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The build­ing stage ran to its ex­pected time and de­liv­ered a great re­sult, but there’s no sugar-coat­ing the facts here – the floor was “a night­mare” ac­cord­ing to both Linda and Lena. To en­sure a smooth lay from con­crete floor to tiled bath­room, the floor needed to be ground down. “The ac­tual re­in­force­ment steel was al­most right to the top of the con­crete floor,” says Lena. “We ac­tu­ally broke four machines try­ing to grind it down.”

It wasn’t just aes­thet­ics driv­ing the need to grind the floor: there was no fall in the open wet area and wa­ter had been pool­ing and flow­ing into the bed­room space. The team needed to cre­ate a 10mm fall and added a bit more depth to al­low for the 8mm tile. “We now have a shower and the wa­ter all goes down the drain, not any­where else. It sounds sim­ple but it was com­pli­cated to achieve,” says Linda. Liv­ing with a por­ta­ble bath­room for 10 weeks while the mess un­folded wasn’t ideal, but “worth it,” she says.

Lena doesn’t mince words. “That floor was al­most the death of us,” she says. “But fun­nily enough, it ac­tu­ally made the project. I’m so glad we put in all that work.” Find out more about Lena’s work at by­bruno.com.au.

lessons learnt “You need to be flex­i­ble. As the process was un­der­way, we had to tweak things slightly. Lena was good at re­spond­ing quickly with so­lu­tions as it was hap­pen­ing” LINDA, HOME­OWNER

WARDROBE The U-shape de­sign fea­tures a ledge that dou­bles as a seat and suit­case spot. “It’s so ef­fi­cient when we’re get­ting ready or pack­ing and un­pack­ing,” says Linda. All the fit­tings are white – “no chrome al­lowed”, says Lena. A row of De­sign­ByThem ‘Dial’ hooks were added, with the wall opened up and studs in­serted to en­sure a strong, last­ing re­sult. Lena de­signed a mir­ror to match the bath­room’s oval el­e­ments and cater to Sam’s height.

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