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EDITION 03 JULY-SEPT 2013

BY CLASSIC CONSTRUCTIONS

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Edition 3 JULY / AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2013

WELCOME The modern day bathroom has evolved from a simple bathing place to one where families spend more time preparing for the day or winding down at night. As a result, good bathroom design is a crucial component of the modern home. If you’re thinking of rebuilding or are looking for ideas on how to update your bathroom, this issue provides you with the design fundamentals and latest trends to help you create one of the most important features of your home. So whether you’re after a private luxurious haven or a practical workspace capable of accommodating the needs of a large family, we invite you to take a look and be inspired. And remember; always consult the professionals to avoid costly and unnecessary mistakes. Happy bathing! Mick and George Tanchevski

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CONTENTS 4

Take a stand

10 Bathroom Q&A 12 Give your bathroom a tile makover 14 Sophisticated Shutters


Take a Stand ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A BATH THAT IS PRACTICAL, STYLISH, AND LUXURIOUS? LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE MODERN FREESTANDING BATH...

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TONY SARRI FROM SOUTHERN INNOVATIONS KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT BATHROOMS. HAVING WORKED WITH SOUTHERN INNOVATIONS FOR OVER 10 YEARS HE HAS SEEN TRENDS COME AND GO – IN PARTICULAR THE FREESTANDING BATH.

Once the only type of bathtub available, they went out of vogue when cheaper built-ins arrived on the scene. But thanks to a return to elegance and style, they’re back in a stunning variety of designs and materials to create a showstopping feature in any bathroom. We asked Tony to give us the low-down on freestanding baths: Why should you consider a freestanding bath instead of a built-in? “Nothing makes more of a statement than a freestanding bath,” says Tony. “They’re basically a luxury staple and are the closest way to give you an elegant, sophisticated feel, similar to that of a retreat or an expensive day spa.” So is it only the wealthy who can afford this luxury staple? “Not at all,” declares Tony. “Thanks to their popularity, we’re seeing a huge selection of freestanding baths available in different materials such as acrylic, porcelain enamel and composite stone ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to the more exclusive designs.” What trends are you seeing in freestanding baths? “Suppliers are now moving away from oval freestanding styles and focusing

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more on traditional rectangular baths,” explains Tony. “The European market is also starting to push towards all metal baths, which are made from one piece of metal with no joins.” What’s your prediction for the future?

What’s on your wishlist? “If I could choose any bath in the world, I’d love the carbon fibre bath from Corcel. Its black, aerodynamic design looks like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie.”

“I believe we’ll start seeing traditional features such as claw feet come back into fashion – but with a contemporary twist.”

Tony’s Tips:

What are the key things you should look for in a freestanding bath?

2. Choose your tapware to complement your bath design and theme of your bathroom. For example contemporary chrome tapware would suit a sleek minimalist bath and more intricate tapware would suit a traditional, claw foot bath.

“Comfort is the most important asset,” affirms Tony. “There’s no point getting a bath that looks fantastic but is awkward to lie in! I love the one-piece rectangular Bette bath with a porcelain enamel finish. Its seamless shape looks fantastic and its ergonomical design makes it a really comfortable bath. Length is another important consideration. In order for a freestanding bath to be the centerpiece of the room and to ensure a comfortable soak, it needs to be 1800mm or longer.” And in terms of material, you can’t go past porcelain enamel for easy maintenance and durability.”

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1. Make sure your bathroom is big enough to accommodate a freestanding bath comfortably.

3. Because baths come in a huge range of materials and styles, make sure your bath matches your existing finishes. 4. Decide whether your bath will be used for one or two people. This will determine the best shape and style. 5. Depending on the style and size of the bath, be aware that you may need to reposition your waste to install it.


Clockwise from top left: Apaiser Haven bathtub, Victoria Albert Napoli bathtub, Corcel Carbon fibre bathtub, Kaldewei Mega Duo Oval bathtub, Neko Avoca bathtub. Page 4 (cover): Kamix Ellipso Duo Oval bathtub.

