Client: Albert Park Bathroom
Designer: Ashlee Stark
CALL 1300 126 457
This charming small bathroom in a beautiful period home in Albert Park was certainly a layout
Originally containing a shower over bath and a small vanity, the brief was for a walk-in shower, a
larger vanity (if possible) and a toilet.
As part of the larger project brief, we converted a small room next to the main bedroom into an
ensuite, and an even smaller room beside the kitchen that housed the only toilet in the house into a
butler’s pantry. Essentially, we incorporated a toilet into the main/guest bathroom.
We had the flexibility of being able to relocate the entry door, but it took a few attempts before we
had everything in the right position. That done, we could then look at the ambience of the room
that the client wanted to have achieved as an end result.
The client had their eye on a patterned encaustic floor tile which was the first selection, and which
set the tone for the rest of the fixtures and fittings. These beautiful encaustic handmade tiles give an
alluring feel to the bathroom with their colourful pattern and authentic design. The matt finish of
these tiles will give off a lovely patina which will age over time to give a unique look – they are
definitely the hero of the space.
We commissioned a custom timber vanity and shaving cabinet crafted out of Spotted Gum, which
brought some warmth to space and allowed for ample storage. Timber finishes always serve to
bring a room together and ground it, giving a lovely ambience to a space.
One of the key goals for the renovations was to avoid the clinical feel of a bathroom. The client
wanted the spaces to have the feel of rooms, rather than cold bathrooms, so we kept tiling to a
minimum, left wall space for some artwork and incorporated beautiful timber where we could.
The final result was a compact but bright and comfortable main bathroom, with the simple inclusion
of handmade encaustic tiles that really give the space some character and charm.