DOU­BLE TAKE

A de­sign duo shares sim­i­lar tastes – and the same bath­room at home.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Bathrooms -

When HOME fea­tured your house (Oc­to­ber/Novem­ber 2016), you said de­ci­sion mak­ing was easy for you and Helen, an ar­chi­tect and an in­dus­trial de­signer. Did the same ease ap­ply here?

Yes, we both share sim­i­lar aes­thetic tastes, so there were no dif­fi­cul­ties there.

What was the start­ing point for the ma­te­ri­als you’ve cho­sen?

Ma­te­ri­ally, the bath­room is an ex­ten­sion of rest of the house, so we pulled in the oak cab­i­netry and basalt floor­ing used else­where. Nat­u­ral light, es­pe­cially morn­ing light, was hugely im­por­tant to us and as the bath­room is on the east façade, this wasn’t dif­fi­cult to achieve.

How have you catered for stor­age?

We both wanted a large float­ing van­ity – with­out a stor­age unit be­low, we had to ded­i­cate one of the walls to stor­age. As this wall unit is rel­a­tively large, we could af­ford to make it shal­low in depth, which makes it much eas­ier to use. It’s punc­tu­ated by two square al­coves, one for of­ten-used items and the other is a dis­play re­cess, like a mir­rored jew­ellery box.

How does your en suite dif­fer from the fam­ily bath­room down­stairs?

The pri­mary dif­fer­ence is that the bath­room is de­signed for Helen and me to use at the same time, whereas the main bath­room could af­ford to be a lit­tle more com­pact. The en suite is also open to the bed­room, although a large cav­ity slider can pro­vide clo­sure if need be.

Basin and van­ity Cus­tom-made mar­ble by Gran­ite Work­shop. Cab­i­netry Cus­tom-made oak. Light­ing Halo­gen down­lights. Tap­ware Methven. Tiles Honed grey basalt floor tiles and white ce­ramic wall tiles from Euro­pean Ceram­ics.

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