‘The bathroom was the last job on our to-do list when we moved into our home. We could live with the dated emulsion and the shower above the bath, and I was at a loss about how to organise the space any better,’ explains William.
‘I visited bathroom stores and browsed magazines but I was stuck with how to redesign the room. The crunch moment came during a visit from my parents, when I realised that they were finding it increasingly difficult to climb into the enormous roll-top bath we’d inherited from the previous owners. The time had come to make a change.’
A local showroom put William and his partner Ronald in touch with Dawn Pirie, an interior designer with a talent for bathroom makeovers.
The couple had two key criteria for their new-look bathroom. First, that it should incorporate a separate shower and bath; second, that it would include plenty of storage. After an initial visit in January 2014 to measure the space, Dawn returned with her designs four weeks later. Work began in March 2014 and was completed three weeks later.
The owners: William Clayton, a tattoo remover, and Ronald Pritchard, a head teacher
The property: A Victorian, three-bedroom semi-detached house
The location: Hoxton, east London
What they spent: The couple’s bathroom project cost around £13,000
The Jeeves wall lights by Jake Phipps were chosen to match those in the hallway.
It was important to get the right balance of ambient and functional lighting, so Dawn designated two separate electrical circuits. One is for the wall spotlights over the mirrors, as well as the central pendant, while the second controls the bowler-hat wall lights and the LED lighting behind the mirrors, under the vanity units and above the shower wall – perfect for a soft glow when enjoying a soak in the bath. ‘Lighting can make or break a room, especially in a space that’s both practical and a place to relax,’ she says.
A tall cupboard, made to measure by the builders, conceals the boiler and cistern. The woodwork in Soft Fauna 3 by Dulux picks up the eau-de-nil tones of the Grandis Azure wallpaper by Romo and the Bourbon tallboy from Made. The parquet-look flooring was actually created using Larice floor tiles from Walls & Floors.
The Petite Millbrook bath from The Cast Iron Bath Company is central to the new space. Either side of the shower, Castellon basins from Bauhaus sit on bespoke units protected with yacht varnish for a waterproof finish.
With a backdrop of Les Sablons crackle tiles from Walls & Floors, the chrome shower fittings from the Belgravia range at Crosswater add a contemporary edge. The Diga shower enclosure is from Kermi and the shower tray is by Zamori. Clay Katrine tiles have been used for the splashback, with mosaic Tulip Crystal tiles on the countertop, all from Walls & Floors.
A flush wet-room base and simple glass screen has created a walk-in shower that doesn’t dominate the space, while a smaller-than-average roll-top bath allows space to walk around the room without any ‘pinch points’.
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Photographer: Andrew Boschier