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Thanks to an outdoor courtyard, the owners of this bathroom can enjoy showering in the fresh air

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The purpose of a holiday house is to provide a relaxing retreat. Here, household chores that cut into leisure time should be kept to the bare minimum.

Using low maintenance surfaces in the bathroom is one way to reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning. In this beach-side holiday home, architect Gabriel Poole has used sheets of Zincalume to clad the walls of the master bathroom. Aesthetically, the Zincalume sheeting provides a light-reflective surface that has a translucent appearance, says Poole.

"On a more practical level there is no grouting for dirt or mould to build up. This ensures the surfaces are relatively easy to keep clean."

As well as forming the walls of the shower, Zincalume wraps the contours of the adjoining outdoor courtyard. Here, a tree in a wooden planter reaches up towards the sky. The large glass doors separating the courtyard and the shower open to reveal this vista, offering the owners the option of showering in the open air.

Timber flooring further enhances what is essentially a simple, no-fuss look, says Poole. Duckboards in the shower provide a non-slip surface and textural contrast to the smooth, polished floorboards of the bathroom. The duckboards have a nautical flavour that works well with the vanity top – slim planks of Australian white beech trimmed in stainless steel. A pair of round washbasins complete the bathroom's streamlined look.

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First published date: 23 January 2004

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Architect Gabriel Poole, Gabriel & Elizabeth Poole Design (Queensland)
Vanity Australian white beech and stainless steel, custom designed by Gabriel Poole
Basins Duravit Bacino
Faucets Neo Wall
Overhead shower Galaxy in chrome
Cladding on bathroom walls and in courtyard Zincalume
Flooring Timber, with duckboards in shower