Bathroom design options you might not have considered
Modern bathroom design offers a huge range of options to totally customise the space to create the perfect style and function for your home. The following is a list of a few bathroom design ideas which you may not have considered but could take your renovation to the next level.
Shower or bath niche
A niche is a recessed shelf usually located in the shower or next to the bath and can be used to keep all your beauty essentials in one place, as well as the standard shampoo and conditioner. The niche can be designed to any size and installed on most walls (load-bearing walls may not be suitable for very large niches). Your niche can be long and thin or more box shaped, they’re totally customisable to meet the requirements of your bathroom design.
Niches are not only used as a functional shelf for your shower items but can be used to create a feature and add to the style of bathroom.
Hint - make sure your niche is tall enough to fit your favourite shampoo and conditioner bottles.
This niche fits between the original stud work in the wall. This style of niche may not be centred but is a cost-effective option.
This wall to wall niche requires the stud work in the wall to be reframed. This allows the niche to be made to any size. Please note - this style is not suitable for a load-bearing wall (eg. external wall).
Built-in shower seat
A built-in shower seat allows you to sit and relax while having a shower or can be used as footrest when washing your feet or shaving your legs. Shower seats can be bench style, fit into the corner of the shower, or be fully customised to perfectly suit the space available.
A seat in the shower is a functional feature for homes with children or older residents and can also double as an additional shelf.
Built-in shower ledge
Adding a ledge in the shower can add depth to the wall, be used as a feature, and utilised as a spacious shelf. The ledge can be a great addition in other areas of the bathroom too, such as next to the bath or to add storage alongside or over the vanity.
Cornice or square set ceiling
The join where the walls meet the ceiling may not be high on your ‘bathroom design decisions to make’ list but it’s the little features like this that can perfectly finish off your new bathroom. Your choices fall into two categories - cornice or square set.
A cornice is a decorative trim used where the wall and ceiling meet. This often fairly plain cove is usually made from Gyprock and can be used as a unique feature or to hide inconsistencies in the edge of the ceiling.
Cornices are often used in more traditional bathroom designs like rustic, country, French-style or vintage, and can range from plain to ornate.
A square set ceiling has no cove (cornice) installed. The plasterer or tiler uses a tape or corner trim to create a sharp square set finish to the ceiling.
The square set style is very popular in more contemporary bathroom designs.
Large-format tiles are a very popular choice for the bathroom floor and walls as they look seamless and can make the area feel more spacious and luxurious. To get the best results when laying large format tiles, in regards to achieving falls in showers without needing to split tiles to create the required fall, we install a strip drain.
This unique drain style also allows walk-in showers to be seamless with a smooth transition in the floor to the waste point.
To achieve falls to the floor waste outside the shower recess with tiles larger than 300x300mm the tiles need to be split around the floor waste point. As per the picture below.
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