In this compact, two-bedroom apartment, a stone’s throw from Auckland’s Mission Bay, designer Shane George from Kitchens By Design was asked to completely rethink his client’s kitchen and bathrooms – and herein lay his first dilemma: whether to combine the existing small bathroom and toilet into one larger bathroom.
“I resisted the temptation to knock the two into one, instead keeping the two rooms as they were. I thought it would give more versatility in the long run.
“My client wanted a cool, light and crisp aesthetic throughout her apartment, which meant I had to work hard in this small room [1.6 x 2.7m] to not only fit everything in, but also make it feel fresh and airy.”
To create more space, Shane took out the original cramped shower and replaced it with a generous walk-in one. A chequerboard-pattern tile defines this area and the same-sized plain white tile used in the rest of the room gives continuity. Large concrete-look floor tiles finish the look.
“For the tapware, shower, fixtures and fittings, and the edging around the shower glass, I went all black,” says the designer. “This not only defined each item, but also pulled them together visually.”
In such a small room, lighting is superimportant. “In addition to recessed ceiling lights, a backlit feature mirror and underlit cantilevered vanity gives the illusion that these two elements are floating.” >