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Bathroom renovations evolve in Australia

Home renovations continue to grow at a greater rate than new home construction according to HIA, with a bathroom renovation identified as one area that can add the most value to a home.

Bathroom renovations with Kohler

Bathroom renovations add great value

With the average cost of a bathroom renovation coming in at round $17,522 and 34 – 54 year olds spending the most, brands like Kohler are keen to flag the latest trends and technological updates to would-be renovators.

Bathrooms have evolved – and blossomed – into temples of personal care.  Gone are the sterile, clinical white spaces – today’s bathroom exudes plush comfort and zen-like calm.  Colour and texture are key players – in the form of terrazzo or concrete floors, lush foliage and ‘precious metals’ tapware.  Statement basins are also high profile inclusions.

Bathroom renovations with Kohler

Key to the look is a perception of space; natural materials (stone, timber, vegetation and floral design elements); and spa-like technology. Kohler has recently introduced the Dutchmaster collection of artisanal basins that encapsulates the starring role nature and florals can play in a new bathroom. Inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, the entire surface of each basin – round or rectangular – is adorned with big, bold, lush florals dramatically enhanced by a deeply dark, moody background.

Dutchmasters Rectangular Blush Floral

These basins are the perfect partner for one of Kohler’s wall mount or bench mount mixer taps in a luscious selection of precious metal finishes – from polished and rose gold to vibrant brushed bronze, titanium and brushed nickel. The classically elegant design of the Purist mixer taps or the more contemporary, angular form of Composed are popular choices.

Dutchmaster Blush Floral

Clever inclusions to increase the perception of space are wall-mounted fixtures such as wall-hung toilets and floating vanities. The more floor space that can be seen, the bigger the perception of space. Kohler’s Veil Wall-Hung Intelligent toilet integrates a toilet and bidet in one and has stand-out features such as touchless flushing, one touch remote control functionality, hygienic rimless bowl and built-in UV self-cleansing bidet. The Grande Wall-Hung suite meanwhile, features super hygienic rim-free technology and an ultra-efficient flush system.

Veil Intelligent Toilets

The Veil Wall Hung Intelligent Toilet

Wall-hung or floating vanities, in a sleek, understated design of sparkling vitreous china and hardwood detailing are a perfect fit for the modern bathroom. Kohler’s Terrace collection comes in a range of four sizes to fit virtually any bathroom dimensions.

Terrace Vanity

The oak drawers of the Terrace basin + vanity combo.

The choice of shower is pivotal to achieving the spa-like indulgence we all crave – and Kohler has a number of options. The Exhale showerhead fulfils two aspects of the modern bathroom brief – its beautiful soft white silicone spray-face was inspired by the delicate petals of a dahlia while its Katalyst air-induction showering technology infuses water with air to create a powerful, luxurious deluge much like a rain shower. In fact, there are four spray experiences on offer – full coverage, drenching rain, pulsating massage and silk spray.

Katalyst showering - Exhale

The Exhale Showerhead offers 4 different shower spray options to suit your mood.

For those preferring an overhead shower there are the RainCan showerheads in square and round configurations, again with Katalyst technology – or, for a clever dual option the Converge is a truly multifunction showerhead. This beauty combines a wall mount shower that has an integrated hand shower that detaches from the exterior rim by virtue of a magnetic docking station.

Converge Dual Showerhead

Kohler’s key message to would-be renovators is to do the research first – there are so many new, beautiful and technologically advanced products for the modern bathroom that will beautify the space, elevate the luxury of the bathing experience and create the perception of additional space. And there are choices to fit any budget.

KOHLER project in New Zealand builds on a lifetime of passion

KOHLER project in New Zealand builds on a lifetime of passion

A residential developer situated north of Auckland in New Zealand, has used a lifetime of experience and architectural passion to create his own family home in the lush rural countryside of Dairy Flat.

Calling on the expertise of local architect Alistair Dodds and interior designer Shannon Pepper, the owner’s brief was to create a two-storey family home for the couple and their two children. Key to his ‘dream home’ was a master bedroom with accompanying theatre room and a large, open-plan living area to take full advantage of a proposed water feature.

