This week on The Block, the four couples delivered four very individual and inspiring bathrooms. One of the most important rooms in any home is the family bathroom. It will take up a big chunk of your renovation budget, so getting it right is a must! Chances are, you won't be replacing it any time soon. So, what makes a great family bathroom? A functional layout that allows for loads of room to move, good storage for all of your family's daily needs, fittings and fixtures that won't date in a hurry, easy to clean surfaces...and a little bit of style. Here's the main bathrooms revealed on the block...
Sophie and Dale - main bathroom and laundry
Sophie and Dale integrated their laundry into the bathroom, reducing the amount of usable bathroom space considerably. The trade off was a small bath tub with over head shower. The bathroom they delivered though was very stylish. The timber vanity adds some much need warmth, and I love the little vintage touches they've added during styling. Love the frosted windows too! They allow a lot of light to bounce around this bright space.
The judges described this bathroom as having Hollywood appeal, and you can see why thanks to the wall to wall mirrors and lighting. Mike and Andrew chose not to include their laundry in this space, to allow room for a separate shower and bath. The shower itself was lined with marble, giving this room elegance galore. The judges were quite critical of their choice of bath tub though, as it was quite mundane, ie. normal. lol. A lot of homes in Australia would have a very similar bath and be very happy with it.
aka...the controversial bathroom of the week! Dani and Dan abused the noise restrictions by grinding and cutting tiles until after 1am. The other couples voiced their disappointment, and Scott Cam fined Dani and Dan $1,000. They were still in the running to win, and I was kind of hoping their bathroom would suck...but it didn't! They presented a really sophisticated space with a very dramatic black and white colour scheme. I really like the pendant light hanging above the bath, but I wonder about the safety aspect of it (knowing how much water my children fling around!). The white subway tile and stylish bath tub contrasts beautifully with the oversized black tile.
Finally, Brad and Lara win a room reveal! I am loving this bathroom. It's really spacious, with it's wet area comprising bath and separate shower. It'd be a great space to bath the children. The bath looks as though it has a "bed head", with the faucets mounted to a timber frame. The step up to the wet area gives it a little grandeur too. Once again, there's a patterned bath towel, which not only softens the space, but makes it appear a little more casual.
Catch up on my weekly round up of The Block:
Week 1 - Free choice
Week 2 - Master bedroom and ensuite
Week 3 - Second bedroom