A beautiful bathroom for a 17th Century House in Suffolk

A beautiful bathroom for a 17th Century House in Suffolk
August 20, 2020 Richard Hibbert

Owners of a period property in Toppesfield, Suffolk wanted a new bathroom with elegance and a clean design.

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Our client’s bathroom was in need of modernisation as it had been fitted many years ago. KSL had recently updated their shower room and our client wanted to extend the traditional, simple design into their bathroom. They were hoping to achieve a design with really clean lines that would look in keeping with the age of their home.

There wasn’t much space in the bathroom to change the layout considerably, however we were able to make some small adjustments that improved the use of space. The client wanted a large luxurious bath with an updated vanity unit, sink and WC. As well as a replacement radiator, flooring, tiling and lighting. They also wanted to maintain as many of the original beams in the room as possible.


Before we could get started we had to level up two and a half of the walls to hide pipework and provide a better surface for tiling. We built out the wall under the window to hide some pipes, tiled the surface and added a Corian® top to run into the window sill – Corian® being a much easier surface to keep clean than tiles.

The WC was originally on the outside window wall. However we moved it to behind the door to provide more space for the inclusion of a luxury bath. We also invested time in boxing up the waste pipe to the WC with an added Corian® top to the boxing to ensure ease of maintenance and cleanliness.

The vanity unit mirrors that has been used in the shower room. It is from The Bathroom Furniture Company and has a traditional design with painted wood and provides a drawer and storage under the basin. The basin is from Villeroy & Boch and is sitting on a Corian® unit top in ‘Glacier White’. The mirror above matches the style and colour of the vanity unit.

The Ashton and Bentley slipper bath is very much the focal point of the room. It adds an elegant touch and provides a very comfortable bathing experience. The ‘Talis S’ tap is a bath filler with hand shower attachment from Hansgrohe.

We used Porcelanosa ceramic tiles in ‘Ibiza’ matt white around the shower and throughout the room. We replaced it with a more hard wearing, wood effect flooring in ‘Limed Oak Washed’ from Karndean.

We installed the ‘Roda’ flat panel, easy to clean, magnetic towel bar radiator from Zehnder in matt white. The radiator’s piping was hidden from view, ensuring clean lines in the room.

The wall lights, also traditional in style, are from the Astro Lighting company.

“The room feels clean, bright and up to date. I’m pleased with the consistency that has been created between this room and the shower room. Both rooms are in keeping with the period of the property and also offer modern luxuries for comfort and ease of maintenance.”

– Katy Pearson

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