Killara Upstairs Bathroom
We renovated the upstairs bathroom to create a modern space where the children can spend their time and that matches the modern-classic style that has been implemented in the home. While the rest of the house had been updated and upgraded, the bathrooms were left for last – which is where we come in.
Due to the home being a period home, there are often little “surprises” in the layout and foundations of homes older than 50 years. We needed to carefully shave down the floor joist timbers to ensure that there wasn’t a step up into the bathroom – a common feature in homes of this age. However with children and a more modern floor plan, this couldn’t be so, and so the floor joists were expertly adjusted to suit the updated flow of the home.
The key to success in this space was in the layout. Vanity space in this bathroom was a premium, but also of high importance to the family and a key to creating a space that the kids could function in well. A large shower and a full sized toilet were also a must in the design, which competed with the vanity for space in this awkwardly sized room. A strong layout was necessary to ensure that the bathroom had a strong function as well as a beautiful form.
The floor tiles were laid in a herringbone pattern, and in this bathroom more than most it was a difficult process. Due to the natural curved edge of these tiles, we opted not to use any tile spacers as their accuracy would be called into question with the curve. So each tile on this floor has been individually spaced by hand – a job that very few Sydney bathroom renovators would willingly take on, but something that Integriti Bathrooms were more than happy to work with to ensure a modern luxury bathroom finish.
The unusual powder blue of the vanity is combined with monochrome tones throughout the bathroom so that the cabinetry and counter top are the absolute star of this space. Black accents and the dark slate tile floor ground the space and create interest and texture in a very white space. The massive walk in shower is a complete piece of luxury with its modern finish rain head and a huge piece of splash glass. Elements like the subway tile and the horizontal-join ceiling ensure that a hint of heritage feature is included, a nod to the way the house was but with a dramatic and beautiful modern luxury upgrade.
Killara Downstairs Bathroom
The second part in our recent work with Lynne Bradley Interiors was the downstairs bathroom at Killara in Sydney’s North. This bathroom is the absolute epitome of luxury, and that is precisely what was requested – a classic-modern guest bathroom with a bath that you can relax in with a glass of wine.
The bathroom was already quite spacious and luxe, but hadn’t been updated since the 80’s and was beginning to look a little dated. The client wanted to replace the sun shower that they had previously with a large bathtub for relaxing in and enjoying the view into the lush garden just beyond the bathroom windows.
To do this required a serious technical overhaul in the demolition of the room. Plumbing needed to be completely reconfigured to create the bathroom of our client’s dreams, which involved removing the whole 200mm thick floor slab to allow access to pipework. Not a small task, this influenced the eventual position of the floor mounted spout – as it had to be set into the concrete, the position had to be absolutely perfect before the rest of the bathroom was installed. There was no room for error.
The design of this bathroom is both a nod to the gorgeous Art-Deco period but its revival in modern times. You would never be confused in thinking that this was an original bathroom with all the modern conveniences, but it does drag your memory back to luxury bath houses with its beautifully shaped mirror, strong use of marble and stunning period-specific details like the crystal door knobs.
A strong neutral palette of blue-greys, white and pewter are used, allowing the stunning view to be the hero in the room, adding a layer of depth, colour and tropical luxury. The inset floor tiles in a small triangle pattern are a testament to our tiling team, with each piece being laid individually and requiring many man hours, but as a key element to the design, that which is necessary was done.
Luxury modern fittings, like the sleek lines of the chrome basin handles and the futuristic Methven shower head, remind you that this bathroom is modern. Not only do these elements match with the upstairs bathroom in this Killara home, creating a sense of unity and completeness to the overall design of the home; but they act as juxtaposition to the classic elements like subway tiles, marble and the art deco features, creating a balanced, classic-modern space for guests and family members alike to relax, enjoy and grow in.