The Illustrated Brief
Kenilworth Minimalism: the bathroomsAn exciting project where we took three extremely outdated marble clad bathrooms and utterly transformed them. My client is a firm believer in ‘less is more’.
My particular challenge here, whilst respecting his brief was to not allow it to become too clinical which is often the danger when one works with a completely minimalist style/approach. In order to compliment and further enhance the interesting lines of this completely serene white house, we needed to infuse some texture and a hint of color with extremely clean lines and striking finishes.
The bathrooms were to have their own identity yet ‘speak the same language’ when it came to their finishes.
Kenilworth Minimalism: the Main en Suite bathroomAll three bathrooms were gutted and stripped of all marble and granite inlays allowing for a lighter and calmer extension of their restful living areas.
The main en suite was refined and simplified with the use of a custom built white floating vanity with kalleston white marble as its surface. We recessed into the walls above the vanity for both cabinets and the entire back wall of the bathroom and shower space was clad with toughened coloured glass panels, in soothing sage. This, in addition to the clever juxtaposition of mirrors both above the vanity and the bath, demonstrate a refined simplicity. Two shades of grey were introduced in the quartz carpet flooring which added an unassuming elegance to this soothing space.
Kenilworth Minimalism: the guest bathroomsThe two guest bathrooms were each given their own distinctive feel. Designed to withstand trends, they reflected a shared vision of my clients’ tastes and lifestyle..
An angled wall in the first guest bathroom beckoned to be noticed! A French metallic and white wall covering covered with clear Perspex added that hint of chic, whilst the vanity and float shelves were made in grey stone with a light shade of grey quartz being applied and trowelled vertically up the side of the bath, to create a sumptuous contrast within this fairly small space.
The second bathroom became the shower room, reflecting the ultimate in ‘cool, calm and collected’. Ash Caesar stone with white floating vanity together with a generous walk in shower all contribute to the overall sense of unobtrusive elegance.
Kenilworth Minimalism: the swimming pool areaThe swimming pool received a face lift and the surrounding area needed a lot of work as cracking and ‘sagging’ was occurring. After underpinning both sides of the pool, we redid the surrounding tile with a charcoal mosaic. This needed to blend in with the existing natural stone tile. The function here was for it to ‘disappear’ as if it had been there all the time.
Kenilworth Minimalism: water featureAnother area that needed some attention was the outside dining area used mainly in summer, but an integral part of the entertainment section.
A spectacular frangipani tree: around which a lovely long curved wall… it simply beckoned for attention. A rim flow water feature, housed in a classically shaped pot, surrounded by river pebbles accentuated the elegance of the area.
Getting the right sound of the water is always tricky, but once achieved … serenity!
Kenilworth Minimalism: 'creating curb appeal'The existing house forms part of a development, all of which were superbly designed and built in the 70’s and all have an almost identical façade. The idea was, without upsetting the neighbours, to create something to set it a little apart from the others, and give it instant appeal.
We worked with the natural ‘curves’ of the existing design, the slab above the front entrance vaguely represented that of a cello. We accentuated these by repeating and creating even more curvaceous planters at the entrance. Instead of the harsh angular shapes that existed around the tree, we built lovely voluptuous shapes
Kenilworth Minimalism: 'creating curb appeal' continuedThe lovely long curved wall also beckoned for something more interesting, so we created the recess that would yield both functional and aesthetic results. By bouncing soft light from the planter below we could create a lovely soft glow at night to illuminate the address detail against the charcoal mosaic.
The client wanted a low maintenance, architectural, yet inviting and crisp feel, so I suggested we fill the planters with tumbled white marble and an array of indigenous grasses. The beauty of the tumbled marble is that it stays white and doesn’t discolour.
What the client said
Mick and Lesley wrote:
"The whole process with Mint was calm and measured and the results were very much to our satisfaction.
Sue's ideas, input and knowledge of products complemented our own particular tastes, whilst her teams are professional and easy to have around one's home."