My vision for our #littletoorak bathroom goes a little something like this...
...Light grey, white, marble, concrete and warm timber accents.
I can't get enough of a grey bathroom at the moment. And marble hexagon tiles... don't get me started! STUNNING! The #littletoorak bathroom is small, so it's important the colours and textures make the space feel as large as possible. #littletoorak will become a rental eventually so I want to keep the pallet neutral, while still injecting character and a sense of luxury.
So what does the #littletoorak bathroom look like now you ask?...
EEK!!! Yes... my thoughts exactly! Canary yellow may have been the in colour of the 1950's, but fast forward 60 odd years and it's not looking so good. Colour aside, the #littletoorak bathroom is in dire need of an update. Some of the plumbing had to be fixed about 5 years ago and unfortunately this was a very quick fix. Tiles were removed and replaced with laminate sheeting and we were left with metal casings across the ceiling and down the wall, covering the new pipes.
When we first moved in, Jon cleaned the shower head and it snapped off in his hands! It was straight to Bunnings for a cheap replacement so we could shower. The bathroom was falling apart - literally! The toilet was being held together with tape, the roof was covered in mould and the tiles were starting to break away from the wall and floor.
Jon and I initially thought we could work within the existing footprint. But as we used the bathroom, we quickly realised the layout simply didn't work. There just wasn't enough space. The toilet was so close to the vanity that you could rest your head on it. And you couldn't dry yourself without knocking the vanity, or wall. So we decided to start from scratch and redesign the bathroom exactly how we wanted it. Here is the plan…
Locking in the new bathroom layout was one of the hardest decisions we had to make in the whole #littletoorak project. The bathroom is only 1.6m wide x 2.5m long so we really wanted to make sure the design was utilising the tiny space in the best way possible. After coming up with many different layouts, we finally settled on the one above. Lining all the plumbing along one wall gave us the best flow and most usable floorspace. To make this possible, we will remove a cupboard jutting in from the hallway. The cupboard is under-utilised from the hallway and takes up 1/6th of the bathroom floorspace; so it makes sense to remove it and give the space back to the bathroom. Luckily the two back walls making up the cupboard are non-structural so can be removed with no issues. The cupboard door will then become the new bathroom door and the existing door to the bathroom will be closed off.
We kept changing our minds on one key decision too: Do we have a bath/shower or a walk-in-shower? This was the great debate of 2017. We asked friends, real estate agents and of course, Google, for their opinions too, which possibly confused us further. hahaha. We got there in the end though, with walk-in-shower taking out the win! More on that here. We have also included lots of storage in the plan - draws under the vanity and big overhead mirrored cabinets. Storage heaven!
Here are some 3D sketches I drew with Google SketchUp (a great tool if you haven't used it).
I would love to know what you think of our #littletoorak bathroom plans and if you have any tips for bathroom reno's? Let me know below.