IBA19 Badges Nominated

Rose Goss reworked her scheme to create an elegant space that utilises every inch.

Elegant Bathroom With Tub Centrepiece 1

When Rose and Chris Goss bought their farmhouse in 1994, they spent seven months moving from room to room with their two teenage children while builders modernised it. ‘It had been occupied by an elderly lady who’d done nothing to it for years,’ says Rose. ‘It was tough getting it into a habitable condition, but as the work progressed we were able to expose some of the original bricks and beams and unearthed an amazing inglenook fireplace.’

Some time later they extended but, apart from the odd job here and there, the house remained unchanged until Chris retired in the summer of 2015. They decided this would be the ideal time to update and redecorate the family bathroom, which was starting to look a little old fashioned. ‘It is a lovely big room, but the Victorian-style scheme made it feel dark and all the fixtures and fittings were positioned around the edge with a big space in the middle,’ Rose recalls.

The couple researched local bathroom companies and discovered one, InStil Design, near them on the outskirts of Oxford. They visited the showroom and Martina Landhed, the design director, came round to see the bathroom. ‘We explained our tastes had changed over the years and we wanted the opposite to what we already had,’ says Rose. ‘It had to be light, bright and modern, in relaxing, muted tones.’

Elegant Bathroom With Tub Centrepiece 2

Martina came back with a scheme that not only fulfilled the brief design-wise, but made much better use of the space by positioning a new show-stopping bath in the centre. ‘Her design made everything feel symmetrical with a basin in each corner,’ Rose explains, ‘and the location of the tub also cleverly hid the WC and bidet from view as you walked in.’

There was a problem, though, when it came to installing the fixtures and fittings. Kevin Robertson, the builder undertaking the project, discovered that, due to its age, the house leaned three or four degrees out of vertical, which would have caused problems with the waste water running away from the shower. In addition, a large beam under the floor affected the plumbing needed for the new bath position. The answer was to raise most of the floor with a step, so that the new pipework could go underneath.

The couple’s old shower cubicle was replaced with a modern walk-in design with a sleek, curved screen echoing the contours of the bath, vanity units, taps and shelving. ‘It softens the corner and gives an open, wet-room feel,’ says Rose, ‘and we included a bench and shelving in there too.’ Where their old room lacked storage, the new space is filled with options; even the airing cupboard was updated, with a new set of sprayed MDF doors to replace pine ones.

Elegant Bathroom With Tub Centrepiece 3

Martina also recommended planning a lighting scheme, with dimmable LEDs above the bath and ambient lighting on different switches to adjust the brightness as needed: ‘Even the wall cabinets have sensor lights inside that come on as you open the doors,’ says Rose. Underfloor heating was a priority, too, to ensure the tiles were comfortable to walk on. ‘There are two heated towel rails as well,’ she adds. ‘We laugh that this is the warmest room in the house.’

With their children now grown up, the new layout is ideal for when they stay. ‘Our four grandchildren love splashing about in the lovely big tub,’ Rose says. ‘It’s been transformed and I wouldn’t change a thing.’

 Elegant Bathroom With Tub Centrepiece 4

Before Image

 

Photography: Fraser Marr

Tipsy Tree Gin Advent Calendar 2019
Shopping

Editor's pick: best alternative advent calendars for 2019

If you're tired of traditional advent calendars, try out one of this year's best alternatives for your Christmas countdown, from gin and beauty buys to...
Vegan Christmas Wreath
Kitchen

4 tasty vegan Christmas recipes

Finding tasty vegan meal ideas for Christmas can be tricky, but these recipes from Jackie Kearney's new book Vegan Christmas Feasts make for a festive...
 
Casper Glow Wake Up Clock Alarm
Bedroom

6 of the best wake-up light alarm clocks

Fight off the winter blues and make dark mornings a doddle with one of these wake up light alarm clocks.
Bathroom After Makeover Harding Bathroom Concrete Double Sink
Bathroom

Stunning before and after fixer upper bathroom makeover ideas

Get inspired for your bathroom makeover with these stunning before and after real life makeovers.
Clothes Airer Opener
Shopping

Buyer's guide to heated clothes airers

Is a heated clothes airer worth the investment? Here's our guide to the best buys on the market.
John Lewis Opener Copy Copy
News

Revealed: 2019's biggest home shopping trends

John Lewis & Partners lets us in on what shoppers have been buying (and what they haven't) over the past year.
 
 
Dunelm Teddy Opener
Shopping

Teddy bear fabric: love it or loathe it?

Do you think that the new trend for teddy bear fabric is stylish as well as practical, or just a bit weird?
Annie Sloan Selfie Win
Competitions

Win a £250 Annie Sloan voucher

Join the Reuse Revolution and upcycle a piece of British Heart Foundation furniture to be in with a chance of winning a £250 voucher.
Vegan Christmas Wreath
Kitchen

4 tasty vegan Christmas recipes

Finding tasty vegan meal ideas for Christmas can be tricky, but these recipes from Jackie Kearney's new book Vegan Christmas Feasts make for a festive...
Before And After Victorian Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom

Before and after: The House that Black Built's bathroom makeover

Check out the before and after of this Victorian bathroom makeover. The interior blogger behind the transformation reveals how she did it on a small...
Hamar Vanity Console Sink Albion Bath Bathroom Trends 2018
Bathroom

Top bathroom trends for 2019 with Albion Bath Company

From luxurious free standing baths to stylish grey bathroom ideas, read our round up of 2019's most stylish bathroom trends from Albion Bath Company.
Rsz Harvey Nichols Winter Warmers Hamper   90 Win
Competitions

Win a Harvey Nichols Winter Warmer hamper for you and a friend

This month, we've partnered with luxury retailer Harvey Nichols to give away two Xmas hampers as part of our Instagram competition. Credit: Caley Dimmock (Unsplash)
White Bathroom Tiles Dreamland Walls And Floors Good Homes Magazine
Bathroom

The hottest kitchen and bathroom trends for 2019

Looking to give your home a seasonal refresh or complete overhaul? We unveil the top 2019 kitchen and bathroom trends you need to consider before...
Croydex Chetsford Lifestyle Bathroom Luxury Goodhomes
Bathroom

Croydex offers top tips to bring style to Britain’s bathrooms

Luxury bathroom specialist Croydex share their top decorating tips for making your bathroom a relaxing and stylish room to retreat to, including ways to reduce...
Ellis Bath Lagoon Colourful Standalone Bath Freestanding Victoria Plum
Bathroom

5 savvy ways to add colour to your bathroom

From colourful standalone baths to gold fixtures and fittings, add colour to your bathroom with these handy styling tips from bathroom specialists, VictoriaPlum.com.