A fresh start

A fresh start

Revitalise your bathroom with the expertise of Oakleys Bathroom and Plumbing Supplies’ star design consultant, Karen Kim.

For over 20 years Karen has been the guiding force behind numerous stunning bathroom transformations across Canterbury. With a background in visual communications, Karen’s interest in art, design and photography has stood her in good stead for a career spent creating stylish and functional bathrooms.

Why is the bathroom one of the most important rooms in the home? In terms of functionality and number of elements within a relatively small space, the bathroom requires careful consideration: from the layout, to the choice of suitable fixtures and fittings, to the quality workmanship of the numerous tradespeople involved. 

Where does the renovation process begin? I start by looking at the layout we have to work within, taking in the overall area, which includes the positioning of windows, doors and plumbing. While some layouts may be restricted to only one possible configuration, often times two or three options are feasible. And, in some cases, where space is at a premium, a simple solution like altering the position of the bath or shower can make a huge difference in terms of functionality, while also creating the illusion of more space.

What scope is there when it comes to bathroom renovations? We assist clients with anything from a basic re-fresh, which might involve updating the vanity or shower or modernising fixtures, to a complete overhaul – stripping the space right back to the framework and redesigning the layout. Drawing on our wealth of experience, we are able to advise clients on the most effective approach while taking care of all the technical details to ensure the most successful result.

How do you decide on bathware and fixtures? To ensure harmony between old and new we look at the home’s existing colour palette, materials, finishes and style – a process which also helps narrow down the near limitless possibilities on offer. Once the specific items are chosen, we focus on the installation requirements and enlist the expertise of various contractors, like a builder, tiler, painter and plumber.

What are the benefits of enlisting the expertise of a bathroom consultant? With over 20 years’ industry experience and specialist product knowledge, I am able to meet each individual’s unique requirements and find clever solutions tailored specifically to each space. At Oakleys we are adept at working directly with clients or in collaboration with their chosen interior designer.

What gives you the greatest satisfaction in your work? I love transforming a bathroom into a peaceful sanctuary. A bathroom is a sacred space to refresh and rejuvenate, and is best enjoyed when it’s well designed and suitably equipped.

Book an appointment with Karen to discuss your bathroom renovation at home, or call to arrange a time to meet with Karen in the showroom at 305 Cashel Street.


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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Form Clearstone Bath; Methven Waipori Slide Shower & Mixer; Crest Ava Shower Unit; DCS Short Siroco Towel Rails.
All products featured are available from Oakleys Bathroom & Plumbing Supplies.

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