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“Electricals (for hair drying) and d water t sources are not a great combination. You’re better off with a benchtop with a big mirror and a single basin.”
But if there’s one bathroom essential no one wants to see, it’s the toilet. Darren says it’s worth thinking a little creatively about where to place the most important seat in the house.
“No one wants to see the toilet in an open-plan bedroom suite,” he says. “If the space is big enough you can put a wall in the middle of the room with the basin on one side and the shower or toilet behind it so that you can have two people in there at once without impinging on their privacy.”
Beyond the basics, most of us are looking for a sense of comfort and even luxury in our bathrooms. This has led to the rising popularity of freestanding baths. But Darren says they’re not for everyone.
“Australians have a real affection for freestanding baths but if you can’t clean around it, it’s not the best idea because the dust that collects turns to mould fairly quickly,” he says.
Large format tiles are popular with clients looking to minimise grout lines, although mosaic tiles still feature heavily, especially as a focal point on walls.
On the other hand, he says, underfloor heating has practically become a standard inclusion for many people looking for a little warmth underfoot.
“It’s almost pre-printed into the contract,” he says. “People also want silent extractor fans — we want everything calm and serene.”