Combining existing spaces and throwing out the bath creates a functional bathroom for three teenage boys featuring a modern twist on a rustic air

Designed by Kira Gray, Fyfe Kitchens

From the designer:

The setting

  • A family of five – mum, dad and three teenage boys
  • Family home nestled in the rural country hills
  • Earthy lodge aesthetic, timber and schist stone accents throughout the home

Scope of project

Renovation to involve separate toilet and bathroom utilised as guest bathroom and the main shower/bathroom for the boys.

Owner requests

  • Combine toilet/bathroom into one space – lose the bath
  • A functional space for three teenage boys
  • A warm modern twist on a rustic earthy aesthetic
  • To be on view from kitchen (when door open) – did not want to see toilet
  • Include display for ornaments
  • Towel storage
  • Two basins and a large shower
  • Keep existing windows
  • Deal with a very high angled 4-5m stud height


Walls and timber ceilings were removed to combine both spaces, and proportionately lowered to 2.7 flat.

Layout was reconfigured for functionality.

The natural porcelain floor tile was continued through from the kitchen for consistency/warmth, and applied to two walls. 

A gloss tile reminiscent of stone/moss was applied to feature walls for a modern earthy aesthetic.

Now dark stained timber cabinetry combines display and towel storage upon entering – this continues to form the privacy screen to the toilet in the shape of fins spaced evenly apart, not to enclose.

The timber vanity is substantial and masculine connecting with the cabinetry opposite.

Bold gun metal vessel basins/tapware sits beautifully against the tiles.

A large shower has plenty of standing space, with recesses for soaps/shampoo.

A moody elegance is created with lighting to the cabinetry and space.

Credit list

Mirrored cabinets
Custom designed and made; mirrors – Image Glass; lights to surround – Hafele Led ribbon with diffuser
Silestone Nolita, suede finish, from Cosentino
Taps/shower fittings
Uno wall mounted mixer and spout (x2), Robertson
Hafele – Loox Led Lights to mirrored cabinets surround and under vanity on motion sensor; Loox Led mini spots to display shelving
Floor/wall tiles
Palatina Crema Matt (445 x 892); feature wall (behind vanity and shower) – Lume Musk, gloss (60 x 240), both from Tile Warehouse
Custom designed and made vanity, towel storage, display unit and toilet screen fins; urethane dark stained American Crown Cut Oak with 20mm x 6mm square frame; horizontal grain; 60mm ends, open under; 45mm ends to towel storage; toilet screen fins to be 45mm x 80mm all stained to match; colour: stained – custom dark black stained
Dark stained American White Oak to frame.
Osaka vessel in Gun Metal, by Robertson
Shower enclosure
Ellisse, from Robertson
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Runner Up

Designed by: Kira Gray, Fife Kitchens

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Kallan Macleod

29 Oct, 2023

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