Limits breed creativity, and nowhere is this truer than on The Block. Tight budgets, insane timelines, unexpected challenges – nothing is too difficult for the Blockheads, who offer up seriously high calibre room inspiration that we need to copy at home.
Winners of main bathroom week, Tess and Luke, impress all three judges with a functional, modern and luxurious space, brimming with all the fixtures you could wish for (quadruple shower heads, anyone?).
Here, we reveal the secrets to replicate Tess and Luke's simple, yet luxurious, bathroom in your own home.
Feature tile fun
Tess and Luke show how feature tiles don't automatically mean bold colours or patterns. In this chic design, the couple opt for textural finger tiles – the slender rectangles going against the usual square or penny tile shape seen in modern bathrooms.
Choosing a grey to work with a tonal palette in the rest of the bathroom means it can be used en masse – from floor to ceiling – without overpowering the space, and a neutral colourway also allows the metallic speckled mosaic aspect of the tiles to shine.
The Queenslanders create contrast with charcoal, larger format tiles behind the bathtub that perfectly frame the area. It draws the eye down the length of the bathroom, ensuring a feeling of spaciousness.
Bath with a view
No option for a window in your bathroom? No problem. Just look up.
Walking into Tess and Luke's bathroom, the big bathtub is without a doubt the hero of the space. However, as you move closer you discover that the bathtub's outlook is the sky above.
As judge Darren Palmer says, the skylight and stunning raked ceiling are a "beautiful design detail". Not to mention, it floods the bathroom with that all-important natural light.
If taking a bath isn't really your thing, you have options. In fact, Tess and Luke have four shower heads in their dual shower section (and provide dual shower niches for toiletries, too).
Offering two sets of rain shower heads as well as handheld options, their shower situation goes beyond functional into total luxury.
With this much shower power – not to mention a big, inviting tub – you'll want to consider a Natural Gas hot water system to deliver instant warmth and comfort to your bathroom. Not only do they ensure that all important continuous supply of hot water, they can be easily installed when space is limited - and every inch counts when you're working on your dream home.
To toast things up even further, Tess and Luke included hydronic undertile heating, for a true premium bathroom experience. Efficiently fuelled by Natural Gas, the system simply heats water and moves it through a series of sealed underfloor pipes, before returning it to the system to be recirculated – it can even be used to heat your towel racks.
Natural Gas is a smart reno addition, but remember to work it into your building plans early. Thinking about the inlet points and pipe sizing upfront in your renovation process will save on costs later.
The aforementioned tonal palette is a big win for keeping the bathroom modern and timeless, but another (seemingly innocuous) feature with big impact is your tapware fit out.
Get it right and the space flows – get it wrong and the choice will stick out like a sore thumb. The winner? Brushed steel is a modern and sophisticated take on a classic.
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