The homeowners wanted a new family bathroom in the extended dormer of their mid-century detached bungalow in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. The challenge? With two young children, they needed a practical bathroom (with a pinch of luxury) that was fit-for-all. See how they salvaged their initially incompatible space for under £7,500.
A number of catalysts sparked the homeowner's need for a bathroom makeover. Poor utilisation of the space, substandard accessories and a trickling shower fixture were all affecting the family's bathing experience.
'The room was cramped, with poor-quality fittings and a dripping showerhead.' explains the homeowner.
‘The extended dormer window gave us the space to have a separate walk-in shower and freestanding bath, with room to comfortably fit us all in at the children’s bath time. We don’t have an en suite so that was another reason we went for such a high finish here,' she adds.
'I didn’t want to be precious about the space as it’s for the children, too, but we also wanted it to feel like a luxurious adult retreat for us to relax in. The natural light from the new rooflight creates a feeling of a sanctuary and, when we light the scented candles from my online shop (woodlandsbay.com), you could almost think you’re in a luxury spa!'
'Pared-back complementary colours and good-quality wall-hung fittings that are easy to keep clean make this family bathroom the perfect light-filled space.’
'I really believe in working with the age and style of a property rather than against it. I would describe my style as mid-century modern, with a touch of minimalism, which sums up this space.' says the owner.
However, the makeover wasn't all smooth sailing. 'We had to lift the bath in by crane as it was a whopping 140 kilos!' she adds.
The teak wood vanity adds texture to the otherwise pared-back teal and white washroom scheme.
‘Simple subtle-grey walls alongside pale tiles and marble flooring work well, with the added warmth from wood,’ says the homeowner.
‘The vertical tiles lead the eye up to the new rooflight,' says the owner.
'We love lying in the bath and seeing the stars or watching clouds drift over. It’s solar controlled, so we don’t end up cold in winter or scorching in summer,’ she adds.
'The green mosaic tiles add subtle colour, while the mirror ties in with the other black fittings,’ says the homeowner.
A niche finished with the Zeze tiles, is the perfect place for shampoos. And, they've paid as much due diligence to the outside of the shower enclosure to squeeze as much comfort and style into the space.
'We especially loved the marble hexagon floor tiles, and chose to have underfloor heating,’ says the homeowner.
Focus on: Rooflights
A perfect fusion of form and function, rooflights add to the luxurious look of a room as well as maximising natural light and transforming a space.
- A rooflight can make an amazing difference in terms of lighting, ventilation and overall style of a room.
- When it comes to its benefits, the physiological impact of increased levels of natural daylight can have immediate results. Sunlight helps our bodies produce Vitamin D which in turn helps regulate our mood and energy levels.
- Rooflights open up new vistas from your bath whether it’s star-gazing at night or watching the clouds by day.
- When planning a rooflight make sure you won’t be overlooked. If so, consider remote-control blinds or privacy shielding.
- Self-cleaning glazing is a good idea if your rooflight is not accessible.
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Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.
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