Company: James Hardie

The owner of a rental property in Bayview, Auckland was seeking a low maintenance solution for a bathroom renovation. James Hardie Invibe™ panel provided both durability and a lustrous coloured look for the bathroom, which was previously unsuitable for a rental situation. The materials met all of the owner’s requirements including achieving the lowest maintenance solution and highest grade finish possible.

Chris Ross is both the client and architect behind this bathroom renovation project. A Senior Draughtsperson for Paul Brown Architects, Ross designed the bathroom makeover and installed the panels himself. Despite his previous experience incorporating James Hardie products into his designs, the DIY project was not without its challenges.

The James Hardie Solution

James Hardie Invibe™ panel and jointers were applied to the interior bathroom walls.

“The use of a pre-finished panel seemed to be the best solution for this area. It is mould resistant, easy to clean, and tough – or in other words, tenant resistant!” explains Ross.

The coating provides an impervious surface barrier to moisture, and the cement-composite substrate is resistant to damage from moisture, providing a double shield of durability.

“It also provided the added bonus of adding a splash of colour to the bathroom.”

Ross selected gloss panels in Rouge and Stone for an “on trend” finish. “The gloss finish not only provides a modern, industrial-feel to the bathroom, it has actually increased light levels in the area,” says Ross.

Invibe™ panel is also quick to install as it does not require a base substrate for installation. The panel can be silicone butt-jointed or installed with the ARChitectural™ range of aluminium mouldings.

Ross worked with James Hardie representatives to modify the installation to suit the project better.

“The solution was to use a timber profile to cap the top of the panel and notch the back to receive the vertical jointer. This solution achieved a crisp edge against the Invibe™ panel and meant the Invibe™ panel could be installed much more easily.”

Ross concludes that, “while it lends itself well to an industrial-type application it is an amazing product to have in my home and I would recommend it to all types of clients.”

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