The Perfect Bathroom
January 19, 2015
I’m staring down two bathroom remodels and in many ways they couldn’t be more different and in other ways they will end up with many of the same details. One bathroom is tiny and has an egress out to the yard and beach and a step down which prevents certain floor plans, the other is a good sized room with a paladin window on the largest of the four walls and three doors. What to do?!? Well…
BATHROOM 1. Is hopefully going to get a full slab shower stall. It’s simple, rich, and spare but still has a quality and a quiet elegance I think this little room needs. The plan will be to have a removable teak “mat” inside the shower and a rain style shower head. Frameless glass door is a must to maintain the simple, uncluttered vibe. It’s shaping up to look a lot like this image (above) but I want to bring back some more traditional elements so I won’t do a poured concrete counter top or the contemporary open shelving instead I’m thinking horizontal V-grove boards on the walls with built-in medicine cabinets and a sink that feels like an updated throwback like the bathroom below. I think I really like the oversized dark floor of this bathroom too. Should hide dogs hair, dust and debris better than a white floor (the other option I’m thinking about).
BATHROOM 2. Is a big room to fill, but I need to get a tub, shower, toilet and 2 sinks into a room with three doors and a BIG window. I really want to put the sink into an armoire, the idea of “furniture” in this space appeals to me because I think the room – it’s also 9.5 foot ceilings – needs to be filled up a bit. This idea might make two sinks impossible but the extra sink is more negotiable than the tub, shower or toilet. Those are must haves! There are existing hardwood floors in the room currently, and I’d like to make them work either as is or perhaps painted, I love a painted floor. I am planning on subway tiles floor to ceiling in this room with V-grove board ceiling and an over sized lantern centered in the room. This bathroom will be mostly if not all traditional.
What do you care? Well, here are the lessons in todays blog:
1. Before you call the contractor, and before you head out to go shopping for finishes. PICK A STYLE or the “look” you think you want to achieve. This will help you from getting distracted once you are standing in front of all those bright and shiny choices and you either glaze over or pick something that has nothing to do with your desired look.
2. MAP IT OUT. Spend as much time as you have planning and playing with how the room can be set up, use tape on the floor to do this, or make templates from newspaper or draw mini versions (to scale, kits available on-line if you don’t have this talent) and plan, plan, plan.
3. Like most of us, you probably have a budget. It’s pretty helpful to MAKE A LIST of everything you think you need and put a price next to it to help you understand how much you have to spend on each item. Splurging on a sexy faucet might mean going cheap on the toilet. Mosaic tile floor might mean run of the mill tile in the shower. Once you have your list, be sure to subtract the contractors (and sub-contractors) labor estimates, reduce your over all budget number and then have fun shopping.
4. Unless you intentionally want some shock value keep the overall vision of your project in keeping with the architecture of the home/condo/apartment. There is nothing worse than walking in a Colonial home and getting hit with a Tuscan bathroom. WRONG. Want Tuscany? Move there.