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DAY SPA ATHome

TAKE YOUR BATHROOM FROM DRAB TO FAB WITH THESE STYLISH ACCESSORIES THAT UP THE LUXURY LEVEL AND CREATE A FEELING OF A DAY SPA AT HOME

Acton shaving cabinet from Neko The mirror is an absolutely essential component of your bathroom – as is storage. The ideal solution for space challenged bathrooms is a mirror-fronted cabinet like this Acton shaving cabinet from Neko. Combining an ample sized double mirror with soft close door hinges and adjustable toughened glass shelves, it’s perfect for storing everyday toiletries, medications and even extra cleaning supplies.

Hybrid Heated Towel Ladder from Avenir Wrap yourself in cosy luxury every time you shower with the Hybrid Heated Towel Ladder from Avenir. Featuring an elegant mirror finish and up to 25% less energy usage, it also carries a 7 year warranty.

Hansgrohe Pura Vida Basin Mixer 200 Handpiece Forget taking a simple shower! These days it’s all about achieving the perfect hydrotherapy experience and the Mero System 1 with 105 Duo Handpiece from Rogerseller delivers the ultimate showering solution. Designed to tailor showering to the needs of each family member, it combines the indulgence of a large 300mm overhead shower with the multifunction of an adjustable 105mm hand shower. The Mero flat rail also includes a 3-way integrated diverter to make switching between showers easy, and an integrated water inlet for a no fuss installation.

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This sleek mixer takes form and function to a new level. By gently swivelling the newly-designed jet former, you can accurately adjust and direct the jet angle to avoid any water wastage or mess.


Inspired ideas for your bathroom, kitchen & laundry

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Southern Innovations is the largest independent supplier of bathroom, kitchen and laundry products in the Canberra region, Southern New South Wales & Albury Wodonga. We display the world’s leading bathroomware and kitchen appliance brands all highlighted in contemporary showrooms described as among the best in Australia. We feature the latest in Australian and European design. Elegant, sophisticated, practical & enduring.


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Q&A

QUESTION: WE’RE IN THE PROCESS OF DESIGNING A NEW HOME FOR A FAMILY OF FIVE WITH THREE BATHROOMS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO CONSIDER? CHEREE, GARRAN

THINK FUNCTION FIRST

MAP THE SPACE Apart from plumbing considerations that will impact where you place showers and bathtubs, you need to think about the tasks you perform in the bathroom and the objects you use most often, ensuring that they are always within arms reach. For example, if you need ample storage would you prefer to have it stored beneath your vanity (so you have to bend each time you get something) or above the sink behind a bathroom mirror or in a built in shelf? Where will you keep your linen? And what about electrical sockets for hairdryers and shavers?

A bathroom, like the kitchen, is one of the hardest-working spaces in the home. It’s both a workstation for preparing to go out into the world and a refuge for resting and recovering from the hectic day. Consider the ages and number of people using the space, what purpose and during what times. For instance a parents’ ensuite will serve a very different purpose to a young family’s main bathroom that everyone shares, or a powder room used mostly by visitors.

KNOW YOUR SURFACES

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When selecting materials for your bathroom, make sure you’re aware of the inherent qualities and drawbacks for each. For instance shiny floors may not be very slip-resistant whilst natural materials may have a pitted surface that is more slip-resistant, but may also be more likely to collect residue.


KEEP IT WARM BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHTING Choosing the correct lighting is critical in the bathroom, where mirrors are present and mood is important and the ability to adjust lighting is helpful when a lot of light is needed or when low light sets the tone for a long, relaxing bath. Consider the appropriate task lighting for sink and shower areas. Daylight is always preferable to give more light and a feeling of space, so try and incorporate windows and skylights into your design as much as possible. Failing that, halogen spots can mimic daylight and provide the most flattering light.

There’s nothing worse than a cold bathroom, so choose practical, costeffective heating methods. It is usually necessary to have both an overhead Tastic heater and a heated towel rail, as towel rails supply less heat to the surrounding area. Using underfloor heating can make cold surfaces warm and are great for bare feet in winter.

