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Bathrooms that are past their use-by date can often benefit from a total remake, where every element is reconsidered to best suit requirements.

Designer Celia Visser was commissioned to undertake such a project for the master and guest bathrooms in this house. The designer says both bathrooms were dated and rather cramped, and were not up to the standard of the rest of the house, which has been extensively renovated.

"The house is modern, with a classical contemporary look, and we wanted the bathrooms to make a similar design statement. It was particularly important to maximise the space and ensure the rooms would not be too cluttered."

To provide continuity, both rooms feature an Ocean Blue travertine marble vanity. Visser says the marble, which matches the interior colour scheme throughout the house, was chosen to provide the desired wow factor. It is teamed with a very light olive green lacquer on the vanity cabinetry.

"Because space was limited, the vanities both have integrated marble trough sinks. This minimises the number of different materials appearing in the bathrooms, which helps maintain a spacious look.


"Similarly, cantilevering the cabinetry makes the floor area larger."

The two bathrooms are not identical, however. Black tapware and accessories were specified for the master bathroom to provide a point of difference. And the guest bathroom incorporates a freestanding Nova bathtub.

"The original bathroom had a shower over the tub, which the owners did not want," says Visser. "But providing a separate shower meant it was a very tight fit to include the tub – there was not much leeway.

"We ran the marble down one side of the vanity in this bathroom to keep the look clean and tidy."

Ample storage is provided in both rooms, with the guest bathroom incorporating mirrored medicine cabinets that run the length of the room. LED lighting above and below the cabinets washes the walls, creating a floating effect.

The master bathroom has decorative sconces mounted on the large mirror above the vanity. A glass door and new skylight also ensure plenty of natural light floods the room.

First published date: 14 February 2014

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Designer Celia Visser, Celia Visser Design (Auckland)
Builder M3 Construction
Cabinetmaker Laustsen Cabinet Makers Ensuite
Basin Travertine Ocean Blue by SCE Stone & Design
Tapware Milano; Cascade 3 bath spout from Plumbline
Floor and wall tiles Travertino White by Independent Ceramics
Lighting Eurohaus from Lighthouse
Accessories Plumbline
Bathtub Nova from Plumbline
Shower fittings Milano; Soho from Plumbline
Toilet Sfera 52 from Plumbline
Towel rail Siroco by DC Short