Looking back, my bathroom remodel was more like a chain of decisions than one carefully designed solution.
Probably because the designing process lasted more than a year. And because I was constantly finding myself stubbornly stuck on something I wanted even though it was quite clear I should do the opposite.
So we thought, maybe you’d like to read about my personal battles during the remodel process (while checking out how it turned out). It might be helpful, in case you’re going through something similar with the architect/designer you hired – except this was quite ridiculous since I – the client, was fighting with me – the architect.
And as it turns out me – the architect wins every time. But don’t take it as a subliminal message…
A powder room + a bathroom or one big bathroom?
This probably wouldn’t have been an issue if the powder room weren’t already built, but now I’m extremely happy I kept it (even though I kept it for all the wrong reasons).
You see, I kept it because I really didn’t feel like tearing down walls unless it would make a significant difference. And while it is always a good idea to think about how do you actually profit from something you invest your time and money in, the real reason I should have kept it, is because it’s quite convenient to be able to use the toilet while someone else is taking a shower, putting on makeup, or brushing their teeth.
And I knew this to be true long before I decided to keep the powder room, but it’s just… I hated that weird part of the hallway in front of the bathroom and powder room doors so much! I saw it as basically wasted space that was ruining my entryway.
That’s the thing about designing your own apartment. Sometimes your ideas turn out to be just a crazy talk, and when rushing, they might become a reality.
A bathtub or a shower area?
I was planning to design a shower area for months.
Baths? Who has the time, right?
So I was planning to design a shower area, yet I never did because I knew there’s only 75 cm wide space for the shower, and that’s not enough. 85 is a stretch, 75 is unacceptable.
On the other hand, 75 cm makes for a pretty decent bathtub.
So it is hard to explain why it took me so long to accept that bathtub makes a lot more sense. Guess there’s always at least a pinch of irrational thinking during a home remodel. I was my own worst client ever, wasting my time insisting on something that was simply bad.
Standard or custom made bathroom furniture?
I had an idea about the perfect furniture for my bathroom. I also knew the dimensions are so odd, there’s no way I would ever find something even close to being good enough in furniture stores.
Yet I wasted so much time searching, simply because I thought dealing with a carpenter would be such a drag.
But that empty space next to the bathtub was too much for me to swallow. In the end, I designed a two-part laundry basket (my version of a laundry station) which I believe to be a pretty cool way to fill the space between the bathtub and the wall. It even has wheels so cleaning underneath it is not as hard as one might think.
I also designed a matching plywood cabinet above the washing machine. I like the idea of two abstract wooden blocks placed inside white and grey space. Plus, can you believe how much free storage space is in there?
Bold materials or neutrals?
The powder room and the bathroom are designed differently, not because I had an original concept, but because they are two separate rooms and I wanted to use that fact to play with tiles as much as possible.
For the powder room, I wanted to go a little bit overboard. It’s a small room, so why not? And I love it. A mirror is still missing because I bought one with a green metal frame, but now I see it should have a light wooden frame. You live, you learn.
But I wanted a minimalist bathroom. At first, with green or red grouts between white wall tiles. And then I panicked and went for the safe option. Ah. I’m telling you, it won’t be long before we publish my updated bathroom – green grouts and everything!
To tell you the truth, the war isn’t over. Minimalist bathroom required no additional elements besides those wooden blocks. The first week in, towels were driving me crazy and I had to find a place for the wooden ladder.
Also, eventually I will have to install a shelf, or at least choose a tray, next to the bathtub, because I’m not sure how much longer I can keep taking out of the cabinet (and putting back in) shampoos and shower gels few times a day – which is how minimalism, in reality, often works.
Also, in reality, Maks refuses to do it. He said it’s insane. He also said our bathroom looks better on Petra’s photographs than it does in reality.
But we hoped we inspired you, not to dream about your perfect bathroom (or perfect anything), but to keep an open mind. You might be surprised by things you’d never think of otherwise.
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