Natural transition – a new master bathroom designed to look like it has always been there

Master bathroom addition retains the classic feel of the original 1940s home,

while giving the owners the space and contemporary functionality they wanted

Story by: Paul Taylor Photography by: Emily Followill
​​​​​​​An inset mosaic tile mat gives subtle but bathroom, bathroom accessory, bathroom cabinet, bathroom sink, ceramic, floor, flooring, interior design, plumbing fixture, room, sink, tap, tile, wall, Mark Williams Design
​​​​​​​An inset mosaic tile mat gives subtle but clear definition to the three functional zones – bath, vanity and shower – in this master bathroom in an addition to a traditional home by designer Mark Williams.

When you want to improve an existing bathroom that’s tiny and dark, sometimes the only way forward is to create an addition to contain a totally new master suite.

And if that’s the way you go, one of the issues to then resolve is the aesthetic connection between the old and the new.

Designer Mark Williams designed the master bathroom shown here as part of an addition to a traditional-style 1940s home.


​​​​​​​Cabinetry in this large vanity is finished in bathroom, bathroom accessory, bathroom cabinet, cabinetry, furniture, interior design, basin, tap, white, traditional, Mark Williams Design
​​​​​​​Cabinetry in this large vanity is finished in a very light lacquer so as to not overwhelm the room, despite its size.

“The owners wanted their new bathroom to look like it had always been there, and not like an addition,” says Williams. 

“But it still had to function in a very, very contemporary way.”

To link in with the original home’s classic design, Williams selected a variety of natural stone floor and wall tiles, and a colour palette of black, white and grey – a combination that, he says, never dates.

​​​​​​​The large-sized shower in this master suite by bathroom, floor, plumbing fixture, shower, shower door, tap, tile, wall, bathroom designer, Mark Willaims Design
​​​​​​​The large-sized shower in this master suite by designer Mark Williams is fully enclosed in glass, helping create the steamy environment the owners like when showering.

There’s also a strong division between the functional zones in the large space – shower, bath and vanity.

This was achieved by recessing the tub area, totally enclosing the shower, and insetting a mosaic tile mat in all three areas.

Oct 31, 2018

Credit list

Designer
Mark Williams, Mark Williams Design
Tub filler
Cheviot Extra Tall Tub Faucet
Basins and faucets
Kohler
Floor and wall tiles
Carrara marble
Lighting
Circa Lighting
Bath tub
Cheviot Regal
Vanity countertop
Carrara marble
Shower fittings
Delta
Mosaic floor tiles
Mark Williams Collection for Stonelluxe
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