The bathroom is not too bad but is not a particularly inspiring design and is not in keeping with where I see the interior design of the house going. It also has some practical issues that need fixing – shower screen cracked, seems to be some seepage into the wall from the shower (cracked tile or grout?), ceiling cracking around ventilation fan, toilet has some issues (it just runs, which annoys me!).
I’ve found a bathroom renovation company who I like (WA Assett) and have just had my final selections meeting. I’ve made some changes to my original plans, partly on price, and partly on the basis that this is not my “forever home” and a lot of the things I wanted were part of a bigger picture for the whole house which won’t be done for a while yet. Therefore, they may not have fitted in well with the house as it sits now.
I’ve also had to resign myself to bright white and shiny chrome as it is virtually impossible, or prohibitively expensive, to get anything else!
Basic Design/Layout: Keep as is. Remove continuation of vanity countertop above bath. We have made some minor changes to sizing and layout of things but these are all small, and just so things fit in better with the new products.
Floor: I have given up my beloved slate floor. It was going to be too hard to source, lay and especially cut. Plus, expensive and probably stressful for something that may not have been the most appropriate material and may actually not have ended up fitting in perfectly.
Instead I have chosen some tiles. They are, at least, very nice tiles! Livingstone Grey, 300×300, with the narrowest grout lines possible!
The tiles will cover the entire floor, including shower and hob, the shower walls up to 2m, splashbacks up to ~1.1m behind the toilet, vanity and bath, the front of the bath and a 150mm skirt on the other wall.
Shower Walls: I gave up my Caesarstone single panel walls as it turns out Caesarstone is very expensive, hard to install and much harder to repair if anything goes wrong (ie you have to replace an entire panel, not just one tile). Instead, standard tiles.
Shower Screen: I have given up my frameless shower screen, partly on price, but also on robustness. Instead I have gone with a semi-framed screen which is still quite nice but also much cheaper and more robust.
I am also moving the fittings to the other wall (so the same as this photo) and will have the taps mounted on the side close to the door, vertically (one above the other – I’m not good with change, so we’ll see how this goes!!).
Shower Base: The existing hob will be knocked out and a new, narrower, shorter one installed. We are shifting the dimensions slightly, probably moving it out to be in line with the wall. It will be tiled with the same wall/floor/splashback tiles.
Vanity Countertop: I am finally getting my bit of Caesarstone “Dreamy Marfil” for my vanity countertop.
This will be combined with a white oval shaped sink inset below the countertop.
Vanity Cupboards: Simple timber finish, honey coloured timber, minimal detailing. “Finger hold” opening or “push to open” (not sticking out handles). Two sets of drawers (probably with two small drawers at the top and a larger one at the bottom), two cupboard doors in the middle. No skirt at top (drawers go all the way to benchtop). Small skirt at bottom.
Fittings: Sadly, I’m stuck with shiny chrome, as anything else is too expensive and too hard to find. I have chosen Phoenix Ivy fittings, with some modifications. I’m getting a wall mounted, pivot spout for the bath (so you can turn it against the wall out of the way), the standard vanity fittings, and a rail mounted shower head (for height adjustment and because I didn’t like any of the other heads). The shower screen and mirror frame will be a matte chrome.
Bath: I’m getting the one I wanted: Decina Adatto 1650 x 720 x 445 .
Front of bath tiled with wall/floor tiles. I thought about timber to match the vanity but it will be better to leave the vanity as the stand out timber feature (and probably more hard-wearing to have tiles!)
Toilet: Novelli Caro wall faced. This goes all the way to the wall (minimal places for dust to accumulate!) and, most exciting, has a soft close lid!! Sounds silly, but is quite cool! And it’s super solid (porcelain?) so no damaged/loose plastic lids like I have now!
Walls: Paint. Don’t know what colour yet.
Lighting: Probably just a standard light (I love those heat/light/fan things but I don’t want to encourage myself to indulge in that). No idea about this really.
Window: I’d love to replace the window with timber framed, outwards opening windows, but this can be done later, possibly in conjunction with other work on doors/windows in the house so I won’t worry about it any more at this point.
Other issues: Need to be prepared for water damage in wall around shower. Also need to replace some of the ceiling (water damage / ceiling fan pulling through). I’ll put a new ceiling fan in after they have repaired it.