There is something about the idea of a baby coming in a few months that has got George and I to really kick some remodeling into high gear. I don’t think I’m at the “nesting” stage yet that everyone talks about because I sure as hell don’t have the motivation to clean, organize, and pitch but I’ll hire someone to do our bathroom. And hire we have done!
Our one and only bathroom is dinky, normal looking and doesn’t offer much in the way of a great designed bathroom. It has a toilet, vanity, tub (that is salmon colored), mirror, lights (BRIGHT big bulbs that are not friendly) and towel racks. Again, normal but very small. We have talked about remodeling our bathroom for about 3 years and we have tossed around various ideas of what it could have or could look like. Other projects have always come up and got in the way of the bathroom though – our kitchen, dining room. living room, basement… the list goes on. Another factor was that we really didn’t want to tackle this project DIY style so we needed to save the money to have a professional do it for us.
Here is a “before” picture and what we plan to do:
- GUT IT! That’s right, take this thing down to the studs and get rid of EVERYTHING. All the white tile that comes up the wall, the tile that is NOT flush to our hardwood floor in the hallway, the stenciled ivy that I’m sure took forever to detail, all the WOOD that is everywhere will all be G-O-N-E!
- No more traditional swing-open door. We are going to have a pocket door installed (thank you to the best interior designer, Patti Minniear, for that awesome idea). At first, I didn’t get the purpose but then it was explained that it would help save space in the bathroom as we won’t have a door that opens in the bathroom to worry about anymore. I’m now thinking what other rooms we can have pocket doors for, I know its not a new idea and you can find them in older homes but we are going to bring it back. New trend!
- In-set shelving for our shower – no more crappy plastic shower caddy that hangs in the corner of the shower. No more huge shampoo bottles sitting on the window ledge and no more balancing of the razor so that it doesn’t fall off the caddy 3-5 times per shower. This was probably George’s favorite idea for the bathroom and when our contractor saw that it would work for us made all the difference in our finalized plans.
- New tile design for the shower that goes all the way up the wall to the ceiling. This is apparently a more modern look (which is our style) and it helps to prevent mold which is easy to get in a shower. Not only will we have a neutral tile going up the entire wall of the shower but we will also have a pretty design including mosaic tiles to add some extra flair!
- New tub and new toilet. You think…who cares about that stuff, but I DO! I was told that taller toilets are the new thing and the same goes with higher tub sides. That is all good and fine with me BUT I’m only 5’2″ and need to keep an eye on how HIGH this toilet will actually be. My grandparents have a toilet that is higher for “older” people and I’m sure its helpful but when I use it my feet don’t touch the ground. I’m NOT about to hop off and on a toilet everyday!
- Our new vanity will be one of my biggest concerns. With a small bathroom also comes a tiny linen closet and no space for all my makeup and hair stuff. I have made it very clear that I need a vanity that has lots of drawer space and lots of room for all my hair and makeup stuff. We’ll see how this pans out because I want something that matches our new decor as well. The hunt for a vanity begins….I’ll keep you updated.