Bathroom renovation in older bungalow features shiplap cedar, grey mosaics and white tiles

Contemporary bathroom renovation in bungalow references the past with cedar shiplap boards, pedestal basin with chrome stand, freestanding bath

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Natural light floods this remodelled bathroom in an older-style bungalow. Semi-freestanding walls help to separate the wet area shower from the bathtub, vanity and toilet. The walls are clad in grey finger mosaics, as is the tub surround. The design is by Fraser Cameron Architects.

When a bungalow is nearly a century old, you can be sure it's gone through a few changes in its time.

The family bathroom in this bungalow built around 1920 was last remodelled 32 years ago, by renowned architect Paris Magdalinos. Fast forward three decades and it was time for a total makeover.

The homeowner called in Fraser Cameron Architects to reconfigure the bathroom to better suit his requirements.

Belinda Ellis, the practice interiors consultant, says a new bath was on the list to replace one that had been removed in the previous renovation.

"The owner also wanted a better quality of light," Ellis says. "And it was important to respect the style of the bungalow, which features a lot of native timbers. It also has an Art Deco heritage, as a result of work done following the Napier earthquake in 1931.

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Oiled western red cedar shiplap wraps around the top of this remodelled bathroom, and forms a cabinet beside the vanity. It references native timber panelling in the house, which dates back to the early 1920s. The design is by Fraser Cameron Architects.

"Our design intention was to create a handsome, yet functional family bathroom, achieved through careful detail and a masculine palette."

Oiled western red cedar, in irregular-depth shiplap, was chosen for its visual warmth, texture and similarity to native timbers in the house.

"The cedar forms a band around the top of the room, which is like an inverted version of the way wood panelling was used originally around the base of a room," says Ellis. "Uplighting enhances the visual warmth of the timber."

Cedar also forms a cabinet and towel box, both of which are recessed into the wall.

The cedar is teamed with fresh white 100mm x 300mm tiles, which line the vanity wall and the wet area shower. Semi-freestanding walls separate the shower from the toilet, vanity and bathtub are clad in grey finger mosaic tiles.

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There is extensive uplighting in this remodelled bathroom, including a band of LED lighting around the base of the cedar panelling. The shower features two showerheads, and has a shaving mirror attached to one wall. To reflect the natural light, the ceiling was painted white. The design is by Fraser Cameron Architects.

"The tiler also laid mosaics around the end of the tub, cutting each tile individually to accommodate the curve," says the architect. "Both the tiler and builder had to work with the fact that nothing was square, as is often the case in an older home."

A pared-back pedestal vanity with a chrome stand offers another link to the past, but it is teamed with contemporary tapware and a modern, wall-hung toilet.

An existing tall window, designed by Paris Magdalinos to frame a Norfolk pine view, extends to the ceiling bringing in plenty of natural light.

Credit list

Fraser Cameron Architects (Taupo)
Classic Kitchens
Vanity basin
Freestanding Duravit Happy D basin on Duravit metal console from Metrix
Kohler from Mico Bathrooms
Shower fittings
Grohe from Paterson Trading
Bespoke from Cromptons Joinery
Floor tiles
Timber walls
Herman Pacific Hit and Miss western red cedar with oiled finish
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
Gee Builders (Napier(
V&M Titter
Western red cedar
Grohe from Paterson Trading and Methven Plumbing World
Duravit from Metrix
Heated towel rail
Wall tiles
Jatoba mosaics from Artedomus; white tiles from Jacobsens
LED Profiles; Coombes & Gabbie Lighting Design

Story by: Colleen Hawkes

Photography by: Jamie Cobel

30 Jun, 2015

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