Why we think you shouldn’t settle for subtle grouts

Why we think you shouldn’t settle for subtle grouts

Have you ever avoided to try certain dish just because you thought you won’t like it? Or to wear a certain outfit just because you believed you’re not slim/tall/tan enough to pull it off? And then someone talked you into it, and you were surprised how wonderful it tasted/fitted?

I probably wouldn’t have tried chicken curry if my sister hadn’t insisted. Nor would I have bought a golden skirt. But that’s another story.

The point is, designers and architects are a lot like my sister. They are pretty bold decision makers. They want to take an interior (or family weeknight dinner) to the next level.

And maybe you won’t like some of them. Maybe you’ll believe them to be over-designed, or too minimalist. And that’s ok.  Because even though we strongly believe there’s an objective way to observe an interior and see if the design is good or not, the fact is, our emotions and our taste affect the way we see things.

Yet, even though we maybe don’t like the style of an apartment, it is so important to really study its details. There’s always something to learn from professional architects, just trust us on this one.

Remember that time we learned how to place a washing machine in the dead corner of the L-shaped kitchen? We would miss that ingenious solution if we had focused on the fact we don’t really like OSB in interiors. Okay, we loved it from the very beginning, but you see what we mean.

Here’s the thing. We love to experiment, and we love to see projects of architects who experiment. Who use a lot of textures and materials and manage to combine the impossible. And this usually goes for bathrooms and kitchens, probably because there’s a lot of details to experiment with. Continue reading “Why we think you shouldn’t settle for subtle grouts”

Step by step guide to a small bathroom design

Step by step guide to a small bathroom design

Designing a small bathroom is always a challenge.

The reason is pretty simple: to design a functional bathroom means to respect some common dimensions of fixtures and space between them.

Now, there may be a lot of things you want to place in a bathroom. But the key is to start simple. And basically, a bathroom consists of three elements: a toilet, a sink, and a shower. Maybe, in the end, you’ll have a toilet, a bidet, a bathtub and double sink – it depends on the size of your bathroom as well as your preferences. But if you think about it, those are just variations of the three basic elements. At the beginning of a design process, you have to start with the minimum number of elements. Continue reading “Step by step guide to a small bathroom design”

How to remodel a bathroom

How to remodel a bathroom

We feel like everybody wants to remodel their bathroom. There are few most common reasons:

  1. Plumbing system is old and needs to be replaced
  2. It’s cluttered and the layout is not really functional
  3. It’s ugly

Whatever the reason, we get it. Bathrooms used to be treated (and sometimes still are, even in new buildings) as utility rooms, there wasn’t really any difference between toilet and bathroom, except in size. It is not unusual to have a basket of dirty laundry, washing machine, and dryer as well as all detergent bottles, in the bathroom – the same space where you should be able to take a long relaxing bubble bath while drinking champagne. Continue reading “How to remodel a bathroom”

How to design a shower

How to design a shower

One of our favorite things to hear from a client is: “I would like to have a shower instead of a bathtub.”

You see, a problem with reconstructions is that almost every time we have space that is too small for our client’s wishes. And the thing with bathroom is that in order to make it functional, we have to respect some common dimensions of fixtures and space between them. Do you remember our post about a functional kitchen? Standard dimension of a piece of furniture or fixture can be very frustrating because sometimes you just don’t have those extra 5 centimeters. Continue reading “How to design a shower”