Modern Australian in Melba

Like many of my clients, Marie had been dreaming of a bathroom renovation for many years, and was finally ready to make it happen. She wanted a modern Australian style – one which was modern and sleek, but that captured the warmth of the Australian character and style. She wanted to reflect the wood tones and welcoming style of the rest of her house, so that the bathroom felt cohesive within her home.

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

Keep it simple!

A modern Australian bathroom means clean and simple lines but with earthy, natural touches such as wood-look tiles on the floor. This helps move the style away from the more minimalist, Scandinavian-style rooms and helps make sure the bathroom really feels like a room Marie can use and live in day to day. She doesn’t like grout lines so we made sure to use extra-large tiles on her walls, to minimise these. We also changed the floorplan to include a separate shower with a  strip drain and a level floor (so no stepping over a lip into the shower). It’s small touches like these that make a space feel open, natural and most importantly – useable!

A concrete slab…that wasn’t…

When we started work on the bathroom, we discovered that where there was supposed to be a full suspended concrete slab under the bath there was just….nothing. Which explained why it always felt cold in that part of the house! We were able to fill in the slab for Marie and solve the problem, all under our already-fixed pricing. This was great for Marie, who would have had to find an extra $3000 or so to fix it otherwise. And as we were rearranging some of the plumbing under the bathroom, we organised for a proper compliance inspection – this is supposed to be done every time plumbing works undergo major changes, but many renovators skip this step. This can lead to expensive inspections and issues if anyone needs to access this space later.

All the little touches

Of course, it’s all the little touches, such as countersinking the shaving cabinet, and painting window frames, that make a Mark Sheppard renovation really come together. It’s also about making the renovation as easy as possible for my clients – for example, for the duration of this reno we provided Marie with a fully-functional mobile ensuite, so her family wouldn’t have to worry about staying in a house with no bathroom.

Marie’s take on her renovation

Marie is ecstatic about her new bathroom. ‘I’ve looked through so many magazines and websites as I dreamed about this bathroom, and I can honestly say that the quality of Mark’s design and work is as good as anything I’ve ever seen in a magazine,’ she said. ‘All my friends are happy for me – but a bit jealous, I think!’


We loved taking this warm and modern bathroom from dream to reality, and we’d love to do the same for you! If you’ve been daydreaming about your ideal bathroom for a while, it’s time to get in touch for your free consultation and quote!


  1. Ashwell Prince on November 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Can you please tell me how to stop dripping from bathroom shower?
    Waiting for your reply.


    • Mark Sheppard on March 6, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Hi Ash
      I assume you mean the shower head over a bath shower is continuing to drip after a shower. It could be that you need a plumber to put new seals in your tap. You could also tilt the showerhaed after each shower. This will empty the water in the shower head more quickly.
      Regards Mark

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