Take a look back at 10 of our favourite bathroom renovations

Article by Homes to Love

We’ve created a list of some of our favourite bathroom designs from the past few years, take a look for the ultimate-inspo. 

1. Ensuite with an industrial edge

A generous ensuite with an industrial edge was the brief for this inner-city Auckland home, a finalist for 2016’s Home of the Year Awards. The results are sensational and the architects Andrea Bell and Andrew Kissell have created the perfect ensuite that is in keeping with the home’s industrial aesthetic. The exposed concrete and utilities create a strong activation of urban edge, which juxtaposes with the shiny marble basins.

The wall-hung basins are from Metrix, and the simple form appealed to the couple – as well as having room to put things, which is an important consideration with the lack of vanity.  “It’s incredibly easy and something that really interests us – transforming a raw, rough industrial space into something luxurious with a few simple touches.”

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2. Sauna-inspired aesthetic bathroom

This sauna inspired bathroom priorities function but doesn’t compromise on style. After the families recent pool and outdoor addition, they wanted to add a bathroom to service the pool and avoid people having to walk through the house.

The brief requested sauna-like aesthetic, the entire project took around three months. The architect, Andrew Meiring, has created an exceptional response. Meiring loves to work with wood – so he designed a horizontal, panelled cedar wall, which the family love.

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3. This $30,000 renovation is a vision in blue mosaic tiles

Smart design and sophisticated materials combine to transform a walk-in wardrobe into a dreamy bathroom oasis. The homeowners wanted to create an ensuite utilising the space previously occupies by a small walk-in-wardrobe. They knew they wanted a double shower and mosaic tiles so incorporated those, plus good storage in the vanity.

The glass mosaics are a thoughtful addition to the 1960’s heritage home. This beautiful room is complete with skylights for natural light, and hidden LED sensor lights under the vanity for subtle night light.

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4. This bathroom nails its traditional heritage-style features 

This Blenheim bathroom has embraced all its best villa-style features as batten and board panelling, tongue and groove, and a claw-foot bath. With a shared love for heritage homes, this couple have created a stunning bathroom to go with their traditional three bedroom home.

The home is predominately soft and traditional colours, but they wanted to add a subtle pop of colour in the bathroom with a light blue. The homeowners are delighted with the result “everyone who comes here passes a comment on the bathroom”, says Kirsty.

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5. Glamour bathroom by Lloyd Hartley 

This renovation has resulted in a drop-dead glamorous bathroom and ensuite fit for a movie star. Having bought the home a year earlier, they decided to renovate with the intention of creating a three bedroom, two bathroom house. The owners engaged architects Lloyd Hartley and dealt with Mike Hartley directed on the project.

It was his idea to convert the bedroom with sunroom into a master ensuite. The design boasts a beautiful palette with an industrial edge, as well as trending black accents. They attribute clever architectural ideas and attention to detail from the builders for this stunning bathroom.

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6. Newly renovated elegant apartment bathroom

Having lived in their top floor apartment in Grey Lynn for some time, these homeowners decided it was time for the only bathroom accessed off the living area to become fabulous. Because the pattern of the marble is so strong, they wanted to choose fittings that were simple but strong so the pattern of the marble didn’t dominate the room.

Designer Yvette Jay has done a superb job at filling the brief and this apartment bathroom is a lesson in elegant design.

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7. A petite bathroom with rustic texture

This newly renovated St Heliers ensuite bathroom by Studio 106 Architects goes big on rustic texture, while still managing to keep things modern. The homeowners didn’t want anything shiny, they prefer things to be rustic and understated. The solid brass uncoated tapware by Astra Walker is an example of their taste preferences, the tiles are matte too. The concrete sink with its brutalist form fits perfectly with the style.

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8. A 1950s weatherboard home with a sleek family bathroom

A skylight, clever tile design, and black and white accents create a sleek small space in Mairangi Bay family bathroom. Another exceptional bathroom designed by Lloyd Hartley Architects – this bathroom was the consolidation of what were three strangely separated cubicles. The design has reinforced this integration with a simplicity and consistency of materials and introduced a curved wall into the shower.

Elements of black steel, consistent with exterior alterations, were incorporated into the custom-made cabinetry. Southern windows that adjoined the entrance and driveway were removed and replaced with a large skylight over the bath, allowing light to wash into the room.

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9. A modern makeover with an antique edge

This small bathroom and laundry in Wellington has been completely rebuilt with wonderful heritage features in a functional modern space. The small space required a complete rebuild, they added an extension which included the master bedroom and family bathroom.

Despite not being able to live in the home during the renovation – the family are thrilled with the result and think it works perfectly for them. It’s been four years since the renovation, and they wouldn’t change a thing.

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10. This Cambridge bathroom has a rustic connection to nature

Despite the tight budget, limited space and limited light, this bathroom has a luxurious feel. Architect Christopher Beer decided to use slate because of its authenticity – just tiles split from natural stone. Visually they slate conveys both luxury and rusticity and when used in a bathroom it adds warmth that can’t be achieved with other materials.

The uneven, rough surface brings a natural, primal feeling when showering – like standing in a waterfall.

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