Jun 3, 2024 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Bathroom design is a big part of what I do day to day. I could be juggling designs for up to about 15 bathrooms at any one time, many homes have 3 bathrooms these days so it’s always a huge focus for me. I attended the Reece Bathroom Life yearly trends event last week and it got me thinking about good bathroom design in response to what is showing up as important to clients renovating or building new bathrooms at the moment. One of the top items that has become more important to clients when considering their new bathroom is the bath. For so long this was almost a forgotten piece in Australia with many Australians favouring a larger shower space. It seems that creating a spa like feel in our own homes is even more prevalent these days.

I wanted to share with you the process I go through when designing a bathroom for a client with a focus on bath areas. It is probably the most complex room in the house, with the biggest investment per sqm, the most amount of trades passing through and also the greatest amount of choices in terms of materials, fixtures and finishes. A lot goes into a bathroom, so here’s how I work it.

Beecroft Ensuite bath

Step 1

This is the time where I work through inspiration for the look and feel of the bathroom with the client, in addition behind the scenes I’m working up new and better layouts for the space. If we are able to move plumbing, then I look at how I can improve on what’s existing. Do we need to move a window or door? Or even a wall to make better use of the space. And then what about the shower, toilet, vanity and bath, where are those best placed? I work through all of this with CAD drawings providing options and narrative around pros and cons for each.

Step 2

Now we probably have a good idea on floor plan we start working on tile design, choosing our floor and wall tiles, any feature tiles that we might like to use and I advise on what should be placed where and how. Whilst this is happening, I’m pulling together a schedule of fixtures and finishes in line with our inspiration and floor plan. In terms of placement of feature tile, when there is a bath in the design I will often drop that feature tile floor to ceiling behind the bath to really highlight this space.

Brooklyn project – Feature tile behind bath

Step 3

I then finalise the plans ensuring everything that we’ve selected is represented as it should be. I check technical details and notes around lighting, waste placements, tile placement, height of tapware and showers all shown in a floor plan and wall elevations so my clients can really see their space come to life.

Example bathroom floor plan

Step 4

If my clients need a little more visualisation then I get the bathroom rendered up into a colour 3D elevation. This is almost photo realistic of what the bathroom will look like, tile design, placement of all of our pieces and room plan and dimensions come to life. From there my client is ready to sign off.

Example 3D render

Step 5

Whilst all of this has been happening, I’ve been pulling the budget together with costings from my suppliers and also working with one of my teams to gain a quote to carry out all of the works. So, at the end of the process my clients have a clear idea on how the room will look, feel and function and what level of investment is required to achieve this.

It’s really worth going through a vigorous process when it comes to designing any space in your home, especially when we are talking fixed elements and trade works. I have a service specifically dedicated to kitchen and bathroom design, check is out here.

If you’re thinking of renovating or building and need design advice don’t hesitate to reach out and see how I might be able to assist you:

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