Bathroom sets the scene for a relaxing experience


Ken Ainsworth of Ainsworth & Collinson was thrilled when he found out his Havelock North bathroom was named the national winner of the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award at the Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year.

Mr Ainsworth says winning the award reflects the hard work completed by everyone involved in the project.

“Winning the award gave us a great sense of achievement. Everyone worked extremely hard on this build, and the bathroom is a real stand-out room — we are very happy with the result,” he says.

Mr Ainsworth says the various materials used in the bathroom were stand-out features, but also key challenges of the build.

“The bathroom had a concrete wall and internal glass wall, and we also used natural timber. It was great to see all these different elements come together to create a fantastic space,” he says.

“The logistics of getting the glass panel into the room was a challenge due to of the size of it. We had to make sure the glass panel was inserted before we started to close the room off with doors.”

Judges were impressed with the various features of the bathroom that create a space of relaxation.

“This bathroom is the focal point of the Master Bedroom suite. Modern and contemporary design incorporates in-slab hydronic heating in the polished concrete floor,” they said.

“Polished concrete vanity tops and a Tasmanian Oak joinery unit is set on the backdrop of Macrocarpa boards. The rear walls of the bathing area and the adjacent toilet space include polished precast concrete and pebble floors.

“Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors not only provide marvellous views down the valley, but give direct access to the spa and lap pool, setting the scene for a very relaxed bathing experience.”

Mr Ainsworth says winning the award has given the company a national profile.

“Winning the award means we have gained recognition from our peers and the community of the quality and effort we put into our builds,” he says.

Ainsworth & Collinson also won six regional awards at the East Coast Registered Master Builders 2015 House of the Year, including the Supreme House of the Year and the Plumbing World Bathroom Excellence Award.

Mr Ainsworth praises the Registered Master Builders Association for the support they provide to their members, and the House of the Year competition which celebrates the quality of builds by members.

Although Ainsworth & Collinson has not entered the 2016 House of the Year, they are looking to enter another home in next year’s competition.

The Awards are made possible through the support of PlaceMakers, Master Build Services, GIB, Nulook, Future-Proof Building, Carters, Plumbing World, Resene and Bunnings Trade.

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