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Above: Black external wall slats in the middle of the bay window are revealed when the operable mirror slides to one side, admitting fresh air. The spa pool can be glimpsed through the wood blinds and a door to the right, also with slatted elements, is just two steps from the outdoor feature. Facing page, top: The floor plan shows how the shower doubles as a privacy screen for the toilet. Entry into the room is through a sliding glass door. Far right: The tiled benchtop has an upturned Jarrah edge reminiscent of the new bulkhead above it. This also features stained macrocarpa slats and has a reflective stainless steel backing, adding a feeling of space to the room. Extending the reinvented bathroom’s natural feel, an unsightly bulkhead above the vanity was concealed with an upwardcurving wing form finished in a rich Jarrah veneer. This is also reminiscent of a canoe hull – the designer has a boating background and the home is near the sea. The pleasing shape is echoed on the tapering, upward-turned nosing on the countertop in the same veneer. search | save | share at The tropical, slatted-wood aesthetic is continued with an internal sliding mirror in the bay window. When the mirror isn’t in use it can slide off to one side, revealing the external timber slats behind. The design lets fresh air flow into the bathroom without loosing the sense of privacy. Slat blinds either side complete the picture. While most elements were specifically designed for this renovation, the existing vanity was retained, painted Resene Black Sheep and given a durable tile countertop. The overall look is warm and welcoming.