Designing a tiny bathroom: Part 2
Let's get in to the nitty-gritty of bathroom design. If you're looking at renovating your small bathroom, here are my top tips.
Be realistic about what will fit
I would have loved a bath tub, but where would it have gone? And would the pleasure of an occasional bath have outweighed the annoyance of stepping in to the bath to have a shower every. single. day.? A bath was abandoned as a viable option right from the start.
Similarly, a vanity unit would have really closed up the space. A pedestal and inbuilt shelving was a much better option for us.
Be realistic about what you can afford
With the advent of Pinterest, it's easy to get carried away. When you first meet with your designer or builder, discuss your budget. You'll then know whether you're good to go, you need to save a little, or you need to completely reassess your #bathroomgoals.
We had initially planned to build a temporary bathroom in the studio (yep, it's got plumbing) to use while this one was done. But at an estimated $4,000 for tiling and plumbing connections, plus the impact on my work space, vs. $1,000 or so to hire a temporary shower ... the answer was clear.
In almost all builds, things come up unexpectedly. We'd planned for the removal of floor and ceiling, but imagine if the damage hadn't been so obvious in advance - that's lots of extra $! Old houses often has asbestos (ours didn't) or bad wiring that must be fixed (ours did). Set aside a contingency, and make it more than you think you'll need.
Come to your builder with ideas
If yours is not an architect-designed room (and ours isn't, at four square metres) you need to come to your builder with ideas.
When we first bought this house I created a Pinterest page, not unlike those I create for my clients. (Check it out here!). You can see that there's a very strong correlation between what we were inspired by, and what we ended up with. This was refined over many months, as I considered coloured feature tiles, exposed brick, and so forth. The final design was negotiated with Mr Industriale, as it should be. A bathroom is for everyone in the house, after all!
When it came time to meet with our builder, I'd already considered and roughed out two designs. A very quick conversation confirmed that the one we chose was better; it meant that we didn't have to move so much plumbing, nor waterproof the cabinet and window.
If you need help to develop a design concept or a layout for your bathroom, let me know.
Allow for lead times
Those black capping tiles in our bathroom are hand-painted by a man in England and shipped here. Fortunately, we'd ordered them early and their arrival lined up perfectly with the rest of the renovation schedule. But if they hadn't, we'd have had trades sitting idle while they waited. Having the tiles and fixtures available when the work starts saves heaps of time. Do it!
Have more questions? Drop me a line, I'm happy to talk bathrooms!