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Make your finishes work for you -- here's
how: ensure there is adequate ventilation;
check with your painter that there is a
mould-inhibitor in you r paint or that it
is mould-resistant -- some paint brands
to consider include Dulux Wash & Wear
Kitchen & Bathroom paint and White
Knight Kitchen and Bathroom Paint;
and use Nanokote Glass and Ceramic -- a
Te fl on-like coating you can apply to shower
screens, basins, baths, toilets, tiles a nd
splashbacks to create a barrier that repels
water and prevents lime deposits and
corrosion. On a new su rface, one coating
will protect for 10 years; on a n old surface
(make sure it's very clean before applying),
one coat will last three to five yea rs.
12. keeping it clean
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K&B Exclusive's Natasha Leembruggen
gives us the inside edge.
BIG QUESTIONS Do you want to move
plumbing? Keep in mind the cost is not
as significant on the ground floor as it is
on the upper levels. If you decide not
to move wastes, this will narrow down
the design potential.
WHAT TO INCORPORATE If you have a
larger ensuite than normal, there is not
much that you would leave out compa red to
a bathroom. Usually, however, the bath or
spa is the first to be omitted from the ensuite.
Leaving out the wall dividing the room and
the ensuite is a n option, too (see p80).
LUXE EXTRAS If you have space for a double
vanity in an en suite, it is definitely an
element not to overlook. If you don't have
children, why not consider making your
ensuite the main bathroom. Give your guests
the ensuite-style bathroom, while you soak
away your aches a nd pains in luxury!
10. savvy solutions
for small bathrooms
Small doesn't mea n boring and
limited -- just ask architect Meaghan White
of White Architects. She says:
• Bring in big mirrors, such as floor-to-ceiling
options, to make your room seem bigger.
• Hide the power points: locate them at the
backs of drawers a nd inside cupboa rds to
reduce the amount of 'things' in a small
bathroom or ensuite.
• Paint it white and choose la rge, fully
rectified white tiles. You can use a coloured
tile for the floor, preferably not too light a nd
not too dark, such a s a dark charcoal hue.
• Ensure lots of storage, especially drawers
without handles, to give a streamlined look.
• Build little storage alcoves in the shower
recess. is will eliminate the need for
additional racks or storage for all you r
11. tricks with tiles
"Use a da rker floor tile over the bath
hob, step a nd bath surround to highlight
the bath and make it stand out," says
Maryanne Moss of Myaree Cera mics.
"And for a cost-effective feature tile, use
the floor tile in the wet areas as a feature
wall tile. You can also give life to a room
by using the same tile in different textures
(think polished, br u shed, natural, mosaic)
to add interest without introducing any
new colours." Plus, remember this old
trick: "Larger format tiles open up a
room and there's less grout for a more
sophisticated, seamless look."
ensuites: what you need to know
top 20 ADVICE
It's all about seamless style,
especially when it comes to pipes,
so check out TECE concealed
cistern fittings from Gro Agencies.
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