Baker StreetContemporary Bathroom, Melbourne
Photography by Mark Farrelly
Base Building Design by Donald Gallager
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Create a serene viewThere’s something very relaxing about looking out onto greenery, especially when you’re living in an urban setting. This homeowner has used creepers to make the bathroom outlook more appealing while soaking in the bathtub.
If the garden bed is too narrow for a dense hedge, planting a fence climber such as Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), Chinese star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), creeping fig hedge (ficus primula), or even passionfruit, will do the trick. If your fence is timber rather than brick, it’s best to create an independent screen with steel concrete mesh. Your lush climber will probably outlast the fence and you could lose many years of growth and love and care.
Term: AllowanceMEANING: When preparing a quote or estimate, builders will make an allowance for items for which there is no set price. This includes things like electrical, tiling, lighting, etc. Once you’ve agreed to that allowance, that’s how much money you’ve got to spend on that item – if you spend more than that, you’ll need to pay extra for it. Which will obviously affect your budget. So make sure you look closely at allowances – the builder might have allowed $1,000 for a bath, when you’ve really got your heart set on that gorgeous $2,000 model you saw in the showroom last week.
FIVE REASONS TO CHOOSE A FREESTANDING BATH1. You’re drawn to smooth, contemporary curvesFreestanding baths aren’t all vintage roll-tops and cast-iron pieces these days. If contemporary style is more your thing, you’ll have no trouble finding a design to fit perfectly into your super-sleek bathroom.Smooth, egg-shaped baths are fuss-free and roomy, so you can enjoy a luxurious soak. Pair with a freestanding tap for the ultimate showstopper.
Take a soothing soakThink you’re not good at meditating? Try soaking in a bath with your eyes closed and focus on what you can feel and hear. There, you’re meditating! Add some candles and aromatherapy to make the space extra relaxing.
10. Hire a professional Think about the plumber you’re hiring. Hiring a professional will save on rework – shoddy workmanship is not sustainable! You can also look for specialist credentials, such as professionals registered under the Enviroplumber program (NSW), which indicates additional training and up-to-date knowledge about sustainable practices.Environmentally friendly plumbing can make a significant contribution to water and energy conservation in your house and there’s no excuse not to act when quick wins are often small, simple and inexpensive. While long-term solutions may be more elaborate, with financial and regulatory considerations to make, the gains have measurable benefits both for your water and energy bills and for the planet. So you can be sure to sit back and enjoy that extra hot bath, longer!YOUR SAYTell us how your waterwise ways are making a difference at your house in the Comments.MOREEco-Clever Ways to Embrace the Extreme Aussie Climate6 Popular Eco-Friendly Homes of 2015Eco-Enhancing Additions for Every Budget
Green wallA bathroom located beside a solid outside wall can easily incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows, and turning that wall into a green wall will make bathing infinitely more relaxing. If your bathroom opens to the neighbour’s fence rather than a brick wall, consider erecting one. Just be sure it meets local council regulations and your neighbours’ approval before getting carried away with the bricks and mortar!Creating a vertical garden