This bathroom renovation called for the reconfiguration of a dressing room adjacent to the main bedroom in an inner city 1890s bluestone cottage. Originally only two rooms, the cottage had been added to in the 1970s but the only bathroom was downstairs and not at all convenient to the main bedroom upstairs.
Not wishing to lose the dressing room completely, the owners asked the designer to use clever layout and design to include a large walk-in shower and plenty of storage, so the challenge was to utilise the space for maximum efficiency. The solution was to dismantle the existing built-in wardrobe in the bedroom and create an L-shaped wall to allow for the inclusion of the ensuite and the retention of the dressing room.
In keeping with the interior design of the home, the ensuite has been given a classy, elegant feel and features large format, reflective Cubica feature tiles laid horizontally along three walls to provide the illusion of extra width. The floor tiles were also laid horizontally to continue this theme. Frameless mirrored shaving cabinets create a reflective surface which expands the illusion of space while a night light keeps the room illuminated for overnight visits.
Botticino marble was chosen for the continuous benchtop and splashback while the under-mounted vessel basin sits perfectly next to the wall mixer basin set for ease of cleaning. Underfloor heating provides that element of comfort so needed in an ensuite while intelligent lighting design integrates with the CBus system which was already wired into the home. Audio speakers were installed in the ceiling to allow the owners to enjoy listening to music while getting ready or unwinding in the bathroom.
Lighting in this room was a major consideration because of the cathedral ceilings so the designer specified strip lighting under the shaving cabinets to create mood lighting which is managed via a remote control. Ceiling LED lights are complemented with LED lights within the showerhead which are powered by their own energy as water passes through the head.
Designed by Steve Mahlo and built by the Brilliant SA team.