Family Bathroom Renovation, the Reveal! Marble and Black makeover

Bathroom renovations are currently the number one work undertaken in our homes according to Instagram (and no this is not an official survey, just a personal observation!). Trends for 2018 have included everything from indigo tones to future proofing your space but we all know that making changes to keep up with trends is not so easy in a room like your bathroom.

We started planning our two bathroom remodels in August 2018 (placing orders for most of the products back then) and kicked off the makeover three weeks ago. It was a dusty and noisy three weeks but we got there in the end.

You can read more about these two renovation, including a break down of labour cost, which is really handy if your home is based in and around London.

Don't forget to check out the detailed cost for this project in the previous post which includes the detailed quote we received from our contractor IDL Contractors Limited - a company I wholeheartedly recommend to others. They turned my vision into reality, have been so easy to work with and offered advice and project management during the two and a half weeks of the makeover.

Project: Warlingham Residential family bathroom renovation

Designer: Jenny Kakoudakis

Photography: Jenny Kakoudakis

Year: 2018

Cost: Under £10k

The Brief: Professional couple, Jenny & Anthony wanted a complete makeover of their family bathroom. There was storage which was unusable, the room felt dated, the mirror was small and off centre and the taps had seen better days. They wanted a small change in the bathroom layout to make the space feel bigger, and a timeless design that would add long term value to the property. The focus should be on attention to detail and the 'little touches' of luxury.


The room previously included a gold framed shower and grey tiles; a sink to the right of the window and an off-centre mirror as well as a toilet pan with visible cistern. In the corner of the room we had a floor to ceiling storage unit which frankly looked shocking when you opened those doors. It wasn't painted correctly, it wasn't very accessible and just created another funny shaped corner - and I hate boxed pipes and corners like that.

To complete the look, the previous owners also opted for gold bezels on the downlights and gold taps. I mean the whole room screamed GOLDFINGER. But if you remember the movie, Goldfinger had a pretty nasty end (getting sucked out of an airplane window no less) and that was exactly the end of this bathroom this month. The skip was big and fitted all. Of. The. Crap. Shown. Below.


I am not going to lie, seeing the room stripped back to the studs can feel scary but the good thing is that once all the furniture is out you can really understand the potential of the space and visualise what it should look like! This phase of the project is equally important as serious choices can be made that will determine the success of your project.

The Methven mixer shower valve


Sometimes I really cannot believe how lucky I have been with the opportunities this blog has provided to me, in terms of brand collaborations.

I teamed once more with the same brands from the earlier ensuite bathroom update to create a modern family bathroom that would be primarily used by our son as well as by relatives/ guests. Which means a shower was still relevant whereas a bathtub would make the space feel extremely small.

The result is a space filled with light, where textures more than colour take over and where the materials used are high end without being ridiculously expensive. The marble tiles/black taps combo that we saw in HOUZZ of 2018 is replicated here.

VitrA Sento toilet pan | Aruba slimline vertical Radiator from Best Heating UK | Towels from John Lewis & Partners | Toilet Roll holder, MPRO Crosswater via Bathroom Village

Shower enclosure

The shower cubicle we chose is the Industrial Kit B walk in shower enclosure by LUSSO STONE. It is set in front of a combination of marble tiles and hexagon mosaic from Mandarin Stone. This one I was a little apprehensive about because obviously there is NO DOOR and there's always the risk of water flowing out of the tray if at some point the pipe gets clogged with hair.

I will definitely do another post in 6 months time to let you know how it all went, because I really want to give you value through my posts as well as an honest opinion of how products work. I wouldn't settle for anything less than a thorough product review myself so why should you!

The Industrial KIT B that we bought fits over an 80x100cm tray - however, LUSSO STONE also do more sizes (this was the smallest I think).

Now, the important bit. If you see the photos on their website, the enclosure comes with a supporting bar, which according to them is mounted onto the small panel.

On the day of the installation, I couldn't get through to LUSSO STONE to ask this question: why was the supporting bar on the small and not the large screen? Once both screens were mounted onto the wall, we could feel that the big one was more shaky than the small panel so we decided to secure that one with the supporting bar.

When I finally got through to LUSSO STONE a day or so later, they advised that the rule of thumb is that the supporting bar goes onto the screen that is closer to you, because that's the one that you could accidentally bump into (especially with your elbows as you wash. It was too late for us at this point but I don't mind with the way we installed ours as otherwise the supporting bar would be too close to the shower head.

REMEMBER: When installing a walk in shower enclosure with a supporting bar, the rule of thumb is that the supporting bar goes onto the screen that is closer to you.

Although the enclosure has panels - Crittall style - the metal panels are on the front of the screen, outside the shower. Inside the shower you have access to the entire glass panel which makes it extremely easy to clean, especially if you have a squeegee nearby. In fact, after installing the shower, I also got a squeegee to help me clean both the shower enclosure (on the inside) and the bath screen in the ensuite bathroom.

TIP 1: Get a squeegee to keep your shower enclosure clean.
TIP 2: You will need to cut the supporting bar to size and drill holes on the side panel to fix the bar to place.

Good to know: You will have to drill some holes yourself into the metal frame.

You also need to know that the supporting bar comes in one size (1m long) and your builder will have to cut it to size. They will also need to drill holes on the metal frame to fix the supporting bar as well as drill a hole at the bottom of the panel so that if there is any water build up, it will be able to flow out.