BATHROOM RENOVATION

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Earlier this year, Starr Interior Design got the go ahead to put together a team to demolish and
renovate a 1970’s Bathroom. The design had been created and approved in 2011, but the clients
weren’t ready for construction due to other projects taking precedence – Starr Interior Design also
renovated their Ensuite and Kitchen.

The Clients wanted to make the bathroom more user friendly and to fit in as many of their dream
items as possible such as a corner bath, a heated towel rail, wall-hung vanity and storage space,
which we utilised in the shaving cabinet and vanity drawers. The existing layout was such that as
soon as you opened the door you were greeted by a frosted and textured glass shower screen. The
corner vanity was outdated and not providing much by way of counter space or storage. The bath
flanked the opposite wall and was too small for an adult to use.

Our design had to work with the existing drainage points, but in the end we had to jack hammer the
slab to put into place adequate drainage that had not been installed when the building was originally
built. It was quite a job, but thanks to the Daniel, Peter and the terrific team at DSL Constructions,
Bathurst – this went smoothly. By moving the shower into the bath area, the bath into the corner
where the corner vanity originally was and hung the vanity from the original shower position – the
Bathroom visually looked bigger and was certainly more user friendly.

With all the best laid plans and well-thought out design, there’s always something unexpected that
turns up to spoil the fun – Termites! When the old bathroom was being demolished, it was evident
how much damage these little buggers had done. They not only had chomped their way through all
the timber frames in the bathroom, but they had moved through to the adjoining music room and
spare room as well.

This put a real spanner in the works as the rotten frames had to be replaced, the Pest Exterminator
had to be called all of which extended our renovation time and budget further than had been
anticipated. It really pays to be vigilant when it comes to Termites, try not to have any wood piles
near the house, or in this case, the culprit it seems was a retaining wall made of supposed treated
pine sleepers. Fortunately for us, the pest inspection confirmed that the termites had moved on
probably when the retaining wall had been replaced, but it suddenly made sense as to why the roof
sagged in places. The owners counted themselves lucky that the damage was not more extensive
and that the termites had gone.

Once the wall cladding went up and was either plastered or waterproofed, the renovation went
ahead back to schedule. Jordan from Pozzo Tiles did a fantastic job waterproofing, levelling, laying
and lining up the tiles to sheer perfection! The tiles really added to the feel of the luxury bathroom
that the Client’s wanted.

The end result was a lovely, up-to-date, user-friendly bathroom that is a pleasure to be in. Every
space has been carefully utilised to its best advantage with carefully hidden storage, fantastic
lighting, heating and the quality finishes really add to the high-end feel of the space. Our Clients
were delighted with the design and the huge effort that went into making this a reality. Well done
team! f you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, why make life stressful – Give us a call. We can make
sure you get the right design for your needs and budget, have trustworthy and reliable trades on the
job, take away all the legwork, hassle and stress of renovating and ensure your renovation turns out
just the way you wanted , so you can get on and do all the other great things you want to do.

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