Bathroom to Bathhouse – A true Japanese experience

They say “a change is as good as a holiday”, well in this scenario, the holiday brought about the welcome change for our clients.  On return from a holiday in Japan, this couple desired the same bath house cultural experience, that is known to the land of onsens, in their own ensuite. Voila! Our designer, Eugene Lombard at Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms, delivered to their brief. The transition in this space is truly exceptional, with the new layout all designed within the same four walls, still maintaining a vanity, shower, bath and toilet.   From what was once a humble early 90’s decor space, with small scale blue and white tiles, the contrast is vast, however no facilities have been compromised.

A Japanese Bath House is typically divided into two rooms: the entrance for undressing which usually comprises of a vanity; and the wetroom, situated behind glass doors.  The tradition is that the shower is used for rinsing first, followed by deep soaking in a hot bath for relaxation, further followed by cleansing in the shower and a final rinse off in the bath.  This concept is well worth preserving in the fast society we live in now.

The designer has put much careful consideration into the fittings and finishes to ensure all the elements have been pulled together beautifully.  The wet room setting is enhanced by a bench seat which allows the user a moment of transition between the shower and hot, deep soaker style bath.

The owners now wake up to a captivating “day-spa like experience” that most would aspire to on a holiday, let alone an everyday occasion.  Key features like the underfloor heating in the entrance  are added appeal to beautiful large format tiles along with the wood grain finishes which add a sense of warmth and balance to the room.  The benefit of taking on a design and construction company with full project management is demonstrated perfectly here.




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1035 Burke Road
Hawthorn East (cnr Canterbury Rd)

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Saturday: 10am – 4pm
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