Tropical-look bathroom renovation with wood accents

Indonesian spa-type bathroom makeover features macrocarpa batten-clad shower, jarrah bulkhead cover and cedar blinds

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Frances Oliver
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On this bathroom renovation, the black external wall slats in the middle of the bay window are revealed when the operable mirror slides to one side, admitting fresh air. The spa pool can be glimpsed through the wood blinds and a door to the right, also with slatted elements, is just two steps from the outdoor feature.

When a burst pipe caused extensive water damage, it provided owners Sandy and Fraser Gillies with the opportunity to rethink their old bathroom from scratch.

"As both client and designer, we wanted something different a tropical spa accent to complement the spa pool just beyond the bay window," Fraser Gillies says. "This also suited the Pacifica theme of the house.

"We never used the existing bath, so we replaced a combined bath-shower unit with a large walk-in shower with double shower heads, bamboo-look tilework and an inset perforated stainless steel shelf. The sloping floor drains to a slimline stainless steel channel."


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Macrocarpa battens on a custom shelving unit to the left and custom shower stall to the right set the scene for this Indonesian-look bathroom by designer and co-owner Fraser Gillies.

Fitting with the exotic theme, Gillies chose a dark-stained macrocarpa battened wall for the showerstall's cladding. Black-painted waterproof sheeting behind the slats creates a sense of depth, while a below-floor brace support system allowed for a cantilever on the end section of the wall, facing the bathroom entrance.

Opposite the shower at the entry, an internally lit display unit brings balance. This also features stained macrocarpa slats and has a reflective stainless steel backing, adding a feeling of space to the room.

Extending the reinvented bathroom's natural feel, an unsightly bulkhead above the vanity was concealed with an upward-curving wing form finished in a rich Jarrah veneer. This is also reminiscent of a canoe hull the designer has a boating background and the home is near the sea. The pleasing shape is echoed on the tapering, upward-turned nosing on the countertop in the same veneer.

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On this bathroom renovation, the black external wall slats in the middle of the bay window are revealed when the operable mirror slides to one side, admitting fresh air. The spa pool can be glimpsed through the wood blinds and a door to the right, also with slatted elements, is just two steps from the outdoor feature.

The tropical, slatted-wood aesthetic is continued with an internal sliding mirror in the bay window. When the mirror isn't in use it can slide off to one side, revealing the external timber slats behind. The design lets fresh air flow into the bathroom without loosing the sense of privacy. Slat blinds either side complete the picture.

While most elements were specifically designed for this renovation, the existing vanity was retained, painted Resene Black Sheep and given a durable tile countertop. The overall look is warm and welcoming.

Jun 23, 2016

Credit list

Designer/builder/owner
Fraser Gillies, Lines Design
Benchtop
Tiles from Jacobsen
Shower stall
Macrocarpa external slats, designed and constructed by Fraser Gillies
Bulkhead cover
Jarrah
Shower fittings
Piani, Nikles by Metrix
Tiles
Mirage stone tiles on heated bathroom floor; Venis Manhattan Mosaic tiles from Jacobsen and white gloss rectified tiles in shower
Blinds
Custom in cedar
Wallcoverings
Jacobsens and Resene
Interior designer/owner
Sandy Gillies
Vanity cabinetry
Custom by Fraser Gillies
Basin
Kholer
Taps
Piani by Metrix
Toilet and accessories
Metrix
Lighting
Lighthouse
Hot water systems
Rinnai Infinity
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
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