‘This room was an Eight­ies throw­back’

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Jane and James Fitz­patrick’s bath­room was shabby and had no space for a shower un­til they gave it a dra­matic redo that proves even small bath­rooms can be lux­u­ri­ous

JANE AND JAMES GAVE THE BATH­ROOM A BOLD, SLICK LOOK WITH SIM­PLE SANITARYWARE AND STUN­NING TEX­TURED SPLIT-GRAN­ITE TILING THAT SUITS THE RUS­TIC NA­TURE OF THEIR FARM­HOUSE

For a sim­i­lar bath, try the Wind­sor Brook­lyn, £599, Vic­to­rian Plumb­ing. Split face mosaic black slate wall tiles, £83.11 per sq m; Mokara Grey ce­ramic wall tiles, £47.92 per sq m; sim­i­lar Ca­pao Mato Grey slate floor tiles, £63.89 per sq m; all Topps Tiles

how Jane did It

‘Hav­ing three large males in the house, this room was a pri­or­ity. A bath and a shower were at the top of my wish list, but given the lim­ited space, it seemed im­pos­si­ble. Our builder sug­gested mov­ing the wall be­tween the bath­room and hall­way and repo­si­tion­ing the door. This cre­ated space for the shower and an al­cove to slot a bath into. None of this was in our orig­i­nal bud­get, but they were more than worth do­ing. Lay­ing un­der­floor heat­ing meant we didn’t need a ra­di­a­tor, which gave us more shelf space. I read in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines for dé­cor ideas, but my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion came from our lo­cal Ital­ian restau­rant. It had split face gran­ite tiles on one wall, which I loved. We ended up spend­ing £7,500 in to­tal, which in­cluded the build­ing work, and it took three weeks. The end re­sult is be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions – it’s a calm sanc­tu­ary. I hate the boys us­ing it be­cause I want it to stay per­fect!’

What I learned “Ex­pect the un­ex­pected with an old house. We found an­ti­quated plumb­ing, pipework is­sues and the old boiler and hot water tank had to be re­placed – which we hadn’t bud­geted for”

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BUILT-IN FUR­NI­TURE KEEPS THIS SMALL SPACE FEEL­ING STREAM­LINED AND NEAT. JANE CHOSE A DARK, GLOSS FIN­ISH TO COM­PLE­MENT THE COLOUR OF THE TILES AND CRE­ATE A FO­CAL POINT AGAINST THE PALE GREY WALL

Geo semi-coun­ter­top basin, £167.50; Vigour basin mixer tap, £164.50; Aruba Mali basin unit, £395.50; Aruba Mali floor cup­board, £234.70; White lam­i­nate work­tops, £108.50 for a 1,500mm length; all

Roper Rhodes. Sim­i­lar Pellini mar­ble and porce­lain wall tiles, £88.78 per sq m, Topps Tiles

THE FRAMELESS SHOWER SCREEN DOESN’T IN­TER­RUPT SIGHT LINES, VIS­UALLY STRETCH­ING THE SPACE. SQUEEZING IN AN EX­TRA-LARGE RAIN­FALL SHOWER HEAD GIVES THE ROOM HO­TEL-STYLE LUX­URY Hy­dra dual-func­tion shower sys­tem (in­cludes valve, fixed arm, shower head and...

AN­GU­LAR BRASSWARE MATCHES THE BOXY SANITARYWARE LINES Hy­dra filler taps, £218.50, Roper Rhodes

Down­lighters TH­ESE CAST A BEAM DOWN THE WALL FOR SOFT, RE­LAX­ING LIGHT

Turn to page 149 to shop the look THIS TILED SHELF BLENDS IN WITH THE FLOOR cam­ou­flaged LEDGE

HAS BUILT-IN LIGHTS AND BLUE­TOOTH FOR STREAM­ING TUNES Smart Mir­ror

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