Sometimes a design has to reach beyond the tastes of the owners – here, for a development where home and bathroom had to offer broad appeal

Designed by Shannon Pepper, Landmark Homes

From the designer:


A professional couple in the building industry were undertaking a development with the intent to subdivide a large property in a very sought-after location on Auckland’s North Shore. 

They were to build a high-end spec home which would be sold while during the sale process the home may have been used as a pop-up showhome for a limited time.

The market they would be pitching to would be professional empty nesters who want a home close to the city but still close to the beach, easy to lock up-and-leave yet stylish and sophisticated.

Since this home was built to be on-sold the space had to appeal to a variety of people.

The owners' brief for the bathroom

  • They wanted to push the boundaries with the aesthetics
  • Double sink bowls
  • Walk-in entry level shower
  • Plenty of storage
  • Bath to relax in
  • High end fixtures and fittings
  • A spacious feel
  • Continuity with the rest of the home

Design development & functionality

  • Large tiles were used to create the illusion of space on the floor and the walls, while full height tile sheets were used for the walls to eliminate grout lines
  • Full height glass to shower to eliminate steam in the room as there were no opening windows, just a skylight in the ceiling and a fan vented to outside which was located above the shower
  • Extra storage space was added above the toilet by way of a cabinet and a shelf, this sat above the half wall concealing the in-wall cistern
  • Stone composite bath and basins in matt white each from the same range creating continuity and the feeling of luxury with the step above standard bowl and bath finishes
  • Freestanding bath with floor mounted tap to create drama in front of a stunning natural stone-look wall tile
  • Recessed in-wall mirror-front cabinets above the vanity for added storage space

Design aesthetics

  • Statement patterned tiles used in carefully selected areas
  • Complementary colour scheme with some contrast
  • Warmth was added with the dark chocolate stained veneer
  • Composite bath and basin finish in matt white teamed with a matt white toilet, creating continuity to the fixtures
  • Gunmetal (iron) toned tapware and accessories to complement the colours in the tiles and vanity
  • Mix of storage space which is hidden with drawers or doors and open shelving to allow for accessories and linen to be on show and soften the space with colour and texture
  • Feature led strip lighting to various areas for ambience and task lighting

Credit list

Bathroom designer
Cabinetry hardware
Hettich Innotech drawer systems
Progetto Niagara Belle; Progetto matt white pop up waste, both from Plumbline
Progetto Niagara Belle, from Plumbline
Shower stall
Custom shower & glass from NZ Glass; Gunmetal hinges, handle & channel
Catalano Sfera, rimless, floor mount, matt white; Speedo in-wall cistern; Progetto metal flush push plate, Aged Iron finish
Floor tiles
De Rex Modern Brun Natural, Grout Black – from Euro Ceramics
Prolux COB downlights; Hettich Versa, warm white with LED channel
Hot water systems
Econogy HP Heat Pump & 300L cylinder
Custom cabinetry, Dark Oak stained veneer
Laminex Caesarstone in Raw Concrete, matte finish
Basin taps
Progetto Buddy Wall mount tap & mixer, Aged Iron finish
Bath tapware
Progetto Buddy floor-mount bath spout, Aged Iron finish, from Plumbline
Shower fittings
Progetto Buddy Round shower slide set, Aged Iron finish; Progetto Buddy 300mm ceiling mounted dumper; Progetto Buddy Shower mixer with diverter; ABI Interiors metal shower shelves cut to size in niche, brushed gunmetal finish
Progetto Buddy toilet roll holder, Aged Iron; Progetto Buddy Robe Hooks, Aged Iron; Progetto Buddy Wall mount toilet brush, Aged Iron
Wall tiles
Euro Ceramics Grigio Natural, Grout Ash; Euro Ceramics Xtra Les Bijoux Breche Capraia Matt, Grout Ash – both from Euro Ceramics
Underfloor heating
Warm Up
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended

Designed by: Shannon Pepper, Landmark Homes

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Jun

06 Nov, 2022

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