Vibrant Invibe Panel perfect bathroom solution
A vibrant bathroom renovation
“While InVibe 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.”
The owner of a rental property in Bayview, Auckland was seeking a low maintenance solution for a bathroom renovation. 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.
Durable UV Coating Technology
Invibe panel and jointers were applied to the interior bathroom walls. 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 challenge I faced was how to finish the vertical jointer neatly at the top edge of the panels. 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.”