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Running the idea past a client of a feature surface made of thousands of pieces might have them thinking about the budget and looking nervous. However, it is a different story when your passion is design and it’s your own home. This large ensuite is an extension to designer Jason Saunders’ own character home built in the ’30s. From the street, the period home is distinct from the extension – the former is white and the add-on painted black. Once indoors, the home’s classic ceiling roses and cornices give way to a crisp, pared back aesthetic in the addition. The main linking element is the flooring. The designer sourced recycled jarra floorboards to extend the home’s original floor into the ensuite. “As designer and owner we naturally had free-rein and wanted something a bit different and something personal to us – minimalist yet at the same time luxurious. To this end, the bathtub area is accentuated by a feature wall of Japanese Luna ceramic mosaic tiles – creating both an air of intimacy, and a wow factor.” The tiles are laid individually by hand – all 2500 of them. Their curves pick up light from the corner pendant and the floor lights behind the tub, reflecting the light in several directions. These pages: In pursuit of privacy, the front wall of this ensuite addition is mainly enclosed with only a strip of glass louvres to one side. However, a long concealed skylight brings in ample natural light. A darkveined marble on the blade shower wall is repeated on the vanity. Following pages: A wall of mirrors visually doubles the size of the already generous bathroom. Dark and white tones predominate in the contemporary, minimalist addition. search | save | share at