Opposties attract

Opposties attract



Angles and curves, symmetry and asymmetry, warm and cool, modern and classical coexist in this beautiful bathroom.

Located in a 1970s-style home, the original bathroom featured alcoves with arched entrances and planter boxes around the bath and in front of the window, creating a cluttered, congested space.

With a brief to design a more user-friendly bathroom, Peter Sveinsson of Brilliant Bathrooms made the removal of the walls dividing the shower and bath the first priority. With these out of the picture, Peter could concentrate on designing a sizeable, light-filled bathroom where the hard-working owners could take refuge at the end of a long day.

To open up the room and evoke a sense of space, a frameless shower screen and simple white cabinets were installed. The dark green floor, spa surround, wall feature and benchtop add some substance to the otherwise all-white colour scheme.

As well as space for the owners to relax in style, the luxurious oval-shaped spa bath contrasts with the design’s strong, symmetrical lines. The tiled spa surround follows the curved contour of the bath, adding visual interest to the space. A template pattern was created for the spa and vanity tops to allow both to be cut from a single piece of Silestone. Some clever pattern-making was required as it was the only available slab of colour in the country.

Only the highest standard fittings were utilised in the design with the taps and accessories selected for quality, ease of use and care. Storage has also been carefully considered, with the owners wanting to make up for the lack of storage in the rest of the home. The grooming area has everything at hand yet out of sight. The fully symmetrical cupboards give an integrated feel with the bulkhead and cornice profiles built as part of the cabinets. Underfloor heating and a heated towel ladder complete the bathroom’s luxurious feel.

Given the space’s creative blend of modern and classical elements, it’s little wonder the bathroom won designer Peter Sveinsson the HIA SA 2007 Bathroom Designer of the Year award.

Project particulars

Designed by: Peter Sveinsson
Built by: Brilliant bathrooms
3/276 Shepherds Hill, Eden Hills SA 5050
Tel (08) 8278 1122
Email admin@brilliantbathrooms.com.au
Website www.brilliantbathrooms.com.au

Bath: 1935mm x 1150mm oval-shaped Stylus President Body Therapy spa bath
Shower: Kewco Ultima 10mm frameless shower screen with clear glass with Dorf Maxum shower set
Basin: Villeroy & Boch Loop & Friends rectangular drop-in basins
Toilet: Villeroy & Boch Omnia Pro suite
Vanity: Wattyl White 30 per cent gloss finish to all front and side panels, bevel-edge doors, Silestone Verde Absolut 20mm top, Lincoln Sentry handles
Taps: Polo basin mixers
Accessories: Circit toilet roll holder, towel rails and DCS Niko Alto heated towel rail
Walls: White gloss non-rectified 300mm x 400mm
Floor: Atrio Aosta 300mm x 300mm tiles
Lights: Low voltage
Heating: Devi underfloor heating

Cost: approximately, for design, manufacture, installation, plumbing and electrical, $45,000-$50,000

Lyndon Stacey Photography