Normally, when people are in need of a tub for their bathroom, they go to their local fitters or contact them via their site, like www.probathroomfitterssouthampton.com, to get someone to come over and get a tub in their house.
But for New Zealand’s Heidi and Shane Chandler, this wasn’t an option; their budget simply couldn’t handle it. So they decided they’d make their bathtub themselves, pouring and polishing a concrete tub, modeled off of farming troughs, for their bathroom. One that NZ House & Garden found worthy of accolades, giving the couple and their bathroom the Top Bathroom Award during the 2018 Interior of the Year awards.
The Chandlers were originally from Wellington, before deciding to go for the simpler life in Wairarapa, where they did most of the work in building their new home in the country, with minimal assistance from tradespeople.
The winning en suite bathroom, according to Heidi, was designed to be relaxing, moody and functional. She says that Shane was the one with the idea to create the bath that carries styling from a rural trough. She describes the process, saying that they poured it in-situ and polished the concrete thousands of times. According to the homeowner, they had considered simply buying a black bath, but it was just too expensive for them.
The bathroom walls were covered in black rubber, giving the small room a quality of depth and warm. According to Heidi, it’s actually rubber0based vinyl flooring imported from France. On top of all of them, the couple themselves made the vanity, choosing brass fittings that mesh well with the concrete and timber present in the room’s design.
The Interior of the Year 2018 judges found the couple’s work admirable, rewarding them with the Top Bathroom Award for their efforts. They say that they took particular interest in the detailing surrounding the doors and windows.
Tellingly, the other bathrooms that competed for the Interior of the Year award were all handled by professionals, with the impressive effort going into the DIY bathroom outdoing them all. Heidi and Shane, said that you either go hard or go home, and that they love the fact that they have a unique bathroom, one that won’t be replicated anytime soon, if it does at all.