Stone-look tiles and a wall-mounted gas fire give this ensuite a welcoming feel

Bathroom renovation strips out an outdated materials and finishes to create warm contemporary space designed for relaxation

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Stone-look tiles, an enclosed gas fire that changes colour and a curvaceous freestanding tub all set the scene for a luxury soak in this bathroom by Revive Designer Bathrooms.

No stone was left unturned in this crisp bathroom makeover, where existing pink marble wall finishes and low, oppressively heavy ceiling crowns were removed before designer Heather Fuchs could begin afresh.

The owner travels a lot and wanted the reinvented bathroom to have a tranquil, peaceful aesthetic, says the designer.

"As winters can be harsh here, the flickering appeal and tactile warmth of a gas fire provided a perfect leading feature," Fuchs says. "The dimmable fire, set behind glass, can change in colour from blue to red too and is set into a built-out wall of quartzite tile adding to the natural, pampering feel."

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Blue or pink you choose. This fire in a designer bathroom changes colour and can also be dimmed to suit. The built-out ledge conceals plumbing and wiring.

The wall not only conceals the fire's workings, it also provided opportunity to add a shelf for the odd glass of bubbly.

In the adjacent corner, a combined tub and shower was removed and replaced with a contemporary walk-in shower with a sloping floor and concealed drain. The glass door of the shower rolls to one side on an attractive, chunky glide mechanism.

Two single vanities were chosen over a single vanity, two basin configuration. These are cantilevered to enhance the bathroom's feeling of space, and have efficient, compartmentalised interiors, while the mirrors above each are edged in LEDs.

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Building out one wall of this shower allowed for an inset soap niche. The long showerhead and barn door sliding mechanism are other features.

"The natural aesthetic is continued in the use of textured, wood-look tiles on the floors and walls, and also to line the shower," says the designer. "These tiles are in different sizes and configurations, depending on their position the floor tiles, for example, are randomly laid for an even more rustic, naturalistic flavour."

Credit list

Heather Fuchs, Revive Designer Bathrooms
Fleurco Aria
Revel Series in wood laminate by Porcelanosa
Urban in chrome by Porcelanosa
Shower fittings
Hansgrohe Showerpipe in chrome
Wall tiles
Parallels Cladding in Silver Quartzite by Islandstone
Dynasty Fireplaces
Cabinet company
Tub filler
Composed deck mount in chrome by Kohler
Vanity countertop
Porcelanosa RAS Worktop in white Krion with integrated sink and linear drain
Custom Fleurco Novara glass sliding door
Flooring and shower floor
Shen porcelain tiles in Graylake, mixed sizes, random lay, by Transceramica
Cadence II by Icera
Smedbo, Amba heated towel rail

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Geoff Gurevich

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