Quick Budget Bathroom Refresh | Apartment Therapy

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That was the case with Nikki Sheriff‘s basement bathroom. “We started out with kind of a boring space with tan walls and tile from when we built our home in 2010,” she explains.

Nikki’s two daughters—one who’s little and another who’s a teenager—share the space, so it was important that the new look worked for both of them.

“My husband is a contractor and talented builder who can make or fix literally anything, and I’m a lover of DIY, so [we] do a lot of projects together,” Nikki says. So they got to work.

In fact, they created a room that now looks almost unrecognizable. But get this: The only changes Nikki made to the big-ticket items (toilet, shower, vanity) were to add swap out the shower curtain and paint the vanity

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A Majestic 1880s South Yarra Home Gets A Masterful Update

Robson Rak were recently engaged to renovate ‘Batavia’ – one of South Yarra’s few remaining double-storey, Victorian Italianate houses. Despite the property being heritage protected and initially appearing to be in good condition, early demolition works uncovered myriad structural issues, calling for significant restorations.

The brief was to restore the original house, reconfigure the layout, and add an extension to suit a modern family of five. ‘We were entrusted to design their forever home that should be classical, contemporary, and timeless,’ says Kathryn Robson, director of Robson Rak Architects. The architects proposed a building borrowing the proportions of the older style, reinterpreted for the 21st century.

A key element of this project was introducing a new open-plan living, kitchen and dining domain to serve as the heart of the home. This space was envisioned as a light-filled area with a garden on all sides, anchored by a central fireplace. ‘We

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