A dream bathroom finally becomes real in Richardson

When Sam was able to book us to renovate the bathroom in her Richardson home, it was the culmination of 30 years of dreaming about upgrading her old, tired bathroom. She didn’t know all the details of what she wanted, but she knew the style she liked – classic country/federation style, which we applied to her bathroom, laundry and toilet.

Keep reading to learn about this renovation, or skip to the bottom of the article to view the complete gallery.

Research and details

We worked with Sam and her husband Leigh to design the room, from the layout down to the classic tapware and fine details. It was a small space and we really wanted to make the most of the space, while also making sure Sam finally had the bathroom of her dreams We researched tapware, tiles and all the details, and we made recommendations about what would work in the space, what would suit the family and what would be beautiful and functional for many years to come.

High-end finishes and practicality in one

For a striking feature floor we recommended classic ‘Arte’ tiles which have a federation feel and match perfectly with the subway tiles on the wall, and Lee splurged on Astra Walker Old English Tapware, as well as a showstopping Victoria & Albert Slipper Bathtub. This special tub is classic in design but eternally stylish. More practical touches included hidden power points in the recessed custom cupboards, as well as an additional mirrored shaving cabinet so Lee or her daughter could do their makeup while Lee’s husband Sam shaved and got ready for the day. We also tapped into the heating system to run it to the bathroom, and found a period-appropriate grate for the room.

Functional spaces are beautiful too

As I mentioned, we also renovated the separate toilet and the laundry – because functional can also be stylish! We used the same feature floor tiles and subway for consistency between the rooms. In the toilet we added a sliding door entry so there was room to add a small washbasin, and a period-appropriate mirror for an traditional feel. In the laundry we installed an inset, slimline cabinet which holds the ironing board and iron. We also installed extra-wide 20ml stone benchtops to cover the washing machine and make sure Lee had plenty of working space. There’s overhead storage cupboards and a large clay-fired butlers sink. It’s a workspace, but you wouldn’t know it to look at it!

A dream come true

Sam is ecstatic that her dream bathroom is finally real. ‘One thing I loved about working with Mark was his flexibility – he was willing to revise and edit, and to work with us to really create the bathroom we wanted. I never felt pressured to go with what he wanted to do over what I wanted to do. He really listened and found a way to make ideas work as we went along.’

We get a kick out of making dreams come true – so if you’ve been dreaming about your own bathroom, laundry or kitchen renovation, we can make it real! If you’ve been planning your own special renovation, make sure to get in touch for your free consultation and quote!


  1. Stefanie on December 25, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful article. Many thanks for supplying this

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