At the upper end of the scale is the all outdoors bathroom. This term refers to poolside showering facilities, outdoor bathtubs, and other open-air styles of bathing suites. In these open outdoor spaces, there are a number of design elements to consider to ensure the space is as safe and durable as it is beautiful.
Using integrated features helps to keep the space accessible and functional during use but safe and versatile when not in use. Stream-lined designer grates have become a popular feature in wet areas, particularly in bathroom spaces where linear drainage is used for open shower concepts. Stormtech, an award-winning Australian company established in 1989, has brought a fresh feel to this market with its newly-released line of metallic finishes.
Inspired by emerging global colour trends and growing interest in metallic finishes, the warm metal colours of black, bronze, brass and copper can add a unique architectural finish to any bathroom design, complementing tapware and other accessories. As a durable and seamless drainage option with an iridescent quality, the new metallic designer grates and drains are designed to suit a variety of design aesthetics and applications, and can be applied to a range of drainage solutions.
Adding luxurious detail to a space, Stormtech’s full range of architectural grates and drains are designed and manufactured in Australia and can be produced to custom lengths. The all outdoors bathroom requires extra attention to detail in planning and construction to ensure it is tough enough to withstand the natural elements, so Stormtech is helping give durability a designer look.
All Stormtech products are WaterMark certified and, with a proud commitment to eco-friendly design, Stormtech says it offers the only linear drainage product in the world with Global GreenTag certification.
Stormtech designs and manufactures high-quality architectural grates and drains in standard or custom sizing options. With solutions for residential and commercial projects, as well as specialty facilities, Stormtech products are adaptable for both new construction and retrofit-ting during renovation.
With plenty of products and systems embracing the outdoor trend, how likely are we to see these bathrooms in Australian homes in the coming years?
HIA member builder Michael Lane, owner of Lane Group, says it depends as much on the client as it does on the location: ‘Having an out-side bath is becoming a luxurious experience and it’s all about providing an experience to the client, particularly with high-end boutique clients,’ he says.
But it’s certainly not limited to the tropics. Michael recently built a series of outdoor baths in Tasmania and predicts they might soon also become popular in the snow fields, saying ‘it’s quite nice to sit in a hot bath where it’s freezing cold outside’.
One thing is certain: the market for outdoor bathrooms, in all shapes and sizes, is blooming. With the range of nature-oriented systems and products available to builders, it’s easier than ever to create that botanical bathroom bliss homeowners want without needing to leave the home.
This article was compiled with contributions from Caroma, Cinderella Eco Group and Stormtech.