Contemporary mood with a classic accent

This modern bathroom complements its 1920s cottage environment – copper tapware and classic floor tiles help bridge the time divide

Designed by Elliot Johnson, E J Building

From the bathroom renovation designer:

Homeowner requests

  • A modern bathroom designed to complement their 1920 cottage
  • A change in layout to accommodate a large shower

What we achieved

  • A spacious shower with his and hers shower heads in area previously occupied by the bath
  • A full width recessed shelf within the shower complete with LED lights
  • Two 15 degree ceiling lights highlighting the shower tiles
  • Frameless shower glass height the same as the window architrave
  • Old windows removed and a large new window installed with the same width as bath

  • Window location set as high as possible to portrait native trees, but kept just narrow enough to avoid seeing top of white fence (window was built on site).
  • Double-glazed window panel with one way mirror (rather than obscure glass) to utilise view (blinds yet to be installed).
  • Freestanding bath placed in the old shower location at the bathroom entrance with 40 degree soft feature lights to highlight it
  • Under-tile heating in W/C & bathroom
  • Ceiling Bluetooth speaker in centre of bathroom
  • Channel drain powder coated to match tiles
  • Copper tapware and floor tiles used to give bathroom an aged feeling and help connect it with the rest of the house
  • Remaining wall tiles kept white to give tapware and feature tiles more impact & also keep cost down

Issues encountered and resolved

  • Old galvanised water pipes were full of rust / grit and restricting water flow down to a trickle. Replacement pipes were installed with a 20mm diameter from the mains all the way to the HWC and shower mixers to maximise flow. A new mains cylinder was installed to increase hot pressure.
  • The old framing was built from 500mm off cuts of timber that has been poorly nailed together. The majority of timber on the two external walls required replacement.

Credit list

Bathroom designer
Cast stone
E J Building
The Lighting Centre
Hot water systems
Rheem Mains 180L
Vanity cabinetry
Bath, basin, taps, toilet
Flooring and wallcoverings
Tiles from Designa Ceramic Tiles
Underfloor heating
The Heating Company
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Designed by: E J Building

Story by: Trendsideas

17 Oct, 2021

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