I had a challenge set for me by a client earlier this year that really put my small space skills to the test! Essentially this is a family who live in a beautiful home on the lower north shore of Sydney, a family of 4, oh and don’t forget to the 2 Siamese cats! The home has great proportions, good size rooms and the bathroom was much larger than your average main bathroom. However they had no separate powder room, and nowhere else to put the laundry so it was always a tight squeeze in the mornings.
We took this room and carved out a space to create a separate powder room with it’s own entry from the hallway. Then I was left with an L-shaped space for the main bathroom, but how do I fit the laundry and storage and everything else needed in a main bathroom including a freestanding bath? We put that long entry area to good use. By installing an extra long, extra deep vanity meant we could put the washing machine and dryer inside the vanity area. We added above counter mirrored cabinets giving extra storage and then a set of drawers below the basin. This actually became a feature area of the bathroom. We had the cabinetry painted in a colour that matched in with the grey patterned floor tiles, we didn’t want just white this space needed some contrast. Then adding in the black shaker style door hardware and black tapware with Caesarstone Frosty Carina benchtop this whole area came alive.
Around the corner we used some space and wall depth going into the powder room for a linen cupboard, putting it around the corner meant it’s not the first thing you see as you walk into the room, those beautiful floor tiles needed to be the feature.
Then we could add in a compact toilet, small but deep freestanding bath and an ample shower. Keeping the features to the floor tiles and black tapware this makes the space feel light and spacious without cluttering. In the powder room we used the same floor tile and compact toilet and added in a feature pendant and a small wall mounted basin and mirror.
It’s interesting as it doesn’t feel much smaller than when it was one large room. Just goes to show you can really make a 2.9m x 3.8m space work hard and not compromise on aesthetics!