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With its marble-patterned porcelain tiles and cantilevered wood-veneer vanity, this family bathroom makes a big statement


Designing a more spacious bathroom when you can't physically enlarge a space calls for creative thinking.

The solution for this project was to remove an existing bathtub and to work with a limited palette of materials that were chosen to enhance a spacious feel.

The bathroom, which was part of a major makeover designed by architect Ria Pepper, is lined with I Bianchi Di Rex Paonazzetto porcelain tiles. These have a distinctive marble-look pattern that complement the predominantly black-and-white colour scheme evident throughout the rest of the house.

A dark-stained American white oak veneer vanity with an Antique Brown leathered granite top is cantilevered from the wall to reinforce the sense of space. The flush, sleek lines of the cabinet also avoid a busy, cluttered look. Additional storage is provided behind the mirrored panels.

A glass-walled shower box further enhances the open, airy feel of the room.


The owners say the family bathroom has two doors – one opens to a passage, while the other opens directly to one of the bedrooms, effectively forming a suite.

First published date: 15 May 2011

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Architect Ria Pepper, Pepper Architects (Auckland)
Interior designer Ria Pepper; owner
Builder Swney Buildings
Vanity manufacturer New Image Kitchens
Vanity cabinetry American white oak veneer with custom stain and Antique Brown leathered granite top
Basin Diane from Robertson Agencies
Tapware Solo basin mixer from Robertson Agencies
Shower fittings Rainhead shower and Solo fittings from Robertson Agencies
Wall and floor tiles I Bianchi Di Rex Paonazzetto porcelain from spazioCasa
Lighting Halcyon Lighting
Blinds Home Vision Blinds
Mirror New Image Kitchens