Read how one of our own bathroom designers Lee Watkins talks about how he designed and planned his own traditional style bathroom - a real labour of love.
I've designed bathrooms for over a decade now and felt it was a special opportunity to finally put my own bathroom design together. There was an incentive to put together a statement room with a lot of wow factor.
The house was built in 1901, so there was a huge nod to the Victorian origins of the house - including traditionally styled WC, bath, brassware, as well as the ever-popular metro 'brick' tile.
I wanted an up-to-date twist on the Victorian style, with the growing trend of ornate brass and gold fittings - something that would really pop against green tiles while classy and intimate. Turn of the century decadence, with a softened masculine racing green.
There was a debate in the house about a large shower (Lee’s preference) vs his family's desire to keep a bath. Taking advantage of the tapered wide end of the bathroom, he found a great little 1300mm sit tub which would go under the window, whilst having a large walk-in shower on the right side. This was a great choice complimenting a deep sit tub, which would have been a common type of bathing at the time. The acrylic bath has the benefit of being more lightweight than steel or cast iron (less strain on the timber joists), plus it is warmer to the touch when getting in, keeps heat in longer, and is a more cost-effective material than cast iron. Furthermore, Lee and his family can enjoy views outside the window from the bath without compromise or lack of privacy!
As a bathroom designer layout is king. Lee’s number one principal in every room he plans is good design layout and functionality – feng shui principle. To gain the best positioning and good functionality from the bath to the shower and towel rail, Lee ensured the opening of the shower, the bath, the WC and the towel rail were all equally distanced from a central point. This makes movement around the bathroom feel easy and efficient. Equally, he wanted to have taller fittings (like the WC) either side, so it visually frames the centre of the room and draws the eye toward the bath, placed centrally under the window.
The roll top bath required a freestanding tap, because a conventional 'deck mounted' tap cannot be installed on the rim of this model of bath. This gave an opportunity to make a feature of the tap centred by the window.
Lee likes to work on a principle of three or four colours - two or three backdrop colours, and one highlight colour. In this case, the green and anthracite made a great background for the brass to pop against, whilst the brighter chestnut brown tone of the flooring added a little warmth against the cooler/bluer tones. An anthracite powder coated steel towel rail compliments the bluey – grey tinge in the tiles and the grey-grout used to lay them. These little details combine to create a beautiful bathroom.
The shower tray colour co-ordinates with the rest of the room. It’s easy to walk into and is anti-slip because of its attractive natural slab-like texture, feeling lovely under foot. A hinged deflector to the shower glass eliminates splashing which is overlooked when customers aspire to a super minimal walk-in shower.
In traditional shaker style, compact fitted anthracite cabinets still house plenty of storage complimented with beautiful brass handle fittings and sanitaryware, complete with a durable and easy to clean marble effect worktop. Lee has planned it to fit perfectly centred between the shower and the storage shelving. Clever storage custom built by Lee and his father, around and above the door maximizes full height of the room. The anthracite paint is matched to the exact colour of the fitted cabinets – talk to Gardiner Haskins about our colour matching service to create the perfect shade for your bathroom.
A mirrored double door slim cabinet makes another impressive statement in the bathroom. This slim mirrored cabinet demists and contains a handy usb charge along with 2 pin chargers hidden inside. It lights up and mirrored sides are a nice feature helping it to ‘disappear’ against the surroundings rather than the usual aluminium box shape. A downlight underneath the cabinet highlights the splashback.
Wood effect anti-slip and waterproof flooring by Malmo enhances the traditional feel, great for a bathroom.
Visit our bathroom showroom and see our huge choice of bathrooms, showers, fixtures and fittings for yourself. You can talk to our bathroom planning team in-store, call us on 0117 9292288 or book an appointment here.
Product List Suppliers:
Fitted Furniture Units:
Calypso Pentland Slate & Calypso Georgia Semi Recessed Ceramic Basin
Minerva Carrara Marble Worktop
Third Party (1300mm Chatsworth Acrylic Roll Top Bath). We have similar sizes and styles of bath available via Burlington, Adamsez, Eastbrook, April and more.
Shelving around door:
Custom built 18mm MDF, painted with colour matched Calypso Pentland Slate.
HiB Breeze White Wall Extraction
Third Party IP67 Bathroom Compatible light fittings. Third Party: Bulbs are Phillips Hue White Colour Changing, Dimmable lights
Eastbrook Traditional Valves
Eastbrook Snap on anthracite pipe covers and collars
Merlyn Truestone Graphite 1600 x 800 x 30mm Tray & Colour Matched Fast Flow Waste
Kudos Ultimate Wet Room Panels, 8mm, with Brushed Brass profiles, bracing bars and deflector panel hinges.
Kudos Full return fold-away deflector panel.
Basin Tap, Shower System & Bath Taps:
Roper Rhodes Keswick Brushed Brass
Eastbrook Wingrave Matt Anthracite, with colour match towel brackets
Burlington High Level Dual Flush WC & Cistern, Polished Gold
HiB Exxos 1200mm Lit, Demisting, Charging, Mirrored Sides, Splashback Downlight
Malmo Brada Chesnut - Multi-size plank effect waterproof bathroom flooring - Anti-Alip, Easy Clean, Insulated Underlay pre-attached to flooring.
Third party (Total Tiles Ambience Green), but we sell a similar tile from Tileflair called Carnival Jade
Kerakoll Fugabella Resino-Cement Grout in Colour 10 'Dark Grey' (Really wanted a darker grey to complement the anthracite and pick up the cooler blue tones in the green tiles).
Paired with colour match silicone from Kerakoll
Tiling Edging Trims:
Schluter Jolly 10mm Dark Anthracite, powder coated aluminium trims.
Installer Information and Feedback from Lee
“Aqua Bathrooms Installed (Nathan & his team) - They were excellent, fairly priced, and got on with it over a 3 week span.
They took on board the slightly obsessive specifications I had and were accommodating to adjust any details in the fit to get it perfect according to my design.
An installation is only as smooth as the design and supply of fittings. If you can cover every little thing, the installer has everything they need to progress, and don't have to interrupt their work to supply forgotten items. If you choose and supply each detail yourself, you can't be disappointed by what an installer might fairly assume to supply at short notice. “
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