BEFORE: As you can see, no one would ever want to use this bathroom because they would recoil in fear and horror. Our younger son (three years old at the time) said, "Please do not buy this house. Who knows what lives in that bathroom?" I can see where he was coming from. The bathroom earned the nickname "The Chevron Station Bathroom." Luckily, or unluckily, our house was diagnosed with mold before we ever moved in (we knew this upfront when we bid), so that meant the entire (100%) basement had to be demolished before we could move in. Oh, believe me, I was so so sad to see that bathroom go (not!).
|No murders happened here (that we know of).|
As you can see from the top drawing, the bathroom was so teeny tiny because of all the wasted space of that hallway. To be fair, the hallway was necessary to get you from the main large space of the basement to the other side and out the basement side door. However, I put a ton of thought into it and decided to re-route traffic through the basement guest bedroom to get to the outside. Also, this meant that (unfortunately) you would have to go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom. So, it is a little inconvenient if you are in the basement that you have to walk around, go through a bedroom, and then there is the bathroom.
Why I did it: it was driving me insane to think that the bathroom would stay that tiny due to that stupid hall. Now there is no hallway in the basement whatsoever. The next photo gives you the image of how the bathroom was framed out. This is right when we ran out of money in our remodeling budget (due to that fun mold), so we had to live with just framework for about a year. Boo.
|We ended up storing plastic bins full of junk in here for a while.|
|Getting closer to done!|
As you can see from the photo, there is an indented space on the right above where a sink would go. I designed this. I thought it would be neat to have a little extra ledge to put make-up or a hairbrush or soap or whatever. I had stayed in a nice hotel in New York once that had a built-in ledge above the sink like this, so that is where I got the idea. (The hotel was the Helmsley, by the way. United used to put us up there.)
Okay, on to the big reveal.
As for the floor tile, it is simple black and white checkerboard tiles that we had the contractor lay on the diagonal, with the alternating random squares of black or aqua. This pattern of laying tiles is (I believe) called "pinwheel."
The paint color is by Benjamin Moore and is named "Gray Cashmere." It is not really that gray in real life, it is more of a muted aqua green color. The toilet is new, and I think we got it at Home Depot (Kohler). The sink is (ready for this) from Craig's List! I had seen one like it at Lowe's, but I decided to check Craig's List just in case. THE EXACT SAME SINK, in my town! The reason the people were selling it is they bought it for their bathroom, installed it, then decided it was too big. They had already put their faucet in (not the one in the photo), and Lowe's will NOT return a sink that was already installed! The people ended up selling it to me for half of the original price. Yay! The sink is made of two pieces, the basin and the pedestal base.
The mirror is from Target. The frame looks like Zebra wood, dark brown with black streaks, pretty.
The ledge is Carrera marble.
The sconces and faucet were ordered online. I think of them as the jewelry for the little black dress of a bathroom. The sconces I just love because they are glass (even the part that looks like a fabric shade is really glass).
|Like a fancy hotel bathroom, right?|
When I am subbing for 4th grade and the kids say that math is "hard" and why do they have to learn this because they will never use it, I want to show them photos of this bathroom and explain how my contractor and I planned and measured all of this so the end result would look "effortless."
Now, I would like to draw your attention to the little arched alcove indented thing on the right. Again, this was not there in the original house, it is an architectural detail that I added. I drew it, designed and planned it, figured out the size it would be and how the tiles would go. (Tip: always buy 10% extra tile in case you have a plumbing issue in the future and tile has to be removed. Usually when it is removed, it breaks, so it is good to have the exact tile on hand in case the store has discontinued it.) That ledge is the same Carrera marble. It was fairly inexpensive because I needed so little. I think I bought a remmant for this.
Another detail I would like to point out to you: the bathroom has three lights, one is overhead and then the matching pair of sconces. My electrician could put the light switches wherever I wanted, so I had him put the main one by the door, and then the switch for the two sconces (they are wired to be turned on and off together) next to the sink. I also had the electrician put an electrical outlet there for a hair dryer and curling iron.
You cannot see it, but on the other side of the bathroom near the window on the left, we have a small piece of furniture, a tiny little Bombay chest with drawers. It is very European-looking. Anyway, again I measured in advance and had the electrician put a plug above the little cabinet, to plug in hot rollers or whatever.
The whole point is: you have to visualize the bathroom 100% complete before you ever start. See yourself in the space and imagine where you will need plugs or extra counter space to set things.
I know it is a cliche, but think outside the box. Our bathroom would have been tiny if I had not stolen that adjacent hallway to work with.
I hope you enjoyed Design Weekend 2! Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to your comments.