Transformation by design
When a client with an older home in Lesmurdie asked Belinda Kailis to help them with some design ideas to makeover their tired old bathroom and laundry, her first question was “what are you hoping to achieve?” Their response, “we want a modern, clean look that maximises the space available and will meet our needs for years to come.”
SI: What inspired the bathroom and laundry renovation?
BK: My brief was to modernise the bathroom without detaching it from the rest of the house. For continuity, I used the same wall tiles throughout the 3 rooms that were being renovated. To create points of interest, I used feature tiles that integrated different shades from the same palette and complimented the natural look and feel of the design.
SI: What was the biggest challenge you encountered whilst completing this project?
BK: This was a challenging bathroom renovation because the walls were saturated with moisture. This was caused by the original showers which had not been properly waterproofed. The only option was to take the walls back to brickwork, re-render the whole area and waterproof properly. In addition to the dampness, none of the walls were straight which meant our tilers had to pack out the walls to make sure they were level and plumb.
SI: The layout and the design for the bathroom and laundry complement each other beautifully. Was this intentional?
BK: Absolutely – we wanted the design for this bathroom and laundry makeover to flow naturally, and importantly, the renovation had to be functional and maximise the space in the best possible way. This is why the vanities and mirror cabinets were custom built, allowing us to use every bit of space efficiently.
SI: What made you choose the colour palette for the bathroom and laundry?
BK: It’s great when a client knows what they want. I was asked to use a stone style feature tile throughout. I offset the earthiness of the stone tiles with mirrored bathroom cabinets and bright walls in a subtle taupe colour in the ensuite. I maintained the theme by using greys in the bathroom and laundry. This natural and neutral colour palette also compliments the richness of the jarrah doors and door frames, which the client wanted to keep.
SI: How long did this project take to complete?
BK: Naturally with any significant bathroom renovation, a lot of time is spent on the interior design, choosing the bathroom and laundry fittings and having the customised cabinetry made. Overall the demolition and refit took 3 weeks for the bathroom and laundry aspect of the project and a further 3 weeks for ensuite.
Click here to see the stunning Lesmurdie ensuite makeover and bathroom and laundry renovation.