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'The installation of the 750-kilogram bath was another big challenge,' says Andrew. 'We had to navigate it through the home towards the end of the build, using a manual crane. We also had to add a hand-held showerhead and mixer even though there was no walling, only glass.'
The Desyn Homes team not only solved these complex issues but also won the recent 2021 HIA Australian Bathroom of the Year. According to the judges, it 'showed great ingenuity in integrating the design into an older home'.
As Tiffany Duffield, Desyn Homes marketing coordinator says, 'We felt this project had real potential – the big point of difference was the striking design and the bespoke fit-out.'
Winning the gong during the virtual awards night was a unique experience. 'It would have been amazing to collect this award in person at the Gold Coast, but we made the most of our 10-person-per-household restriction and celebrated into the night.'
The company, first run by Shane Agelis, launched back in 2002 as Agelis Constructions. The business name changed to Desyn Developments in 2005, offering development services to clients. The title then merged into Desyn Homes in 2010, focusing on private clients and architectural builds. Now under the helm of general manager Shaun Walker, the company has a team of 14 with over 100 regular subcontractors.
'There was definitely nervousness from the client's end,' recalls Andrew. 'Her concerns were mostly surrounding privacy when the bathroom was illuminated in the evening. However, she knew exactly what she wanted in terms of custom windows, and we worked with window designer and fabricator Think Detail to achieve this. We undertook a lot of research during the build, particularly into the glazing and lighting.'
The bathroom boasts bespoke items that add a sense of luxury to the space. With the custom vanity unit and bath made by Concrete House, the tub features inbuilt electric heating that keeps the water at optimal temperature. The custom vanity mirror has an inbuilt demister that prevents any fogging.
'Given the large-scale windows, it was difficult to add a hand-held shower head and mixer. This was achieved by designing and installing a custom fabricated shower column,' explains Andrew. 'This also acts as a shelf for soap, shampoo and other items.
The ceiling is a work of art, housing a 500mm x 500mm shower rose within the bulkhead. Even the bulkheads are cleverly used to conceal exhaust fans. The ceiling was finished in Level 5, and rather than flushing the joints only, the entire ceiling has been flushed and painted black.
Despite all the difficulties, the build was completed in six months, all on time. While Desyn Homes has found fulfilment winning the prestigious award, the owner is undoubtedly finding her own satisfaction in this one-of-a-kind bathroom.