A fam­ily bath­room gets a mod­ern makeover

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“ALTHOUGH IT WAS SPA­CIOUS, IT FELT DARK, DATED AND DINGY,” re­calls in­te­rior de­signer Michelle Mur­ray of In­te­ri­ors Etc of this bath­room in a 1940’s Cape home she ren­o­vated for a busy ca­reer cou­ple. A pre­vi­ous ren­o­va­tion had re­sulted in a glass brick shower cu­bi­cle and a con­crete van­ity. “It was in des­per­ate need of some style,” she adds.

HOW THEY UP­DATED IT The bath­room was gut­ted and, to bring in more light, a large win­dow was in­stalled to re­place two small ones. As the bath­room is used by the chil­dren and their grand­mother, they de­cided to in­clude a bath, which Michelle placed be­neath the win­dow. “I moved the van­ity to the wall next to the new walk-in shower. How­ever, I kept the toi­let in the same po­si­tion as the less plumb­ing you move, the more eco­nom­i­cal the process,” she ex­plains.

A small set­back oc­curred when they graded the f loor for the shower. They dis­cov­ered that dur­ing the pre­vi­ous ren­o­va­tion, the fill hadn’t been prop­erly com­pacted so a new slab had to be thrown. Once this was done, Michelle tiled the floor with large for­mat tiles to give a seam­less look and car­ried them through into the shower, which was screened on one side by a steel and glass panel. As the win­dow is glazed with pri­vacy glass, only a mock blind was nec­es­sary and the pat­tern em­pha­sises the con­tem­po­rary yel­low and grey scheme.

As Michelle be­lieves in lay­er­ing light­ing to con­trol the mood, she re­placed the old down­lights with four new ones, a pen­dant and wall lights above the mir­ror, all on dif­fer­ent cir­cuits. “In a bath­room, the light­ing needs to be ei­ther soft and re­laxed or very bright.”

NOW IT’S A fun, prac­ti­cal and stylish room. “We love that it’s such a light and invit­ing space,” says the owner.


BE­FORE THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Although the shower screen looks pan­elled, it’s ac­tu­ally one sheet of safety glass be­hind the metal grid. “This makes it much eas­ier to clean,” ex­plains Michelle. The con­crete floor tiles are from Mazista Tiles and the blind fab­ric from Stu­art Gra­ham Fab­rics. A tiled panel from Tilespace creates a strong ver­ti­cal el­e­ment. The cus­tom-made van­ity unit fea­tures a coun­ter­top from Tel­tos Quartz and a pull-out laun­dry bin. Visit gar­de­nand­ more makeoversGET MORE ON­LINE

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