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Don’t set­tle for a bog stan­dard bed­room, says Brooks. Get comfy us­ing a whole floor as a sanc­tu­ary

They started off as a rar­ity, and turned into a req­ui­site: an en suite to com­ple­ment the mas­ter bed­room is bog stan­dard th­ese days. But while we may have pre­vi­ously been happy with our cup­board-like shower and space-sav­ing loo, the en suite – and in­deed, the en­tire mas­ter bed­room – is start­ing to turn into an op­u­lent place of es­cape, day or night.

Lon­don-based ar­chi­tect Paul Archer has coined the phrase “su­per­mas­ter bed­room suite” to de­scribe this trend. He de­fines it as “the slightly ex­trav­a­gant use of floor area in a fam­ily home. I found that clients were per­fectly happy to sac­ri­fice a bed­room to get a big­ger pri­vate space that’s just for them­selves.”

An ex­trav­a­gant en suite has moved rapidly up the wish list, both in terms of space and spec, along with an over­all in­crease in size of the whole mas­ter suite, to in­clude spa­ces for dress­ing, work­ing and re­lax­ing. Archer puts it down partly to the in­flu­ence of ho­tel de­sign, where ritzy guest suites show the full de­sign pos­si­bil­i­ties of the bed­room and bath­room ar­eas. But it’s also to do with the wider shift be­tween “pub­lic” and “pri­vate” in the do­mes­tic sphere. As our down­stairs liv­ing spa­ces have be­come more open plan, with knocked-through rooms and kitchen-diner ex­ten­sions that see the whole fam­ily shar­ing one big so­cia­ble area, the re­sult is the de­sire for a par­ents’ pri­vate refuge up­stairs.

“Clients want to cre­ate bed­room sanc­tu­ar­ies, in­spired by ho­tels, as a place to un­wind,” says in­te­rior de­signer Joanna Wood of Joanna Trad­ing. “We are of­ten asked to in­cor­po­rate tele­vi­sions and seat­ing ar­eas into bed­rooms, and even desk ar­eas, cre­at­ing a real sense of mul­ti­func­tional liv­ing in the bed­room.” For Wood’s clients, “the six rooms that make up the su­per-suite are: a mas­ter bed­room, two dress­ing rooms, two bath­rooms by Ruark Au­dio (ru­arkau­

Awash with space: a grand bath­room in a house in Hol­land Park, above; and de­signer Peter Mi­kic’s own house in Not­ting Hill, main

Ruark R7 ra­dio £2,000,

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