Kohler projects - Dairy Flat

The owner’s favourite colour palette of black and white is in evidence throughout the home, as is his love of modernist, highly functional design. The living space has six metre ceilings and full-length glass walls, while the swimming pool has been placed under the roof, to enable year round use.

Bathrooms featuring KOHLER

There are four bathrooms in the home, each showcasing a black and white colour palette together with KOHLER’s sleek award-winning* Avid* tapware in a beautiful PVD Titanium finish. A different look is achieved in each bathing space with the clever use of texture and pattern in tiles and finishes.

The luxurious master bathroom exudes sybaritic indulgence – from the deeply relaxing hydrotherapy spa bath to the statuesque 1500mm Terrace vanity with double vitreous china basins and unique ‘FreeDrain’ waste system plus spacious natural oak integrated storage drawers. The all black bathroom achieves plenty of light reflection with the clever mix of Crystal Glass Loft Black subway tiles in a combination of high gloss and textured finishes while the large scale black Mek Dark wall tiles are finished with white grout. The choice of Avid tapware is complemented with matching Avid bathroom accessories.

A second bathroom achieves a virtual reverse of the chosen colour palette with striking 1200mm x 600mm honed Calacatta marble wall and floor tiles featuring deep grey veining. Again, the wall hung Veil Intelligent toilet offers a sculptural take on a traditionally utilitarian fixture. The Veil, with its French curve heated seat, is richly featured with advanced bidet functions controlled by a one-touch remote control and a self-cleaning bidet wand.

Other bathroom highlights include the Bluetooth enabled Moxie showerhead together with the Exhale multifunction shower and the sleek, low profile ModernLife basin.

All pieces in the bathroom have been selected for their understated crisp, modern lines that together create a sense of privacy and tranquillity bathed in soft light.

*International Red Dot Design Award

Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

Global bathroom design trends with guest Darren Genner

Check out the latest from our Global Bathroom Design Trends series, this time an exclusive interview with Darren Genner – design director and founder of Minosa Design based in Sydney.

For more videos in the series, as well as a video on the Kohler Design Forum, please see below:

Deborah Bibby – Real Living magazine

Kelly Gammie – Eucalyptus Design

Kohler Design Forum – Singapore

Kohler assists in global ‘Reinvent the toilet’ Challenge

Kohler assists in global ‘Reinvent the toilet’ Challenge

With 2.5 billion people unable to access safe sanitation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’ inviting researchers to harness the latest technology to create a cheap, safe and hygienic waterless toilet.

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) took out the top prize ($100,000 in addition to the original $400,000) for a mobile restroom equipped with a freestanding, self-contained wastewater treatment system, powered by the sun, that generates both hydrogen and electricity.

Caltech Group with challenge prototype

“Reinvent the Toilet” challenge winners from CalTech

Kohler’s involvement in the project was the provision of toilets and other bathroom fixtures that provide the essential interface between the user and the waste system.

“It is exciting and certainly an honor for us to work with the Caltech team, who are true pioneers of their time,” says Rob Zimmerman, Kohler Co. sustainability marketing manager. “Kohler is known for pioneering innovative products and helping to advance technology, and through the Gates Foundation challenge, we get the opportunity to support others in their efforts to push traditional systems to a new level.”

Kohler supports "Reinvent the Toilet" Challenge

Kohler supports “Reinvent the Toilet” Challenge

In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation started their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge with the intent of funding projects to address health and sanitation issues in the developing world. Reinventing the Toilet Challenge is an effort to develop “next-generation” toilets that will deliver safe and sustainable sanitation to the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have it. The awards recognize researchers from leading universities who are developing innovative ways to manage human waste, which will help improve the health and lives of people around the world.

The Caltech prototype is important from both a hygiene and sustainability standpoint.  All of the water is recycled within the treatment system or used for irrigation, and the waste is broken down for use as fertilizer and to generate hydrogen stored in fuel cells for energy.

Caltech "Reinvent the toilet" challenge

Caltech “Reinvent the toilet” challenge model

In December the Caltech mobile restroom, housed in a cargo container, will be shipped to India where several families will use it and researchers will be able to adapt the unit functionally and culturally.