This before and after will not seem to fit together. When I was planning the house out, I decided to take the front formal Drawing/Sitting room for the Master Bedroom, and then knock through a door into a bedroom that was next to it to create a dressing room and ensuite bathroom. We didn't have a need for a lot of formal rooms - we don't entertain like that, so my main mantra has been that we use all the spaces in our house, and not have spare rooms with junk in them, or too many formal rooms that are used 2 or 3 times a year.

So for the before shot, here is the original bedroom from the real estate listing photos:


We removed the chimney in the room (it had a timber mantel) and divided it into two. The new door into our Bedroom is where the wardrobe is in this picture. I like privacy in a bathroom (probably because I rarely get any with three children....), so the dressing room was put on the half that has the window, and the bathroom is in the other half and has a new skylight. The original door from the hallway was bricked over, and a medicine cabinet created in the alcove.

Same view now, with dividing wall

I chose a grey flagstone effect floor tile. I had honed Limestone in our previous bathroom, and it didn't wear terribly well (it stains easily, even from colourless shampoo, and is quite a brittle stone so develops cracks and chips). For this reason, I wanted something durable (it was used in both bathrooms), and as I have a lot of grey tones in the house (the Melbourne influence), this worked well with the carpet and cabinetry in the dressing room. A creamy white wall tile complemented it. All the tiles were from Aeria Country Floors (who have now gone into liquidation, sadly).


The double shower was born out of Mr AV and I fighting over which shower head to buy - we never shower at the same time. He favours the type that drown you with water, I like the ones where I don't get my hair wet. In the end, I decided to get him his, and get one I liked for me too, as we don't plan on moving for the next 20 years. The shower head (drowning one) was Hansgrohe, and the other one is Grohe. The mixers were from Astra Walker, as were the handbasin taps.


Toilet is Duravit. I went to the Mary Noall warehouse sale in Melbourne when my youngest was 2 weeks old (that's how committed I was to the cause), as they had 50% off all the European imports. I bought all the toilets, a bath, kitchen sinks, laundry sink, kitchen tap and then had to work out how to get it to Adelaide.


I'm very into practicality in design (this probably differentiates me from many other Architects who will go more for pure aesthetics), and so I did an upstand on the vanity (so the mirror doesn't meet the vanity) as I hate seeing water spots on mirrors, and any time you use a basin, you'll end up getting some water on the mirror. As a result, the mirrors are almost always perfect.


 We have a very large expanse of benchtop. It's in a composite stone (quarella/ caesarstone). You can see the two medicine cabinets in the photo above which are where the old door was to the hallway.


The heated towel rail runs off the hydronic heating system, and is large enough that it dries all the towels hanging on it in Winter. We also have underfloor heating (this is not as expensive as you might think to install if you are doing your bathroom up, so if you're going to put in a new bathroom and it's cold where you are, investigate it).


I wanted the legs of the vanity unit to look more like a cabinet.


Lastly, a skylight (Velux) which opens via remote. Masses of daylight and natural ventilation.

In person, this bathroom is a lot whiter than my fairly poor quality photos. The floor tiles are a softer grey too, but no matter. You get the idea! Having gone from a tiny cottage where we only had one bathroom (with a laundry cupboard in the corner) to having our own space and the children theirs, it feels very luxurious.


17 comments:

  1. Thanks FF, I was actually a little nervous posting this as my pics don't really make it look as good as in real life. Glad I got your seal of approval! x

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  2. You really made a great use of that reclaimed space and that first photo is gorgeous !x

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  3. Thanks Silver Bunny. It's nice to have the perfume corralled on the tray! x

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  4. Wonderful job- I get the shower heads too! I love those overhead ones but would never have one for myself because of the getting the hair wet business, so last year when we did the boys bathroom I put one in there!

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  5. Yes, it was either hair wet, or a stiff neck/back from holding my head in a strange position while showering! I'll have to go back through your blog posts to find your bathroom and have a look xx

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  6. Love the cabinet. It really is quite similar to mine, in the sense we both went for the "stand alone cabinet look" with the legs. Well done, can't wait for a few more reveals, you have stunning taste. Although I have to agree with hubby on the shower head, I love the drown in water ones! Kx (The Blog a House Built)

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  7. That's hilarious you like the drowning ones K - in the showrooms they refer to them as the "man shower" heads. Apparently the men without fail walk in, point at them and say "that's the one I want".

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  8. Heidi, I'm so enjoying your 'before' and 'after' tour of your house....you have created some gorgeous transformations and I can't wait to see the rest! We put a shower room in as our ensuite and have virtually identical shower heads to yours.....my husband and all of the children tend to hang out under his deluge making mine much more restful especially as don't have to worry about getting wet hair and mine has a massage action too! Rx

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    1. Massaging action!! How did I miss that in my selection?! Your shower sounds v. nice indeed. xx

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  9. Stunning bathroom! So jealous of your skylight and underfloor heating!!!

    B

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    1. Thanks B, it does feel very luxurious - the feeling still hasn't worn off! x

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  10. I've been meaning to ask you... Did you have your mirror siliconed? As in, where the mirror meets the splashback/upstand, and where it meets the tiles on the sides?

    B

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    1. Yes, it's all siliconed in a colour to match the tiles - but they did a good job, you can't even really see it. xx

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  11. Yeah, I know that! No matter how much you love your kids, you still long for some “me time.” And I think the bathroom is the perfect and only place you can have that without having to give a reason. I love the new skylight there, anyway! It’s a good addition to your “private” place. ;)

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  12. Not that private all the time Lakisha - they still manage to find me! xx

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  13. Hi Heidi... Sorry for commenting on such an old post of yours. We are also in Adelaide and currently looking to build an ensuite to our master bedroom (although on the outside of the house using the return of the verandah as a footprint). Most builders recommended to us have said the job is too small (or seem less than enthusiastic). Could you share which builder you used for this job? Feel free to email me at mycatssaymeow [at] gmail.com. Many thanks!

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