Candles, champagne, music, and maybe a friend.
Custom-made joinery, plus very detailed space planning, was the key to transforming this tiny 80's suburban ensuite from depressing to uplifting. Bench, cupboard and towel-rail space have provided the usability considerably. No changes were made to the dimensions of the room but it now feels so much larger.
This bathroom, in a apartment in Battery Point, now consumes approximately one-third of the space of the previous seperate laundry and bathroom. While maintaining full facilities the new arrangement allows a generous adjacent bedroom (the previous layout did not allow room for a Queen size bed).
This bathroom needed investment to make it waterproof and structurally sound. While doing this the opportunity was taken to rearrange the placement of fittings and build a false wall to hide storage cupboards. The marble mosaic tiles on the floor and huge ceiling cornices relate to the original age of the home. The Alessi toilet and basin were selected for their stunning looks and timeless design.
Airy and light
The original bathroom in this home was small and had serious issues with moisture primarily relating to lack of ventilation. It also had no storage and was poorly laid out. The lack of ventilation was addressed by replacing the fixed glass block window with an openable window and installing a powerful exhaust fan. The layout of the new fixtures and joinery was totally altered so as to provide storage and a practical bathroom for a family of three. Despite no physical changes to the size of the room the new bathroom appears much larger, lighter and airier.
There was no room internally for a bath in this apartment, but fortunately there was a private 'sun deck' on the top floor. This space was originally barren and uninviting, but with the addition of an outdoor bath and lots of succulent plants it has been transformed into a beautifully blissful bathing environment.
This small bathroom, on the third floor of an apartment building, has sweeping views through its clear glass windows. The original tired venetian blinds were removed allowing the view to be seen and to increase the feeling of space within the bathroom. The budget did not allow for changes to the sanitary and tapware, but painting the walls charcoal, using the clients existing 60s green Kartel mirror and placing a row of Sanseveiria plants in pots along the windowsill have freshened up this bathroom significantly.
The public access toilets at Petaluma's Bridgewater Mill Restaurant had been well maintained since being installed around twenty years ago, however their image did not reflect the well known, much awarded restaurant they served. For a modest outlay the dated small basins were replaced with large contemporary items with stylish mixer taps that provided some bench space for fresh flowers and users personal items. The plain wall mirrors were replaced with large framed versions and the cubicle partitions and entry doors were refinished in a deep charcoal colour. The result was toilets that have a sense of glamour and drama.
Simple changes but maximum effect
This bathroom had been built as part of an extension on an old maisonette. Its grey-white walls and single light globe left it with a cold and unfinished look. The simple introduction of blue paint to match the feature tiles and some halogen spotlights gave this room a much richer feel.
Simple and dramatic
Another bathroom on a very limited budget. The removal of the appalling home-made painted timber shelves, old vanity cabinet, beige plastic towel rails, the wall mounted fluorescent light fitting and dark shower curtain all helped. These items were all replaced with a range of chrome fittings that contrast with the change of wall colour. The original walls were a dirty cream that made everything in the bathroom look dirty. The new darker paint had the effect of making all of the existing white tiles look unbelievably clean and bright.