When Sydney home owner Fiona Bones was thinking about updating the bathroom in her beautiful Art Deco period home, she knew it had the potential to be a tricky process.
As it was, the bathroom was in original condition i.e. in real need of renovation as well as being small. Plus Fiona had a hunch that they may discover some structural issues during the course of any works.
Fiona’s vision was to renovate the room to create a larger, more practical family friendly bathroom, that felt contemporary and modern but still acknowledged all of the art deco styling cues.
Planning the Project
Fiona approached Mary & Gerad Todarello at Total Bathroom Centre to discuss her ideas for the project & to see if they could assist. Total Bathroom Centre stocks a wide range of bathroom products and tiles, but Fiona was particularly interested in the fact that they could also work with her to make the project a reality from start to finish.
So from that initial conversation, Gerad went out and measured up the space and worked with Fiona to come up with the best solution. In the end, this involved moving walls to increase the size of the bathroom, and creating a study nook in the hallway to fit the new bathroom into the overall floor plan of the home.
Gerad and Mary worked with Fiona to create the layout for bathroom, the plans for the building works, and then guided her through the product selection process. Tapping into Mary’s broad product knowledge meant that they were able to find items like the Devon & Devon Etoile Pedestal Basin that perfectly fitted Fiona’s brief for keeping the renovated bathroom close to its original art deco look.
Feeling confident with Mary & Gerad’s knowledge and service, Fiona then engaged Gerad as the building contractor and project manager for the construction phase.
As a registered builder, Gerad managed the project from start to finish, bringing in all of the necessary sub-contractors & tradesman. As anticipated when renovating a period home, there were a few hiccups, but the project was completed on time and budget. Working with a single company for the construction and the product supply meant that there were no delays waiting for things to be delivered to site.
Gerad was also able to create custom details for the bathroom like the mirrored cupboard above the vanity. It closely resembled the style of the original that hung there, but was a better size for the larger bathroom and had much improved internal storage.
Recreating Art Deco Tiles
Fiona felt that the tiles were going to be a really important part of achieving that balance between fresh, contemporary look & referencing the home’s art deco styling. She chose marble mosaic tiles for the floor, and Gerad assisted with the design and layout of the tiles – the marble finish gave the space a more current and luxurious feel, whilst the mosaicing mirrored the original bathroom.
The resulting tiled hob and wall tiles mirrored the pattern of the original bathroom with the contrasting trim detail, and the typical three-step pattern that is so distinctively art deco. It was brought up to date by using hammered finish tiles that worked well with the marble mosaic.
The Renovated Result
The finished bathroom is perfect – it suits the period styling of the home & Fiona’s brief. It is now a much more functional space with a fresh colour scheme, but still remains true to its art deco heritage.
The bathroom includes underfloor heating – luxurious underfoot yes, but also really practical for drying out a bathroom & keeping towels fresh. The shower space now has an easy to clean frameless glass door, and a big improvement on the shower curtain of old. Plus quality tapware from the Astra Walker Olde English Range, and a Kaldewei drop in bath.
Most importantly though, Fiona and her family are thrilled with the result.