How to create a luxurious ensuite

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How to create a luxurious ensuite

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Project Overview

An ensuite is a luxurious and convenient addition to your master bedroom, especially if you’ve got a growing family. If you’ve got the space and the budget, an ensuite is definitely a worthwhile inclusion as it can give you the extra space you need and add value to your home over the long term.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 The design
2 The look
3 Planning your ensuite
4 Choosing your materials
5 Add a personal touch
6 Relax and enjoy
  • Step 1. The design

    Our original bathroom was an awkward, cramped space that was of little benefit. With sleek lines, a new layout and some extra room, we transformed it into a generous and contemporary ensuite for two.

    Including a wraparound shower gives the ensuite plenty of room, while concealing one end of it into the alcove ensures privacy.

  • Step 2. The look

    We’ve gone for a modern industrial look with hints of colour to add warmth. A bespoke 2 basin timber vanity anchors the space and softens the impact of floor to ceiling concrete tiles. Touches of copper add a hint of elegance while the large format floor to ceiling wall tiles with minimal grout lines help to create a feeling of space.

    Whilst industrial by nature, the combination of textures, neutral colour tone, warm metallics and natural materials come together to create a stylish and inviting space that’s more like a sanctuary than an ensuite.

  • Step 3. Planning your ensuite

    Planning is an integral part of any renovation and can save you a lot of time and money. To learn how to plan for a renovation like the one featured here, make sure you check out our D.I.Y. Renovation Basics Bathroom video.

    Once you’ve decided on the layout and look of your ensuite, it’s time to head into Bunnings and choose your fittings, fixtures, lighting, tiles and accessories.

  • Step 4. Choosing your materials

    Tile selection is a huge part of your overall look and feel, so it’s a great place to start. Floor to ceiling tiles and larger sized tiles with fewer grout lines give an increased sense of space. And although you’re using a neutral palette, don’t be afraid to consider a pattern, especially on the floor.

    Alternatively, you could use white wall tiles on both sides and run the concrete look tiles on the floor and up into the shower wall. You could also change the basins to white and add chrome fittings to retain a contemporary look, but with timeless appeal.

    Our natural timber vanity is complemented beautifully by black counter-top basins and slimline industrial style tapware. You can find out how to build your own floating timber vanity in the D.I.Y. advice section of our website. You will also find plenty of vanities and cabinets at your local Bunnings Warehouse. For a seamless look, you could recess them into your wall.
  • Step 5. Add a personal touch

    Your ensuite should be a sanctuary, so make it truly your own by adding a few personal touches. Why not have a go at our D.I.Y. copper towel rail for instance. It will not only look great, it will add a lovely sense of warmth and elegance to your ensuite.

    When it comes to your task and ambient lighting, you can be as creative or conservative as you like. Consider matching your lights to other elements in your ensuite, from the fittings to the towel rail or even the timber vanity.
  • Step 6. Relax and enjoy

    You now have a stylish and contemporary ensuite that you can enjoy for years to come. Your only challenge will be trying to keep the rest of the family out!

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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