This bathroom was installed 15 years ago. As you can see it is very small, and in my opinion a bit old fashioned. It was not very functional, the sink under the window means I have no mirror (hence the little mirror on the window sill), the bath, sink and toilet are very close to each other, and there is no storage space. The door was opening inwards which cut out a lot of space as well, so first we turned the door to open outwards.
This wall was a bit of a waste of space, so we hung this triangular mirror and four glass shelves for all my potions and lotions. I am a woman and I need a lot of things in my bathroom, I was running out of space so I bought this small, white cabinet and shoved it in the corner. The ugly radiator was a nuisance too.
The bathroom is too small to have a separate shower cubicle so we had (and still will have) an over the bath shower.
So why am I telling you all this things that were wrong with my bathroom? It is because planning your bathroom, big or small, takes a lot of trial and error and careful planning.
You see, when we moved in to this house the bathroom was even worse-peach colour bath, sink and toilet, horrible tiles. I thought "No way, I need to change this bathroom right now".
So we changed the bath, sink, toilet and tiles, but everything was put in exactly the same place as the old bathroom.
Big mistake...still not very functional and still no storage space.
One advice I would give you when you move in to a new place is, live with the bathroom (whether you like it or not) for a while and see how it works for you and your family. See a few bathroom design companies and see if they have any ideas on how to make your bathroom better. Remember, these people fit bathrooms every day and they will know what will or will not work in your space. Most bathroom companies are very High-tech and will give you a 3D image of what your bathroom would look like.
So this time I did exactly that, I chose my bathroom fitter and the demolition began.
God help me! It looked as if a bomb has hit it and this was only day three. It has taken longer than I would have wanted, but because I moved my sink on to a different wall and moved the toilet a bit to the right, there was a lot of pipes that had to be moved. I have also decided to get rid of the radiator and install a heated towel rail on a different wall, so we needed new pipes for that too. The first week was just pipe moving, making the walls good, ready for new tiles. I wanted to pull my hair out lol.
I felt a bit better when my new bath was fitted and my bathroom designer gave as a make-shift water supply. The bath is double ended and quite deep.
On day 11 the tiling has started, Yey! I have chosen plain beige ( high shine ) tiles for all the walls and these dark brown tiles that look like wood floor boards for an accent on one wall and for the floor.
Can you see the controls on the wall for the shower? ( they control my waterfall style bath tap too ). Well, two days later I have decided that I did not want them there, I wanted them on my feature wall lol, so the poor man had to take some tiles off and make a new hole for it. I bet he wanted to kill me...if he did, he didn't show it.
So here it is, it looks much better, don't you think? That waterfall bath tap looked a bit lonely there on its own and also these controllers operate the bath tap, so it will be much easier when you are running a bath ( while lying in it ) to turn it off.
And here is the finished bathroom from all the angles
Can you see how much bigger this wall looks after removing the sink from it?
We hung the new basin on this wall. We got rid of the ugly radiator and replaced it with a heated towel rail and instead of the mirror and glass shelves, we now have a lovely mirrored cabinet with LED lights and built in bluetooth speakers. I feel like this wall looks bigger too, busy patterned tiles are no good for small spaces.
We have a feature wall in a middle of the bath, these tiles are the same as on the floor, but we have used chocolate coloured grout so that it looks more like a panel, and not like floor boards.
Instead of a regular bath tap we have installed a waterfall style tap in the middle of the bath ( the bath is double ended ) and the control panel, which controls both the shower and the bath tap.
We are over the moon with our new bathroom. It was a long and painful process ( but all renovations are ), but it was well worth it. I love it.