Alter an existing structure
If no spare rooms are available to create glorious new bathing spaces, the existing bathroom can be extended out under the eaves, or even further.
A recent bathroom design by Simona Castagna of Minosa Design actually extruded a reinforced glass box out from the existing bathroom, to gain light and space for a small, dark room.
The plan worked stunningly well, leading to happy clients, and the 2018 HIA Bathroom Design award. But it wasn’t a standard interior design project.
‘We had to seek structural engineering reports and drawings on this bathroom,’ Simona says. ‘Structural reinforcement to the sub-floor had to be made to support the load of the steel window frame’. But the result is strong, with the bath positioned centrally in the window on the cantilevered section itself.
The engineering effort paid off. Opening up the space with the cantilevered window over the disused side garden transformed a poky room into a luxurious zone with an immense amount of natural light and brought the garden inside.
‘Nature is a complementing aspect when it comes to bathing bliss,’ Simona says. ‘We hope that more bathrooms will encompass more greenery and natural light. It is an inexpensive way to enhance and invigorate one’s life.’
That said, this particular Sydney project was not a low budget build. Luckily the long-term owners of the Willoughby home on the Lower North Shore were ready for change and able to fund the improvements.
The client wanted more light and space in their original tired ensuite. They didn’t originally suggest the extruded window but left it to Minosa to transform the space. So Simona and the Minosa team took the small cramped space with a large corner spa and transformed it into a sophisticated, modern space that pushes the boundaries of a conventional bathroom.
‘The clients’ expectations were definitely met,’ Simona says. ‘They are extremely happy with the end result and are enjoying the benefits of the space.’