Bathroom designs often have to deal with undiscovered issues along the way – however, this adroit design turned them to advantages

Designed by Bronwyn Aldridge, Brilliant SA

From the designer:

Our homeowner wanted to create a spacious ensuite that consisted of both traditional elements and modern-day fixtures.

The existing ensuite was very small and the steep raked ceiling encroached unfavourably into the room.

The adjacent walk-in-robe area was disproportionate, so we decided to utilise some of that space to increase the ensuite footprint.

The design of this ensuite had to be very well considered from the start, due to several factors.

Firstly, the raked ceiling is located on the external wall, which meant that you had to enter the room on the opposite side, reducing available high wall space to those internal walls.

The owner brief desired a double vanity and large shower which added to the complexity of the design in such a long awkward space.

Up until demolition day, we had no access to the substrate or upper-level external walls, which meant we could not determine which direction plumbing services were running.

This led to complexities in early design as we had to best mitigate cost blowouts using our best guess of the existing construction.

Another issue that arose after demolition was an unexpected air-conditioning duct protruding through the floor of our proposed shower alcove.

This resulted in a last-minute design change, to incorporate a tiled seat in this zone, to conceal and protect the live ducting.

We designed this seat so it looked completely intentional in the design, which was a pleasing result for an urgent solution.

This project certainly provided many challenges during design and construction stages.

However, the result was one that ticked all of the boxes for our homeowners.

It met their brief to fuse modern and traditional styles and is now a very spacious, functional and attractive ensuite for them to enjoy for many years to come.

Credit list

Vanity cabinetry and benchtop
Solid timber – Australian Wormy Chestnut; black melamine interiors
Greens Global Textura Range, in Matt Black, from Routleys
Toilet/integrated bidet
Toto Neorest Washlet, from Routleys
Decor Matt Glazed porcelain tiles (200x200), from Italia Ceramics
All feature lighting from Beacon Lighting; under vanity lighting from New Cabinet Concepts
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Project manager and builder
Vanity manufacturer
New Cabinet Concepts
Timberline Allure, above-counter, in Matt Grey, from Routleys
Shower stall
Frameless shower screen, custom size and shape with black fittings/channels, supplied and installed by Kewco Products
Greens Global Textura Range, in Matt Black, from Routleys
White Gloss (300x600); White Gloss Subway (75x300); Green Kit Kat Mosaic Sheets – all from Italia Ceramics
Underfloor heating
Devi 1820 watt with SRT8 Controller, supplied and installed by SunRay Comfort Heating

Designed by: Bronwyn Aldridge, Brilliant SA

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Aaron Citti

21 Nov, 2021

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