Pared back design with marble-look tiles creates luxury aesthetic for renovated villa bathroom

A freestanding bath, large format stone-look tiles and a floor-to-ceiling glass shower wall give this bathroom the feel of a five star hotel

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Michael Ng
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A floor-to-ceiling glass shower screen adds to the high-end aesthetic in this bathroom makeover and accentuates the rooms high stud without interrupting the view of the tileware.

When available renovation space is adequate but a developer's expectations are grand there's a way to both maximise the sense of spaciousness and at the same time add hotel-style luxury. The answer is about more thinking and less clutter.

This dramatic family bathroom renovation forms part of the makeover of the whole villa by residential property developer and project manager Andy Blyth and architect Paul Leuschke.

"The existing bathroom had been a typically under-considered villa affair with two step-up showers, wood everywhere and worst of all a cramped, claustrophobic feel," says Leuschke. "In its place, Andy Blyth wanted a wow-factor bathroom with the look of a high-end design you might expect in a five-star hotel.

"While the room was already a decent size, I wanted to increase the feeling of space both to imply luxury and to give the bathroom a better sense of proportion in relation to the high stud."


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A strip floor drain contributes to the luxurious yet unfussy aesthetic in this villa bathroom.

The developer and architect took several steps to achieve this, including the use of large-format, marble-finish tiles on the floor and walls.

"While real marble would be a major hassle to maintain, the porcelain tiles achieve the same gracious effect and are extremely low upkeep. Continuing the tiles across the floor and shower walls invites the eye to run uninterrupted right across them, visually implying more space."

Similarly, the floor-to-ceiling glass shower screen has a dramatic impact but doesn't detract from the flow of the stone-look tile surfaces.

This elegant backdrop sets the scene for the room's intentionally few but luxurious features.

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A classic ceiling rose was retained in the master bathroom in this modernised villa.

The large soaking tub provides a sculptural feature and works well with the soft-cornered marble basins on the vanity. The tapware is also modern and minimalistic while the shower area is served by two monsoon rainheads, another pampering inclusion for the potential owners.

A full-wall mirror running behind the vanity doubles the sense of visual space all over again.

However, while the large-format, natural tilework, giant shower screen and sleek tapware are contemporary, there are touches that relate back to the home's turn-of-last century origins,

"We decided to use typical villa mouldings here to tie back to the wider interior, while the period shutters on the sash windows admit natural light and bring privacy from neighbours," says Leuschke. "The internally lit wall niche and ceiling spots add a crisp, bright feel."

Aug 30, 2017

Credit list

Paul Leuschke,
Vanity cabinetry
Designed by Villavilla and created by KMD Kitchens
Stone bath by Villavilla
Shower fittings, accessories
Paint Okarito Double by Dulux
Underfloor heating
Casa heating systems by Casa Ceramica
Plantation shutters by
Developer, designer and project manager
Andy Blyth, InsideOut
Prime Stone Aoraki
Hand-carved Hunan white marble basins by Villavilla
Shower stall
Platinum Hardware and Glass
Calacatta tiles from
Manrose by DNA Electrical
Hot water systems
Rinnai water heater by Real Fires
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner





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