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Designing the bathroom

As you know, we've been working on our second-hand removal house for a LOOOONG time now.  It was moved to our property in July 2013.  It took us a year to get council approval (basic plumbing, electrical, insulation etc complete - see update here).  Then we got the roof replaced, and the real work started when we started painting inside and ripped out the bathroom and kitchen.

Now we are finally ready to start rebuilding that bathroom!  Here's sort of what I'm planning:

eight acres: planning our bathroom




eight acres: planning our bathroom
here's a 3D view of the final design

eight acres: planning our bathroom
view from the door

eight acres: planning our bathroom
View from the bath (you can't see the toilet!)

eight acres: planning our bathroom
here's the tiles again

eight acres: planning our bathroom
this is what the bathroom used to look like!

eight acres: planning our bathroom
and this is what it looks like now.

Maybe its a bit earlier (before its built!) to share design tips, but I thought I would share a few things that we have learnt up to this stage:
  • Its much easier to design your space once you've ripped everything out and sat in the empty room for a while (hours) and thought about it.
  • There are some great (and free) 3D design tools (I used the Reece Plumbing bathroom planner) that can help you visualise different options - i.e. I tried moving the bath and shower into every possible different position until we settled on the final design.
  • There are other free resources that can help.  I used the Brisbane Library and got out many many copies of Australian Home Beautiful magazine, and they also had a couple of books just about bathrooms.  I made Pete look at the photos and tell me what he liked and didn't like until I came to a bit of a picture of what we wanted to include in the bathroom.
  • Get some prices early on so you know if you are being unrealistic (I found my PERFECT bath online, with no priced, then I saw the same one in a magazine - $4000!!!!  I got something similar and not quite perfect!).
  • Chose your tiles before you chose your paint (we did the opposite and I was surprised that we had limited options for tiles that would work with our neutral paint colour).  By the way, Choices Flooring at Bald Hills were lovely and spent an hour with me working out my tiles.
  • If anyone offers you free fittings, take them!  A friend gave us unused/unwanted shower fittings and taps, which fit exactly with our design and that has saved us heaps :)
  • Find a builder that will organise it all for you (I don't think we have any out here, but a friend in Brisbane found one, sigh, I am organising the builder, the plumber, the electrician and all the fittings to be in the right place at the right time!)
There were a few things that we both wanted in our new bathroom:
  • A big freestanding bath.  We love taking baths!
  • A walk in shower with a single showerscreen to clean (I hate cleaning baths)
  • We were undecided about the vanity vs a pedestal (not sure about the durability of the MDF cupboards) but in the end we settled on a quality vanity and hope that it lasts
  • Storage space - the bathroom is large enough, so we'll be including a cupboard.
  • Toilet semi-hidden (we debated a separate toilet room, but this is the best compromise for the space we have to work with)
  • Toilet "back to the wall" style - again, less to clean!
  •  Big mirror
  • Simple lights that don't accumulate bugs
  • No need for a fan as the three windows should provide ample ventilation

Do you have any tips for bathroom design?  What are your "must-have" features in a bathroom?

Comments

  1. that looks awesome Liz. Our neighbour re-did her bathroom and just put one of those glass shower screens with no shower pan in the floor - it just runs into a drain. I like the clean look of it. It looks as though you just have a glass screen not an actual shower enlcosure either. as you say that is just more to clean. I like your tiles too - it all looks lovely and clean and streamlined.

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  2. It looks great! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Good luck with all of the tradies, I hope it goes smoothly.
    My biggest thing in a bathroom is to have no crevices for snakes to hide in. We had a metre-long houseguest under the vanity for a few days, thankfully Oswald (as we named him) was just a harmless Common Green Snake.

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  3. Love it all. My tips are get mold resistant grout and not white grout if you can avoid it.

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  4. I really like the colours and tiles you have chosen for your bathroom Liz. That is a good tip about buying the tiles before deciding on paint colour. I will keep that in mind.

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  5. hope you're keeping it old world, i love old bathrooms that are still modern, if you know what i mean
    good lick with it all

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