CHOOSE COMPLEMENTING FIXTURES Plumbing fixtures are the shining adornment of your sink, bathtub or shower and can stamp the style of your bathroom. There are a plethora of metals, faucet types, and control options available; from taps that turn on with a slight touch, to fixtures that cascade water out in a waterfall. The key is finding the right balance between appearance and performance and it can be easy to get caught up in how things look and downplay the practical side – including budgetary considerations. The best way to begin selecting these essentials is to visit a bathroom showroom where you can see and try— and ask questions.

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GIVE YOUR BATHROOM A TILE

Makeover! FOR AN INSTANT IMPACT, CONSIDER USING TILES FOR AN ENDURING AND PRACTICLE FINISH. RIVOLAND TILES HAVE GIVEN US THEIR TREND PREDICTIONS FOR THE NEXT YEAR TO PROVIDE YOU WITH INSPIRATION:

3D TILES

GLASS MOSAIC TILES Glass tiles deliver a luxurious, luminous quality and are available in a broad palette of colours with a number of effects including metallic and mirror sheens. They’re perfect for creating space and depth in a small bathroom, can be used for decorative effects in large or small expanses and generate a dramatic feel when integrated with clever lighting.

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Decorative 3D wall tiles are both playful and dramatic, manipulating light and shadow throughout the day to create a standout impact and add a feeling of depth and dimension to your space. They come in a huge variety of materials, patterns, shapes and textures, from bold geometric shapes to intricately carved patterns, and are a fantastic way to completely transform the look of your bathroom. We love the HNT & VALS series, available in the Rivoland showroom.


LARGE FORMAT TILES Due to a trend towards minimalist styling and a general dislike of grout lines, large format wall tiles in sizes up to 100 x 300cms are increasing in popularity. Apart from the fact that they require less grout lines, if they are rectified, which means the edges have been machined to be straight and flat, they can be set with very tight, narrow grout joints. As a result, they can actually make your surface look bigger, especially if used in light or reflective colours and are perfect for creating a sleek, contemporary look in your bathroom.

PATCHWORK PATTERNS Anything goes with this design trend – just pick a handful of your favourite patterned and solid tiles to create an interesting backdrop to your bathroom. We’ve seen clients cleverly combine stripes, solids and florals for an amazing feature effect. The key to successfully implementing this look is to ensure that your colour scheme is consistent. Luckily Rivoland supply several tile ranges that do all the hard work for you by producing a series of tiles that work beautifully when combined together.

GEOMETRIC SHAPED TILES In keeping with interior design and fashion trends, tiles are taking on crisp geometric forms and lively patterns. From brazen optical art patterns that play tricks on the eye to more traditional forms that take their cue from the Victorian era, they’re the perfect way to create an amazing visual feature in your bathroom. The trick is to try and not use too many combinations of colour and make sure you consult the Rivoland staff to ensure that the shape does not get you into trouble either!

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Shutters

A GROWING TREND IN HOME DÉCOR IS A RETURN TO NATURAL MATERIALS AND THERE’S NO MORE EFFECTIVE WAY TO UPDATE YOUR WINDOW FURNISHINGS THAN BY REPLACING THEM WITH TIMBER SHUTTERS.

A timeless and elegant addition to any home, timber shutters are available in a range of styles, finishes and colours to suit both contemporary and traditional décor. They’re also perfect as a window furnishing for bathrooms and wet areas throughout the home and are designed to thrive in wet and humid environments, thanks to an enamel finish that creates a protective covering. The louvered slats allow for optimal privacy whilst maximising the amount of sunlight flowing into the room, perfect for those sunny winter afternoons relaxing in the bath.

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Best of all, they’re low maintenance and long lasting, making them a stylish and functional window furnishing solution. Available in Basswood, Celuca (PVC) and Aluminium they come in a wide range of UV resistant paint colours and stains and different blade sizes and are custom-made to suit all shapes and styles of windows and doorways. For inspiration, visit the Watsons Blinds and Awnings showrooms: Unit 3, 143 Lysaght Street, Mitchell or 5 Pirie Street, Fyshwick Contact 6280 4443

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