Bringing an Adelaide Bathroom Back to Life

The Client's Story

The house is a classic 1900s Adelaide villa, with four rooms at the front of the property divided by a hallway running down its entire length. The clients are semi-retired, and wanted to simplify and make better use of the space available to them by turning one of the rooms into an ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.

There was also some water damage in the room, which also made the need for renovation more pressing.

One of the client’s prerequisites was that the new ensuite and walk-in robe needed to reflect the design themes in the rest of the property. At the same time, they wanted to take this opportunity to fully modernise the bathroom in terms of fixtures and fittings, and so this meant installing a large shower alcove with a recess, a floating double vanity and a wall cistern toilet to bring these features up to modern standards.

The clients also wanted the ensuite bathroom to be on the same level as the rest of the house, with no steps making it easier to access.


In order to meet the client’s wishes for the design of the new bathroom to complement the style in the rest of the house, it was decided to install the same sort of picture hanging rail above the tile line. This was installed flush and created a seamless look.

Midway through the project, the client also decided that they wanted us to lower a nib wall in order to allow more light into the shower area. This was a significant improvement creating the ability to see from one side to the other when looking in the mirror.

We also created French doors for access to the walk-in wardrobe using an existing original door, which ensures that it blends in not only with the bathroom but the rest of the property.

A number of factors contributed to the success of this bathroom renovation. The reconfigured floor plan meant there was sufficient space to install a huge shower, along with a double vanity and a new toilet. The entire room has a refreshed, more contemporary look and blends seamlessly with the design and style in the rest of the home. This is emphasised by the fact that we were able to retain the original plantation shutters and doors.

Key Features

  • Marble weave mosaic floor tile
  • Floor tiles offset by a darker stone bench top with two raised
  • Curved sinks
  • Large mirror filling the wall above the spacious vanity unit
  • Floating double vanity


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