Friday, July 15, 2011

Bathrooms I love

Four posts in one day. The kid's napping, what can I say. But I've been looking at bathrooms online and though these aren't necessarily feasible for our space or budget, I just thought I'd share some things that I think are gorgeous.
I adore the tiling in this bathroom. From a budget standpoint, it's a big fat no, on top of from the hard work and cleaning aspects. I mean, who scrubs all that? I wouldn't. It's also probably a little dark for the teeny space that we have. However I think just doing the back & side wall of the shower in that could be pretty awesome. I would have to price it out though.

I loathe the floor here but this is the colour tile I was thinking before I saw the dark grey. It would still be a possibility and this tile looks like the kind that isn't designer and a bajillion dollars per square foot. We won't have a tub, though, because the room is so teeny, it'll just be a glass shower enclosure. Although I do kind of like the wall mount sink shown here, it looks pretty cool. Maybe I'll have to investigate those a little more as well.

Bathroom Fixtures

Here's a few things I've been eyeing in regards to the actual fixtures that we'll need to replace in the downstairs bathroom.

From Kohler. At $300, when you compare it to others similar, it's a bit pricey. But it's an idea of what I'd like. Very clean and simple. I'll likely be able to find something relatively similar for about half the price from American Standard or something. I do love browsing the Kohler site, though!

After you look at enough toilets, they all start to look funny and you kind of want to run into the bushes to poo instead. Seriously, I dare you to look up toilets and look at eleventy billion of them without thinking toilets look like the things aliens come to earth in or something. All we want is a plain dual flush boring old white toilet. I think they can be had pretty cheaply. This one is American Standard and it looks like it would do the job. It's $300 but I know Home Depot has 'em cheaper and Guelph give rebates for buying dual flush / low flow toilets so we won't spend more than $200 or so.

Downstairs Bathroom!

You always want to fix the things that you use most often first. I mean, hey, you use them most often. They should be awesome. In the case of our bathroom situation, however, that approach is just not going to work for me.

Let me tell you about our downstairs bathroom. It's tiny. The door hits the toilet when you open it. The toilet shifts if you sit on it. The floor is covered in weird grossness. The tap sprays. The mirror is all marked up. The shower is tiny and also covered in weird grossness. There is a teeny window at the top of the shower that is under the deck, so no light really gets in. The shower curtain and the valance over the window are totally moldy. Everything, in a word, is just. plain. Gross. Would you want to use this bathroom? You would probably rather go to an outhouse at a camp site than use this bathroom. True story.

What happens when you are renovating your main bathroom? You use the other bathroom. In this case, that sure as hell ain't going to happen. I would rather hold my pee for a week than take the chance of catching a weird butt mould from the toilet. I would rather not shower for a week than set foot in that shower.

First things first, then: renovate the downstairs bathroom so that I'm not terrified of using it when we do the upstairs bathroom. Andplushalso, no one will want to be around me if I don't shower for a week, and I certainly don't want to hold my pee for a week (failing that, get poison ivy from using the shrubberies in the park as my personal toilet).

I'm thinking of doing it in two shades of grey + white. Without making structural changes it's going to be more of a clean up & facelift than anything else.

There's an open cupboard that I'm thinking charcoal grey for. Walls, light grey. Shower stall, white with a glass door. Floor... undecided. I think I'll need to take a look around. We'll change the sink to a pedestal, get a nice new vanity, and of course replace the toilet.


First things first!

Blog Two: doing stuff to our house in preparation for a sale that will happen some day. Normally I hate blogs that are limited time function, but I refuse to jump on the pinterest bandwagon and rather than print a bunch of stuff to throw in a binder somewhere (or cut things out of magazines, or buy design books...) I am going to keep my thought organized online. It may or may not work, but it's worth a try. Who knows, I may end up cutting things out of magazines anyway.

A little about our place: it's a 1050sqft semi detatched in a mixed student & family neighborhood that we bought 7 years ago and as of yet have put no work into, other than to make a lovely room for the baby. There are 3 bedrooms & a bathroom upstairs, kitchen and living room main, and then the laundry, another bathroom, and an office in the basement. We also have a good sized yard with a nice sized deck and have done little to no gardening. There is crappy pink carpet throughout the upstairs (other than the aforementioned baby room), hardwood in the living room, and oogly linoleum everywhere else. Perfect starter home or student housing, to be sure, it just needs a little love.