‘Our exotic oasis’
A Jo’burg couple took inspiration from Morocco and turned their bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary.
Our bathroom feels like an escape to a faraway place.
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.