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‘Our exotic oasis’

A Jo’burg couple took inspiratio­n from Morocco and turned their bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary.

- By Amanda van Wyngaardt • Photograph­s Elza Cooper

Our bathroom feels like an escape to a faraway place.

– Carmel

CCarmel and David Ives’ dream bathroom had long been envisioned as a calm and peaceful retreat. The couple love the Moroccan look, a theme repeated throughout their house, so when the time was ripe to give their en-suite bathroom a much-needed makeover, they once again took their cues from this alluring country. “We wanted something out of the ordinary,” says Carmel.

“But the space was very small, with insufficie­nt room for a bath and a shower.” So the Ives made a plan, in true hammam style: they created a combinatio­n shower and bath reminiscen­t of a spa where they can luxuriate in clouds of steam.

They roped in the help of Sachar Pistorius of Urban Abbey Constructi­on, who converted the toilet and a small shower cubicle (previously a separate loo) into a spacious built-in bath/shower combo with steps leading up to it. The bath was constructe­d with bricks, waterproof­ed and then plastered to form the shape. The final step was screeding it.

The vertical windows above the basins were replaced with a single, narrow, horizontal window. Another large window in the shower creates a refreshing ‘outdoor’ feel. A floating vanity constructe­d from lintels and concrete was made to fit double basins.

The couple couldn’t find matching Moroccan mirrors, but Sachar convinced Carmel to go for two in different but complement­ary styles; one is more feminine and the other one masculine.

 ??  ?? WHO LIVES HERE?Carmel and David IvesWHERE Bryanston, Johannesbu­rgSIZE 8m²
WHO LIVES HERE?Carmel and David IvesWHERE Bryanston, Johannesbu­rgSIZE 8m²
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Rustic wooden furniture adds texture to the otherwise sleek interior.
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The shower is now above the bath.
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The spouts and basins are made of recycled aluminium.
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Carmel found these Moroccan lanterns and mirrors at Moroccan House in Pretoria.
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