Case study: Retreat to the spa cave

Ripples in Wokingham created this spa-inspired master en suite for the owners of an Edwardian property in the town looking for a tasteful sanctuary

With a clear brief, the homeowners wanted to see a big transformation in their master en suite and worked with the designer at Ripples in Wokingham to make their bathroom dreams a reality.

The first step was to agree the layout for the space. The proportions of the room were quite long and narrow (4m x 1.7m) and it had to incorporate a walk-in shower and freestanding bath. To accommodate both, the designer sectioned the room in half, creating space for the walk-in shower at the far end and the freestanding bath towards the entrance door.

At the shower end of the room, she worked with some existing recesses to create handy storage for shower products, which are neatly hidden from view when entering the room. To make the space as ergonomic as possible, she added a tall towel radiator next to the recesses. By making clever use of the wall, she could accommodate ample space for the shower (1m x 1.7m). A feature wall complete with sleek recess and atmospheric lighting was also incorporated at the very end of the room to draw in the eye upon entrance to the space.

The shower itself has a large rainfall head in a beautiful, brushed bronze finish. The luxurious shower head perfectly replicates the feeling of a spa that the homeowners were looking for. She finished the area with a minimalist shower glass.

At the opposite end of the room, she was able to snuggly fit a freestanding bath. With a super-sleek thin perimeter, the bath offers a deep bathing area, despite its compact footprint. To create symmetry, she replicated the LED-lit recess above the bath, which also created a handy place to store shampoo bottles and soap for the bath. Matching brushed bronze brassware was used for the bath mixer and hand shower. 

In the centre of the space, the designer incorporated a double vanity unit, offering ample hidden storage as well as room for two matching sit-on basins. The contemporary aesthetic of the design was continued with the choice of minimalist taps in the same brushed bronze shade as the rest of the brassware. The basin area was completed with a large round LED-lit mirror. Tiles were a porcelain concrete-effect, used floor-to-ceiling to create an atmospheric, cocooning feeling. 

What makes this bathroom stand out is its ergonomical design, moody hues and atmospheric lighting, as well as the quality finish of the products, fixtures and fittings. The client calls it a ‘spa cave’!

Installer comments

As the installation of this en suite was part of a bigger renovation of this Edwardian home, the installation work was split between the client’s builder and the bathroom installer introduced by the team at Ripples. Although it was necessary to divide the room in half in order to accommodate both the freestanding bath and walk-in shower, overall, the installation went smoothly.

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