Room Tour: A Small Bathroom in a 1930s House Gets a Spacious Redo
This bijou bathroom in a period house lost a wall to gain a generous walk-in shower and a sleek freestanding bath
Scroll down to see the transformative result of this decision and you may well be swayed, too.
Who lives here? A couple
Location Raynes Park, south-west London
Property A 1930s semi with three bedrooms and one bathroom
Bathroom dimensions 2.4m x 2.5m
Designer Julia May Yong of York House Designs
Project year 2022
Photos by Ben G Waller for Boutique Stone
When the owners described to Julia what they wanted from their new bathroom, a walk-in shower was top of the list. They didn’t want to lose their bath, though, nor the opportunity for a little storage – and there wasn’t much space to play with.
Julia’s clever spatial planning meant she was able to pull it all off: she created a colourful, light and spacious-feeling room with a luxurious freestanding bath, a statement basin and a 1m-wide walk-in shower.
Notice how the shower screen has a secondary hinged panel. This makes a huge difference, as Julia explains. “The screen can be folded back, so it doesn’t extend too much into the room when not in use, but folded out for more splash protection when it is,” she says.
“They wanted the biggest shower possible without taking up too much of the room, and this allows for it to feel very generous when you’re showering. When you’re not, the room still feels really spacious. I use these shower screens a lot,” she says.
This earthy red concrete basin, with its 1930s-esque fluting, leads the style perfectly. With great luck, Julia found it second-hand. “I’d been looking for that basin in that size and that colour for a while,” she recalls. “It was mind-blowing that I found it on eBay!” It was slightly damaged, but Julia was able to get it repaired – and the owners were delighted with the bargain.
As the basin is right in front of you as you walk in, the owners didn’t want to have storage below and liked the idea of it floating. There’s a mirrored cabinet on the opposite wall for storage.
Kast concrete basin, eBay. Brushed black chrome taps, Coalbrook.
“I like having the two mirrors opposite each other, reflecting the bathroom backwards and forwards to infinity,” Julia says.
Saint Stone White wall and floor tiles, Boutique Stone.
A matt black flush and towel rail tie in with the taps.
There’s also storage for carefully chosen items on the shelf that runs along the whole of this wall and under the window. The shelf is very subtly sloping along this wall: the gradient allows any water to run back into the shower rather than pool on the shelf.
Julia opted not to use a tile trim. “We used the raw edge of the wall tiles because it’s a really good-quality, full-bodied tile, so the edge is really neat,” she says. “The builder polished the edge, too, so it feels smooth to the touch.”
The neutral wall tiles are laid with a grout that blends as closely as possible for a streamlined effect. With the blue tiles, though, Julie specified a more visible grout – a mid blue-grey shade. “This highlights the pattern we’d spent a while thinking about,” she explains.
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