Bringing a new lease of life and maximising the property’s potential was Katy’s number one priority when she and her husband, Seth, undertook a renovation of her aunt’s home in the West Midlands.

The 1920s semi-detached property in Solihull, which has three bedrooms, had been kept in immaculate condition over the years, the existing layout of the property flowed well and the renovation didn’t require any structural changes. However it was in desperate need of modernisation, with the bespoke handmade kitchen dating back to 1981 and bathroom reflecting historic trends.

Speaking of the renovation, Katy commented: “Whilst we have never done a renovation project before, it was really important to me to keep the home within the family as we had many happy memories there.

“The house had been very well looked after and we knew its history, so it felt almost criminal to have to rip out the kitchen and bathroom, but the rooms were extremely outdated and needed a complete transformation.”

Replacing the bathroom, which featured a pink suite with matching curtains and patterned carpets, was one of the main projects throughout the renovation. Like most of the house, the bathroom was in great condition considering its age, but it needed completely re-doing to make it suitable for modern-day living.

“With the plan to rent the property in mind” continued Katy “We opted to go for a white, grey and black colour-scheme throughout the house to keep it fresh, contemporary and neutral. We wanted to go for a sleek minimalist design in the bathroom, so we could maximise the space available and keep it light and airy.”

The couple chose soft marble tiles in the shower enclosure to add a sense of depth, and striking small black mosaic tiles behind the sink to accentuate the monochrome trend. The marble and mosaic tiles were complemented by Methven’s Waipori Cool to Touch Bar Shower and Wai Basin Mixer, which feature subtle geometric shapes.

Speaking of the design, Katy said: “When designing the bathroom, we had to be mindful that this could be used by many different people in its lifetime. The colour scheme is neutral giving future tenants a blank canvas on which to add their own personalities, such as bold soft furnishings or indoor plants.

“When choosing the products, we wanted items which were easy to use and also safe for everyone, especially young children. This was one of the reasons why we opted for the Waipori Cool to Touch Bar Shower as it has a 38°C temperature hot stop and the valve remains cool to touch.
“We couldn’t be happier with the transformation of the whole house, especially the bathroom. This was one of the most outdated rooms in the house and it’s completely unrecognisable to how it was before.”