All my dreaming has not been in vain – I have redone a number of bathrooms. None quite so fantastical as my last post, but definitely rewarding.
This is an en suite off a master bedroom. It had been divided in two by a low brick wall, with a double shower taking up the further half of the room (seen above). The tiles were very dated and all the finishes were cheap white plastic. Yuk!
I was intrigued about the double shower. It brought to mind communal bathing after football matches, or inmates forced to shower together. I can’t imagine a situation where I’d be in such a rush that I’d have to shower simultaneously with my beloved. Or a situation where, if I wanted to shower WITH him, I’d want to be three metres away in my own space.
So that was knocked down!
The whole room was stripped back (above), waterproofed and we started again. You have to be pretty brave to live through this. The dust that is generated by jackhammering out tiles, cutting and relaying them defies belief. You find it for years afterwards, however carefully you clean up.
Despite my derogatory comments on double showers in the home, some things are nice ‘double’ – and I think basins are one of those. Basins take heavy use at both ends of the day, and this way, each gets to have his or her own, with their own clobber around it (tidied away for this photo).
Although this bathroom was done six years ago, it still looks current.
Bathrooms can be brought alive by contrast in texture: here largely between wood and tile and glass. A floating shelf supports two sculptural basins in perfect symmetry. The basins are not ceramic (and terribly fragile, as the plumber first feared) but enamelled steel – hence their super slim delicate shapes.
Sleek wastes take the water away elegantly into the wall. Doesn’t it look amazing with no pipes, and no support?
The mirrors aren’t your usual bathroom bland, but a pair of vintage gilt frames that really add the wow factor.
Doing away with a vanity makes a small bathroom look far bigger (storage issues were solved below).
The toilet had its cistern hidden, and aligned with that, more floating wood shelves line the wall above for storage. A great place to keep clean towels, toilet rolls, and other goodies hidden in baskets.
A Bedouin antique grinder sits in the corner – the only ornamentation in a room designed to be light, easy and refreshing first thing in the morning.
Remember the ‘before’ photo?
Here is that same view ‘after’. As the room is fairly small (about 3m by 3m), a simple tile ensures it isn’t overwhelmed. These were laid vertically to emphasise height. The matching tile, but square, were used for the floor.
Square, tiled, drains were used in the shower – far nicer than plug holes.
The stunning view was left unencumbered by blinds or frosted windows. The only creatures that can see in are the birds.
It’s a lovely sunny space to shower in.