the shower
- Designer Coloured Internal Carcasses to all joinery
- Mirrors incorporated to the end wardrobe doors to provide a full a length mirror and give the illusion of a bigger space.
- Storage behind Vanity Mirror doors to provide storage for all tall grooming aids
- Mechanical Ventilation provided above toilet / shower to extract steam and smells
- Coffered Ceiling above the shower Recess to utilise available ceiling space due to this unit being on the top floor
- Incorporation of LED lighting in the coffered ceiling above shower recess to illuminate the space both day and night
- Vanity Storage Cabinets Edge light to provide accent light and assist with application of make up
- Appropriate placement to smoke detectors once ceilings changed to meet Fire Regulations
- Blum Orion Grey Legrabox box Touch open Drawers system to all joinery
- Lincoln Sentry Gollinucci Drawer Organisation to vanity Drawers
Style of Home
Description of the Apartment
- 3 Bedroom 2 bathroom inner city high rise apartment built in 2004
- 38th floor Medium sized Penthouse
- Extensive Stunning views of the Brisbane CBD and two reaches of the river
- Living spaces and bedroom open to balcony facing east
- Aluminium Frame Windows with Sliding doors to the expansive Balconies.
Design / Client Brief
- Renovate the entire Apartment with the flexibility to move walls to make spaces larger where required
- Master Suite to be open plan with defined areas
- A Larger master suite to be able to retreat and unwind at the end of the day
- Larger Space and If possible Dual Showers
- If Possible the incorporation of a Freestanding Bath
- Luxurious space with elements and finishes to reflect their travels of Morocco.
- Shoes Storage for Mens and Womens Casual and Formal Shoes
- Increase clothes Storage
- Effective Storage solutions for Grooming aids
- Effective Lighting Solution
- Incorporation of a full length mirror
- Easy Clean and maintenance Surfaces
Design Obstacles/ Project Challenges
- Due to the location of this apartment on the 38th Floor drainage could not be moved or relocated. The entire master suite needed to planed and designed around fixed locations of these services
- Once the newly designed spaces had been planned, consideration needed to be given to relocation of fire sprinklers and meeting Australian Standards and Queensland Building Fire Safety Regulations
- Consideration to the selection of materials , fixtures and fittings needed to be carefully considered due the apartments 38th floor location. Materials, fixtures and fittings needed to fit into existing maintenance lifts
This project required the careful consideration of all adjoining spaces. The existing space was a collection of small rooms that did not create any flow or functionality between them. Existing door opens were removed and walls were moved to increase the size and create flow. The redistribution of less utilised space in adjoining living areas was required to achieve a master suite that would enhance the lifestyle of apartment’s owners.
As the apartment was located on the top floor, Sublime Architectural Interiors were able to utilise the substantial ceiling void available and raise the height of the ceiling in both the bathroom and wardrobe. A coffered ceiling was created above the shower area to conceal mechanical ventilation from view and to provide a well lit shower space.
The position of existing floor wastes are always a major factor when redesigning an existing bathroom in an apartment. A stepped curved shower wall was incorporated into this design to allow for two shower heads to be positioned around a radius whilst maintaining the fixed waste position. The step to the wall conceals soaps and shampoos from view.
Storage always has a high ticket price in a master suite, therefore the opportunity arose to reallocate space from the adjoining dining room to increase the footprint of the wardrobe to provide more storage to the master suite. Mirror doors were positioned at the end of the space to create an illusion of increased depth and provide a full length mirror for dressing.
The wall between the bathroom and wardrobe was shifted to provide a larger entry from the bedroom to the robe, whilst also creating increased depth for shoe storage. By moving this wall the vanity waste positions can be concealed under the wardrobe kickboard.
The vanity is suspended off the floor, providing an illusion of more space. The drawers provide storage for cosmetic items whilst the mirror clad joinery above stores all grooming and bathing items. The mirror also magnifies the light and projects it back into the space.
Large format porcelain tiles are used to clad the wet area walls and provide the home owners with an easy care, low maintenance space. The mitred joins in the panels create a seamless look throughout, and with no visible tile joins, the space appears larger.
Cladding a bathing space in this way brings a real sense of luxury to the design. The richness in the metallic tones found in the porcelain emphasise this further. Matching these elements seamlessly is the richly toned Platinum Travertine floor tiles. They are not only durable but complement and balance the finish choices. Travertine mosaics enable the curved wall to be tiled and by blending with the floors, it allows the custom made shower heads to be the focal point.
A sense of luxury has been achieved by the inclusion of the handcrafted and plated, aged bronze fittings. The aged bronze brings out the warm copper tones in the Neolith wall panels and travertine floor tiles, complementing the design elements throughout the space.
The subtle lines and shapes of the freestanding stone composite bath and matching vanity basins have been used to enhance the open plan between areas. Softening the hard surfaces found throughout the space, are the organic elements of the lightly stained Silky Oak timber, with living edge, vanity and curved bath plinth plus the foliage found in the imported bronze wall planters.
Energy efficient LED lighting has been incorporated throughout the space to highlight and accent design elements whilst creating an illumination for all tasks completed in the space.
The powder coated bronzed laser cut screens bring another visual and functional layer to the design. The apartment owners have extensively travelled through Morocco and wanted to reference their travels through the space. So together with the colour palette, a Moroccan pattern to the screens was chosen. These screens also provide a soft visual buffer from the entrance to the suite as well as between the sleeping and bathing zones.
Combinations of elements make this space warm and inviting and a sophisticated sanctuary for the home owners to be able to retreat and unwind at the end of the day.