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Home Living : July 24th 2012
2 HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, July 24, 2012 MB BATHROOMS SPACE NEEDED FOR RENO STAY IN FRAME WITH DESIGN Janita Singh There are plenty of options to go with for a bathroom renovation. A WELL-DESIGNED bathroom can be a huge selling point for your home, so what should you consider when renovating? When designing a good all- purpose bathroom, the most important thing to consider is space. A bathroom that has enough space to move around in without feeling cramped is go- ing to be much more appealing to prospective buyers. There are many ways to maxi- mise the feeling of space in a smaller bathroom without ma- jor changes to the layout or fittings. Floating vanities or toilets off the wall can give the impression that the bathroom is larger than it is, as it creates more visible floor space. Frameless or semi- frameless shower screens also give the illusion of more space, as they don't create any visual barriers or block the light. Ac- cording to experts, these are almost standard in any new bathroom today. As for colour schemes, it's safer to stick to white or neutral tones. Even though you may really like that aqua feature wall, a potential buyer may not, so it's a better idea to personal- ise your bathroom in non- permanent ways, using acces- sories or towels. It's important to make the bathroom as appealing as poss- ible to a broad range of people, which means catering to all needs. So while you may not have any desire for a bathtub, installing one is a safe bet. Prospective buyers will cer- tainly expect to see one in the main bathroom. Storage is an- other key to creating a good bathroom, and can make or break a design, so be sure to include plenty of space for towels, cosmetics and cleaning products. If you want to go the extra mile, a few luxurious additions can't hurt, such as heated towel rails or double basins. With today's focus on sustain- ability, think environmentally friendly features like water- saving fitting and fixtures. SLEEK, MODERN LINES WIN DAY A vision for an open bathroom to be enjoyed daily, took the top award in Reece's Beautiful Bathroom Competition. The winning bathroom from Dural (pictured above), was not only practical but functional, boasting a calming and contem- porary design. The overall winner was a monochromatic retreat --- a beautiful open bathroom con- nected to the master bedroom. With sleek, modern lines mix- ed in with traditional touches, the bathroom featured twin basins complemented by chic tapware, while the elegant tim- ber screens created a calming sense of privacy. A freestanding bath was a focal feature. Reece's annual search to find Australia's best bathrooms ran online with public voting. Two other bathrooms won the Aust- ralian people's choice awards. The natural beauty bathroom from Cottles Bridge, Victoria, used natural material, simple lines and luxurious, modern fittings and a freestanding bath. Bld. 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