MAKEOVER: CLEAN LIVING
A family bathroom gets a modern makeover
“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 gardenandhome.co.zafor more makeoversGET MORE ONLINE