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Townhouse bathroom includes concealed laundry entered via a hidden door

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Slate tile flooring and matching wall tiles combine with a wood batten vanity and accent wall to give this bathroom a warm, natural appeal

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Often the wider design brief for a home trickles down to influence the look of the more intimate spaces – as with this modern bathroom, one of two in a townhouse development by architect Grant Amon.

"We designed the two houses – located on a prominent corner site – with a close integration of materials and forms so they appear as one ambiguous building, down-playing their impact," says Amon. "This included an emphasis on natural materials, including natural woods, concrete floors, metal cladding, recycled bricks and slate tiling. And many of these rugged, honest surfaces continue into the bathrooms, which both include concealed laundries."

The bathrooms' heated floors are in a dark, large-format Brazilian slate tile as are the walls, giving these surfaces a moody recessive feel.

Introducing a warm, natural texture to complement the cool tiles, Amon finished both the vanity unit and the wall concealing the laundry doors in cedar battens.

"To add another natural, quiet tone to the palette, we specified a teal green solid surface benchtop and splashback for the vanity unit," Amon says.


To set-off the look, the architect chose understated contemporary fittings and accessories. These include chrome tapware, white top-mount basins and a toilet with a concealed cistern and black pan lid.

First published date: 30 January 2018

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Architect Grant Amon Architects
Builder Lloyd Build
Vanity cabinetry and accent wall Cedar horizontal timber battens
Benchtop and splashback Pine solid surface by Marblo
Vanity basins Laufen Mimo counter basin from Reece
Taps Technobili Up Basin Mixer from Reece
Shower fittings Nikles Pure 140 2F Rail Shower and Technobili Up Shower Mixer from Reece
Accessories Mizu Drift Straight toilet roll holder from Reece, Ideal Standard Tonic towel rail and Mizu Drift soap dish
Toilet Laufen Mimo with Soft Close Seat
Floor and wall tiles 300 x 600mm Brazilian Slate Tile from Stonetile Ind
Lighting Waterproof LED strip lighting and recessed LED downlight from Studio Italia
In-floor heating Under Tile Electric Heating System
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended