Lo­cal home:

Stick­ing to the clients’ brief of de­liv­er­ing a bath­room which has the wow fac­tor but is still in keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of the home’s era earnt lo­cal builders WD Bryan Join­ery one of this year’s top HIA hon­ours, writes JARRAD BE­VAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

Hobart builders WD Bryan Join­ery on why their bath­rooms are mak­ing a splash

AL­MOST ev­ery year, the work of WD Bryan Join­ery House fea­tures highly in the an­nual HIA Awards — very of­ten as a win­ner in the bath­room or kitchen cat­e­gories.

At the 2016 awards, this fam­ily op­er­ated, Glenorchy-based busi­ness took home the top award in the bath­rooms cat­e­gory for its skilled work build­ing a sleek bath­room in an older New Town home.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor War­ren Bryan said while they were al­ways proud to win an award for their work, the most im­por­tant thing was de­liv­er­ing an ex­ten­sion, kitchen or bath­room for their clients that they are thrilled with.

“We get a lot of work through word of mouth, peo­ple come to us be­cause of the our rep­u­ta­tion for qual­ity – lo­cals and peo­ple from in­ter­state too,” he said.

“For the project that re­cently won the bath­room of the year we needed to match the style of the house. Our client was af­ter wow fac­tor but still in keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of the home’s era.”

Mr Bryan said the home­own­ers were very happy to win bath­room of the year.

“They wrote us a let­ter after­wards, which was nice,” he said.

“In their as­sess­ment, the judges noted that the bath­room’s tim­ber slats – which was an idea that orig­i­nally came from our clients – added tex­ture to the space.

“It was some­thing we worked on with them to in­cor­po­rate their ideas into the bath­room.”

Mr Bryan said car­ry­ing the theme of the house into the bath­room was his favourite as­pect of this project.

“It’s per­fectly in char­ac­ter with the whole house,” he said.

“If we had built an ul­tra-mod­ern bath­room, it may not have suited this home quite as well.”

Tim­ber fea­tures promi­nently in the bath­room, which is far from tra­di­tional, how­ever, Mr Bryan said if it is treated prop­erly the steam and wa­ter would be no prob­lem.

The bath­room also has a Staron bench­top, brushed alu­minium kick­boards, soft-close draw­ers, a cus­tom­made van­ity, an LED strip light in­te­grated into the dec­o­ra­tive mould­ing above the mir­rored cab­i­net, a frame­less shower, un­der­floor heat­ing and an ex­tended sky­light.

Af­ter set­ting a high bar for their busi­ness over the years, Mr Bryan said win­ning an award like this was still a chal­lenge that his team thrived on.

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