Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Andrew Ashton
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Renovated laundry-bathroom by Royston Wilson Design
When this Victorian house was built, it is most likely the washing was done outdoors, or on a porch.
Much has changed, of course, and the house now has a multifunctional laundry, which was recently remodelled by designer Katrina Luxton of Royston Wilson Design.
"Because the room is also used as a bathroom, it needed to be attractive and tidy," the designer says. "At the same time, there was a lot to accommodate – we didn't want the space to appear overcrowded."
Luxton separated the vanity from the rest of the space by installing a sliding glass door. This ensures that only the vanity, and an attractive tiled wall, are in a direct sightline if the door to the rest of the house is left open.
The washing machine and dryer were installed within a cupboard under the bench so they are hidden from view. A full-height broom cupboard was added, and a hidden pullout with ironing board was installed in a new wall between the shower and toilet. This wall also provides privacy for the toilet near the exterior door.
"The original door was redesigned by Armadale Glass and the client," says Luxton. "It now features a decorative slumped glass panel with autumn leaves falling – complete with doggy door."
A mirrored splashback at the laundry end of the space reflects a patterned wallpaper in the vanity area. The laundry also has a removable drying rail and ample bench space.
First published date: 18 December 2012
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