This was my old bathroom with its shabby, unadorned suite. True an airing cupboard is a desirable feature but this one's slatted shelves fell to the floor every time it was used. And a small space was made even more oppressive as the door to the room opened inward. It wasn't a place where a cat would be happy to be swung or where I relished spending time to spend a penny let alone lingering for a long leisurely bath. When I bought the house the room didn't feature in the glossy details. Funny that! This wasn't somewhere that could be spruced up with a minor makeover. Drastic measures were called for. It had to go. Luckily two blokes agreed. Remember when they trashed the place in about two hours.
You might think a bathroom's cost might be proportional to floor area but you'd probably be wrong. To make clever use of space I had to go a la carte and forget an ill conceived initial budget. I wanted fixtures that didn't swamp the room with hideaway storage for toiletries and cleaning materials and space to hang towels. None of those special offer bundles where the DIY stores discount a bathroom set that they've lumped together fitted the bill. The room works totally as I wanted. I've not had to compromise on anything so I'm in no doubt that it was right to incur the extra expense - even if I have to live off stale bread and water for the next two years!
Here we are right inside. The astute among you will notice that this picture and the last were taken at different times. There's a bit of a spot the difference thing going on, for example that squirty bathroom cleaner is meant to be tucked away. I chose to have a wall hanging basin rather than a pedestal to increase that sense of space, And do you like that beautiful wooden floor that replaced the old vinyl? Ha! Fooled you! It's not made of planks at all. These are ceramic tiles masquerading as timber. I wanted a dinky bathmat to show off that floor to best effect. Ikea's bargain £1.50 one does the job rather nicely. Some of the other accessories are from Sweden as well. The storm lamp on the window ledge that holds a great big candle to create ambience comes from Homesense, a shop I've newly discovered that is just like TK Maxx but without the clothes. Similar versions can be found in gift shops around here for around the seventy five quid mark but I got mine for less than half that price. I had to get a couple of bargains in there somewhere just to make me feel better about the overspend elsewhere.
This is probably the best shot of the tiles which cover the walls fully and have replaced the manky wooden window frame. Again they're ceramic masquerading as something else. They're textured and look like much more expensive rough hewn stone. Conventional wisdom goes against using dark colours on walls in such a small space but I think it's worked here. After all gleaming white everywhere wouldn't have made this room look the size of a banqueting hall. More savings could be had if I'd settled for splashbacks and a modest tiled bath surround with paint on the walls and window frame. Given the focus on doing up my house lately it may surprise you that I'm not a DIY lover. It was worth spending a little bit extra so, aside from the ceiling and door, I'll never have to decorate again. Now that's what I call an investment.
'I need storage space and somewhere to hang towels.' I told Lawrence. Initially he doubted that it would be possible but we did it. I have this brilliant slimline unit with three separate cupboards. That glass is a bugger to keep clean even if there are dinky handles down at the bottom of the doors that are supposed to stop you touching them. Even so I love this fixture for its practicality. It holds everything, even a gaslighter for the candles. All the bottle of bleach and cleaner can be hidden unless I forget to put them away. Those downlighters are a godsend too when it comes to tweezing eyebrows. 'It's not at all what I would have expected of you.' said Mr Metrosexual when he came to give his very approving verdict. 'It's much more Liz Taylor!'
And here's the radiator that will keep my towels toastie. I splashed out a bit and went for something funky and designer rather than bog standard. After all I've already said that I only ever plan to remodel this room once so wanted it to look top end. 'Oh hang the cost. This project has already broken the bank!' I thought and bought new towels as well. These are from George at Asda and that Swedish shop again. My old ones were mainly greying white and I wanted a bit of bright colour to break up all that monochrome and metal.
Thanks must go to Lawrence for his design prowess and I'm extra specially pleased that he assigned Che to do the work. His workmanship was brilliant with a superb attention to detail. Thanks mate for making my bathroom as special as the rest of my home. I'm extremely chuffed. I definitely owe you and the missus a beer!