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3 Modern Bathroom Renos That Bring The Spa Home

These projects by Akb Architects, Cindy Rendely Architexture and Studio AC show that there’s no better place to de-stress than the bathroom

By Amrit Phull

Modern bathroom renos are the ultimate self-care design project. Kitchens, living rooms, foyers – for most of the home, the needs of others often enter the equation, prompting this decision or that purchase. By comparison, primary baths are private, low-traffic areas, making design calls about one person: yourself. It’s pretty fitting, considering modern bathroom renos, the ones below included, are all personalizing a space, and maximizing its potential for resting and relaxation. Read on to see three of our recent faves.

Modern bathroom renos
Photo by Shai Gill.

Multifunctional Minimalism

For busy parents to four young children, the convenience of a spa a few steps from the bed is something precious. Akb Architects cleverly packs a potentially chaotic list of luxurious features into streamlined and seamless volumes. The vanity, a glorious three-metre stretch of custom storage, does it all with barely there details like concealed pulls, hidden outlets and sandblasted light strips on the face of a continuous, medicine cabinet–style mirror. Sink and counter combine in a monolithic, glacial white Corian “block” broken only by a slight reveal along the lower edges of the basin for invisible drainage. In a similarly uniform fashion, metre-wide marble-look porcelain slabs envelop a shower, tub and accent wall for visual unity, and floors in the same Laminam are levelled up with radiant heating for cooler days. Private time in this staycation-ready space – lit with a window-cum-skylight commencing at head-height and soaring past the ceiling line – enjoys an exclusive sky view. AKB.CA

Photo by Scott Norsworthy.

An Artful Commode

A white-on-white palette for a family home might run the risk of looking sterile, but Cindy Rendely Architexture makes this one inviting with uncomplicated neutrals, softening details and a pop of nature. Pebble grey limestone adds a soothing touch of warmth to the floors, countertops and showering nook without straying too far from the white theme. A floating vanity for storage preserves floor space and supports twin sculptural, round-edged Sabbia vessel sinks paired with wall-mounted fixtures, both by Boffi. Just opposite, in a matching soaker, bath time is playtime for child and parent alike, as the tub is set in front of Hermès accent wallpaper gone wild, replete with parrots, monkeys and palms. Glimpses of the jungle scene are reflected in a graphic composition of mirror strips placed minimally on the blank wall, while unexpected elements like an Innit Design Acapulco chair and Vitra’s Akari floor lamp are a reminder that bathrooms are technically living rooms, too. CRARCHITEXTURE.COM

Photo by Jeremie Warshafsky.

Relax and Recharge

StudioAC forgoes conventional layouts in this open-concept oasis designed for a client who well knows the joys of a long soak. At one end of the narrow building’s reframed attic, the bathing area is a doorless escape, separated from the bedroom by a stroll-in dressing area – a spatial technique that allows one to prepare for the day without interrupting their partner. Matched to the home’s white oak and white wall scheme, this casual zone accommodates a sink, vanity and mirror, including mirror-mounted sink fixtures and a vertical glass strip to help transfer natural light. A simple yet stark change in tone creates the feeling of leaving the home and entering a different space: clad top to bottom in warm grey stone-look ceramic, the vaulted tub zone is truly a temple to the bath gods, complete with a sunset-facing view. An open shower enjoys the same atmosphere, accessorized with a modest recessed wall shelf and concealed drain. ARCHCOLLAB.COM

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