Japanese flavour

This bathroom was renovated to unify it with the Asian-style courtyard it overlooks
Story by: Mary Webb
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View of renovated bathroom, featuring bathtub, ceramic tiled floors, wall tiling, tapware, vanity, cabinetry, lighting.

When contemplating a renovation, the shape and size of the available space will clearly have a strong influence over the design. However, other features, such as the outlook from the room, also play their part.

Designer Royston Wilson was called in to work with the owner of the bathroom featured here. The owner, who had lived for some time in Japan, had begun renovations to the single-fronted, weather-board Victorian cottage by landscaping a small courtyard and giving it a Japanese feel.

A small, narrow, ground-floor bathroom, which doubled as a guest bathroom, overlooked the courtyard through floor-to-ceiling windows.


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"The owner wanted this bathroom to be more functional and to maximise the view into the courtyard. Placement of fittings had been awkward in the original bathroom the outlook was obscured, there was no bath, and when the door was left open the view from the hall was directed towards the toilet," says Wilson.

Wilson redesigned the space so the bath is parallel with one side wall, allowing the bather to look directly onto the courtyard. The shower, in an alcove on the opposite wall, also looks straight out into the courtyard, and the toilet is now tucked away into a space between the shower and hall.

A special design has created a two-way door into the bathroom. Two door frames, one for the bathroom and one for the toilet, and a single door with a rollerball latch, allow the door to have two purposes, either acting as the main door to the bathroom, or as the toilet door, ensuring the toilet is never visible from the hall. And when the main door is open, the view is into the courtyard.

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View of bathroom with vanity and toilet, features a two-way door.

Within the bathroom, a tiled wall on one side of the shower enclosure provides a place to cantilever a slim vanity, while a mirrored cabinet is recessed into the wall space above.

Jun 03, 2009

Credit list

Vanity
Custom made
Basin
Paco Jaanson Slim 550
Taps
Zuchetti Isystick
Flooring and wallcoverings
Marathon Ceramics
Hinge design for two-way bathroom door
Royston Wilson
Bath
Kaldewei Centro Duo 2
Shower fittings
Hans Grohe 5100 Shower Set; Zuchetti Isystick mixer
Toilet
Roca Dama
Accessories
Parisi Tatami ceramic bricks; Argent Kubic corner shelf and soap dish
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