Bedroom To Bathroom

When Robin and Wayne Poncia bought a charming English Arts and Crafts home in the affluent Uplands district of Victoria, they wanted to retain its 1920s-era character while updating its interior.

The first step was adding a much larger bathroom to the four-bedroom home.

Built in 1929, and close to 5,000 square feet, the house needed some updating. But the couple was adamant that home’s fine features and classic lines would remain preserved and intact. They found a soulmate in Victoria designer Bruce Wilkin of Bruce Wilkin Design.

“With two school-age boys, the bathroom can be a busy place, so we had to bring all of our needs together in this space,” Robin explained.

The solution proved to be converting a second floor bedroom and small ensuite into a large new family bathroom.

The first challenge Wilkin encountered was how to accommodate the bathroom’s functional elements.