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Renovation: Before & After Room #4 Bathroom Lisa Rorich

Two bathrooms became one in this glamorous en suite renovation by architect Lisa Rorich, who made clever use of existing features.

Lar Leslie

Two bathrooms became one in this glamorous en suite renovation by architect Lisa Rorich, who made clever use of existing features | House and Leisure

Architect Lisa Rorich had her work cut out for her with this brief. Two small bathrooms, situated behind the main bedroom and divided by a built-in cupboard, needed to become one opened up, luxurious area. And the closet needed to be positioned at the back of the space instead. Fortuitous, then, that the Durban-based renovation in question was her own.

Despite the big bathroom switch-up, the renovation process was a positive one for her, reports Lisa. ‘It went well,’ she says. ‘We used a builder and reliable subcontractors who I've worked with before. I believe in supporting the smaller one-man-bands who are trying to start businesses but do excellent work at half the price, although this may take a little longer.’

Two bathrooms became one in this glamorous en suite renovation by architect Lisa Rorich, who made clever use of existing features | House and Leisure

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Lisa lists a few challenges that arose in the renovation. In particular, the present building’s shape was an issue for the tiling. ‘Not being square when it comes to tiling – and finer details – can be problematic,’ she says. Lisa also has a word of advice about linking into existing plumbing drainage. ‘This has to be thought through carefully,’ she cautions.

Two bathrooms became one in this glamorous en suite renovation by architect Lisa Rorich, who made clever use of existing features | House and LeisureTwo bathrooms became one in this glamorous en suite renovation by architect Lisa Rorich, who made clever use of existing features | House and LeisureTwo bathrooms became one in this glamorous en suite renovation by architect Lisa Rorich, who made clever use of existing features | House and Leisure

Renovation tip: upping the glam factor

To create a strong visual concept for her bathroom, Lisa Rorich used bold mirrors as well as ‘contrasting and continuous colour,’ she says. A highly covetable server-style bathroom cabinet (more like those that belong in chic living areas) heightens the glam-luxe feel of the room. And a light well was turned into the shower, which now feels as if it’s outside, says Lisa.

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