Project Description

St Heliers Traditional Bathroom Renovation

This home is traditional in styling, a grand house built in the 1930’s with much of the traditional detailing remaining.  The Owner’s brief was to be sympathetic to the era of the home, while updating both the functionality and look of the bathrooms. The bathroom is used by both the family and visitors whilst the ensuite is used by the occupiers of the master bedroom.

The existing bathroom was very dated, not being touched since the 1960’s.  There was a bath in the room and an enclosed shower with a low ceiling.  The couple have two young children and it was better for their family dynamics that the bath be moved to an upstairs bathroom.  The bathroom is on the eastern side of the house and was very gloomy and dull.

The shower position was unchanged, however we stripped away the low ceiling and surrounding shower enclosed walls and created a more spacious and light-filled shower space, which flows with the rest of the bathroom.

We used a warm palette of brown and grey, complementing the dark timber panelling throughout the house.   The 200x200mm minimalist floral pattern porcelain floor tiles were selected to provide a strong visual interest on the floor and contrast well with the simpler detailing on the walls and finishes. These tiles spoke to the era of the home perfectly whilst keeping with the upcoming trends. The wall tiles are a slim 75x300mm gloss tile with organic edges to provide light reflection and an interesting element on the walls, the other two walls were painted in Resene White Pointer.

The streamlined vanity is constructed using a dark timber-look melamine, Prime Fumed Oak, with push to open drawers and an oval undermount basin.  The vanity has a slimline Organic White Caesarstone top and a negative detail line.  An LED light strip below the vanity is sensor driven, turning on when someone enters the bathroom.

The tapware specified is traditional in style, using the Regal range from Plumbline, in chrome with porcelain lever handles, complementing the style and age of the house.  The heated towel rail used is also traditional in styling, In Residence Hawthorn Hill-Premier Towel Warmer, complementing the tapware.

The mirror is custom made, using a simple style with heated mirror pads. The mirror light is a picture light in a brushed chrome finish.

The owners were very pleased with the final result; a much lighter, warmer bathroom with modern conveniences with a nod to the past.