Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Bathroom renovations

So here is bathroom number 2...
 
After.

Before.
...a rather sad looking toilet
Before.
...small bath with shower over and a very
dodgy hot water tap!
 
 
 
 
 






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After.
...no bath, but I LOVE the shower

Isn't is funny how exciting one gets over a new bathroom? It feels a little self-indulgent to be writing a post about it...but I suppose it is part of everyday life here, and that is what this blog is about.

So now that I've justified that to myself I'll continue!

Upstairs bathroom was just as blue as the guest room one, except it didn't have the cage like tiles or the leaf tiles on the floor. If you want to be reminded you can read and see here. We deliberated quite a while about removing the bath from this bathroom, but in the three years that we have lived in this house I haven't used the bath once....seriously!!
(OK, explanation needed - subtropical Queensland weather lends itself to showers....lots of cool showers).

So out came the bath, and then we had the room for a dream walk in wet area shower. I'm so glad that our water restrictions have been lifted, because I'm afraid that I am using up my water rations daily! Oh, what luxury now that I don't have to battle with the 'little bit more cold water' then the 'little bit more hot - that's too much!' scenario every time.
The banging on the floor screaming "turn the kitchen taps off please!" is an almost distant memory  already. (kitchen taps used to make the shower water ice cold).

The 'clever' part of this bathroom is the laundry shoot. The whole bathroom was designed around it. Basically, there is a hole in the floor that connects to the laundry room underneath. For the benefit of UK friends - a laundry is like a utility room where the washing machine, etc is stored. It's very rare to find a washing machine in a kitchen here, and almost every home has a laundry. I'll show you my laundry room soon...

bye bye dirty clothes, see you downstairs in the laundry!
 The decision about which vanity to buy was made around the fact that it had to have a right hand side cupboard for the laundry shoot...little things eh?

So now it's all over...weeks of pouring over magazines of amazing bathrooms (I actually typed 'purring' over magazines, and with some of the show bathrooms that was also quite true!!), weeks of decision making - how many different taps are there? Weeks of dust and mess....and finally....we're there.

Now I just have to pretty up bathroom number 2 a little bit. It's a small room, and the large matt white tiles can look a little clinical at times? Maybe if I find a little left in the bathroom budget (big 'pfff" from husband!) I'll get some new towels. Any other ideas greatly appreciated. x



16 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Fantastic and you really do have some very clever ideas - I love the laundry shoot in the cupboard. It must feel quite luxurious. I remember the bathroom being one of the first things we did in the renovation of our place. I still love it two years down the track... ;-)

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  2. Bethan I love it! I'm envious. May I come and wash at your place please. Mine is quite hideous and I think I'd happily take your old version. The window next to the shower looks great. So cool to have a laundry shoot, not to mention practical! :)

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  3. Bethan, I can't believe it. Your bathroom is very much like the one my friend in Australia is planning. We've been plotting and planning via many phone calls,her new bathroom for months and at my suggestion she decided to for-go the bath and put in a long shower recess under the window with the basin beside it, exactly as you have done...it's spooky! I know she's worried about the finished layout, but I can now tell her not to worry as your's looks fantastic. Better still I'll tell her to drop by your blog to have a look. It was a difficult decision for her to for-go the bath, but I convinced her to bath her baby girl in the laundry trough until she's old enough to stand in the shower! Hope to god that works out! Robx

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