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Renovated laundry-bathroom by Royston Wilson Design

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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.

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"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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Designer Katrina Luxton, Royston Wilson Design (Melbourne)
Builder Bubbles Bathrooms
Cabinetry Lacquered in Resene Malta; Janper Thompson profile
Benchtops Emperador Brown granite
Taps Nicolazzi Traditional bright nickel with black crystal handle
Washing machine Miele
Accessories DC SHort Fineline S heated rail; Avenir Artisan towel rail
Award HIA 2011 VIC Laundry Project of the Year Runner-up