Case study: Modern design in a period setting

How Sanctuary Kitchens and Bathrooms created a master en suite and utility/cloakroom with a modern feel for a converted apartment in a period property

The challenge was to reconfigure the rooms within the existing footprint of the property to meet the requirements of our clients, in line with the rest of their long-term refurbishment plans.  

To achieve the master en suite footprint, the existing cloakroom walls were removed, the doorway to the existing bedroom was blocked up and a new doorway introduced within the existing corridor to the new master bedroom.  

As we were reconfiguring walls and adding an additional WC, we worked closely with the building inspector and structural engineer to ensure all works met current regulations. A new wall was constructed to divide the new space into both a master en suite and bedroom three/study area, which included a new airing cupboard for all services, which was accessed from the hallway.  

The dividing wall incorporated all plumbing, including the wall-hung WC frame, providing the client with the maximum footprint within the en suite. We created a carefully considered design to meet the client’s requirements, including a 1,200mm x 800mm shower with Bette floor shower tray installed level with the floor and elegant Matki Eauzone hinged door with inline panels in brushed nickel to complement the brushed bronze finishes on the brassware from the Citterio M range within Axor. 

A large Axor fixed shower head was combined with the Axor One porter set. A niche was built in to the shower area to provide space for the client’s products while showering, with LED lights both within the niche and under the vanity unit to provide mood lighting. Both lights are operated via a motion sensor, providing the perfect nightlight for the evenings.  

The vanity unit and basin are from Artelinea in Avana finish and wall-mounted taps in brushed brass complement the sleek design. Both the shower and bath featured the Axor One shower valve, providing ease of use and a streamlined look. The Bette Starlet bath incorporated pull-out hand shower and exafill.  

As the ceilings were approaching 2.8m, we decided to tile up to 2.2m to allow a plastered area decorated in Rolling Fog by Little Greene above the tiles to soften the space. The ceiling was decorated in the same finish to provide a cohesive feel.  

Meanwhile, the original bathroom was converted into a utility/cloakroom – the utility elements are cleverly concealed behind the furniture, so on initial entry it looks like a cloakroom, but turns into a functional utility room when required.  

The bespoke furniture was produced by Vanity Hall and the wall panelling to complement this was supplied and fitted by us. The client upgraded their Miele appliances and a central vanity unit provided storage space. The Silestone Snowy Ibiza countertop, upstand and windowsill provide an elegant finish to the vanity areas. Wall lights from Astro Lighting provide ambient lighting.  

The client’s existing mirror was introduced and the wall panelling designed around this. The Citterio M three-hole, deck-mounted basin mixer in brushed nickel, providing both a practical and elegant finish to the basin area. The floor was finished in Amtico to complement the client’s existing flooring in the hallway and new timber doors. 

Both rooms met the client’s brief and complemented the original features within the rest of the property.

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