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New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1985

Combined Areas Make an Opulent Room

page 48

Combined Areas Make an Opulent Room

page 49

The bathroom in this large, turn of the century home was originally composed of two rooms — a kitchen and a bath-room. The owners opened it into one room (4.26 metres by 4.57 metres) for a large, spacious bathroom in keeping with the rooms of the rest of the house. The large mirrors and the colouring of the room, which tends towards neutral tones (malt brown, primrose and ivory) further increase this sense of space.

The fittings are also outsized. A large whirlpool bath is surrounded by cream tiles and has a raised platform of tiles to one side. The shower, which is a roomy 1.52 metres by 1.37 metres was specifically constructed, to the owner's requirement, of tile and smoked glass.

Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of the room is the orange glow of the timbered flooring built of New Guinea Yaka and surfaced with a hard, high gloss finish. A touch of interest is the cast iron cupboard door handles which are 120 years old and come off the printing trays from an old Dun-edin printing company.