White surfaces and subway tiles complement wood floors in a new bathroom in a classic villa

Good bones and fresh features come together in a light, airy and timeless family bathroom

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Dave Olsen Photography
​​​​​​​For this new bathroom in a traditional villa architecture, bathroom, timber floor, basin, subway tile, bathroomware,  Chris Holmes, CAAHT Studio Architects
​​​​​​​For this new bathroom in a traditional villa by architect Chris Holmes, the modern blonde vanity matches the light-toned decor, while the countertop basin has a classic air.

Designing a new main bathroom for a classic villa doesn’t have to be an exercise in stand-out contrast. Making the most of the good bones of the existing interior dove-tailed with sympathetic new elements is another appealing, enduring way forward.

This bathroom, along with an adjacent master ensuite, was designed as part of a larger alteration and addition project to an Auckland villa, says architect Chris Holmes of CAAHT Studio Architects.

“The owners wanted a family bathroom suitable for bathing young children. They also wanted it to include a generous shower to provide convenience for future teenage years,” says Holmes.

Due to spatial constraints within the home they were also keen to include a concealed laundry within this bathroom.


​​​​​​​Now and then – on this future-proofed bathroom, bathroom, timber floor, shower, glass,  plumbing fixtures, subway tiles, Chris Holmes, CAAAHT Studio Architects
​​​​​​​Now and then – on this future-proofed bathroom, the tub is ideal for bathing the owners’ young offspring while the walk-in shower will get more use during teenage years.

Holmes repurposed part of the villa’s existing living room to form the new bathroom. To anchor it comfortably within its villa context, the architect retained and restored elements of the original space. These included maintaining the polished wood floor, the double-hung window and the original high, board & batten ceiling.

“We introduced a complementary palette of lightly blonded birch plywood cabinetry, along with subway tiles, glass and chrome, for a light, clean, in-keeping aesthetic."

“Even the modern, chunky countertop basin harks back to the sink styles of old and, of course, is an ideal basin for kids.”

The required laundry is set behind unobtrusive flush, floor-to-ceiling white bi-fold doors. High cupboards were also  included to provide further storage without adding clutter.

​​​​​​​Always-current subway tiles offer elegance and low-maintenance surfaces architecture, bathroom, timber floor, plumbing fixtures, sink, basin, subway tiles, plywood, Chris Holmes, CAAHT Studio Architects
​​​​​​​Always-current subway tiles offer elegance and low-maintenance surfaces in this new family bathroom in a dignified villa by CAAHT Studio Architects. An existing living room was re-purposed to create the bathroom and an ensuite alongside. The living room’s original wood floors, board an batten ceiling, and double-hung window now add to the character of the new bathroom.
Oct 18, 2018

Credit list

Architect
Chris Holmes, CAAHT Studio Architects
Vanity and countertop
Bespoke, blonded birch plywood with expressed edge grain
Taps
Photon mixers; Moments swivelling bath spout
Shower fittings
Moonshadow round shower column with Photon shower mixer
Shower stall floor
Hexagonal black tiles, from Tile Space
Hot water systems
Instant gas
Ventilation
Manrose
Builder and cabinetmaker
Sawhorse
Basin
Envy 2
Bath
Newbury 1700
Bath surround, shower stall, and walls
White subway tiles, from Tile Space
Flooring
Existing wood tongue and groove floors
Toilet
Cygnet Neu square cistern, CC BTW suite
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
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