Bathroom renovation at Richmond Private Residence

A family home with an extremely busy bath-time routine, had outgrown their small bathroom which consisted of a shower and bath. The client, working in the cosmetics industry, had an abundance of samples and required additional suitable storage. The owner looked to designer, Angela Harry, for ideas to maximise the bathroom which were to include a double shower head, a steam room and additional storage space.

"The brief was to create a functional ensuite, that was flexible and spacious enough for use by multiple family members, including two young children, and felt sophisticated and joyful to be in" tells Angela Harry.


The bathroom was on the third floor and had no balcony access, therefore it required multiple trips going up and down flights of stairs. The tiling contractor, Idyllic Tiling, had to set up on the rooftop terrace to cut tiles and mix the adhesives. Plates for lights, the steam room shelf, and bench were cut and polished by hand, which would span across the length of the room. The new design layout had the shower on the opposite end of the room, and was to include a double shower head, in addition to a steam room.

A bulletproof waterproofing system was essential to handle the extreme conditions caused by the steam including the quick change in temperature and high humidity. All the surfaces within the steam shower were to include a slope to allow for water to drain correctly, including the ceiling.


Idyllic Tiling looked to LATICRETE in providing the solutions and products that would handle the extreme conditions caused by the quick change of temperature and high humidity. LATAPOXY® Moisture Shield and HYDRO BAN® was used within the steam room enclosure to provide waterproofing. Due to the high performance, unsurpassed adhesion, and workability, 254 was the preferred adhesive for tiling the tonal terrazzo tiles and matt nude tiles within the steam room, for both the floor and wall, which extended upwards becoming the base of the vanity and then along into a shower seat.

Matt nude wall tiles were used outside of the steam room and adhered using 335 adhesive.
There were 2 additional requirements:
1. A quick turn around on the installation and
2. Ensuring, during installation the reduced risk of moisture staining due to the tile being a stone product, therefore: 335 RAPID adhesive was selected for the requirements of installing the terrazzo tile on the floor and bench outside of the steam room.

"The result - says Angela Harry - is a beautiful and richly tonal bathroom, a feast for the eyes, that feels uplifting to be in, is very practical and adds a little joy to this family’s morning routine. The space now includes multiple zones to allow for activities to occur easily together. Storage is plentiful, with a separate make-up station at one end, a large and luxurious steam shower at the other, and an expansive vanity in the middle."

The team at Idyllic Tiling were proud to produce such a high-end job for their customer and left the job knowing that by using reliable installation materials from LATICRETE, they were protecting their reputation but also in having the confidence the project is guaranteed to last.

"It was a technically challenging bathroom - explained the team - but with the products and solutions offered by LATICRETE in ensuring the longevity of the bathroom, it meant working as a team with all involved to ensure the project was executed to exceed the customer’s expectations".


*photo credits - Angela Harry