It’s here. It’s flipping HERE!
Week 20 or something are we now? I dunno, I stopped counting after 17…
My ideas for the bathroom are finally up and at ’em and I can’t wait for a sit down and a biscuit. I don’t think i’ve had a day off since September. God, I need a day off.
Anywaaaay, here was the vibe I had in mind for the bathroom. Strictly monochrome, in keeping with the loft bedroom. If you haven’t seen that yet, I reckon you should have a quick pop over here so you can see how the two spaces connect.
Our new bathroom was going to be 2m x 2m. So, small, but a good size for a second bathroom i’d say. These tiny spaces are certainly not easy to plan at all. And i’ve lost a fair amount of beauty sleep over this space, i’ll tell you that for free.
Here’s where we were at the beginning of December.
And here’s where we are now.
We have a bathroom! I know, I know. I can barely believe it too. Let me take you on a little tour, show you the sights. I’ll add some links too incase anything takes your fancy.
The Laurel Marble and Black Hexagon tiles from British Ceramic Tile, were suitable for walls and floors. Outdoors too in fact as they’re made from porcelain, so very tough. The tiler was quick to mention how many blades he’d got through cutting them. Everyone who has seen them so far has been a big fan. Who knew so many men liked marble? We went with a very light grey grout on the walls to tie in with the marbling effect on the tile and black grout on the floor.
The neat Sabrosa II Toilet from Soak.com had a very small footprint so was perfect for the room and came with a soft close seat, which is a must with little people in the house.
Toilet roll holder by Ferm Living.
Small stool (so tiddles can reach the sink) from La Redoute. With necessary toilet reading.
Black, metal mirror with shelf from Dunelm Mill
Arty reflection shot
Elusive black tap in the house!
The stunning Minimo Black Matt Tap, Waste and Bottle Trap from Olif are the perfect choice for the basin. I love the curve of the spout against the squared off, utilitarian design of the Roca Dama-N sink.
Soap dispenser from H&M
Another before shot coming up….
We decided upon a pocket door to give us an extra square metre of floor space. It was not an easy fit at all and despite the builder spending an extra two days trying to solve problems with the track fitting and soft close, we finally gave in and accepted it wasn’t going to be perfect. But it does open, close and lock. And unlock. Does that too.
The door looks great after being undercoated and painted with Valspar’s ‘Nevermore’ matt eggshell. A soft off-black.
The most awesome towel radiator you ever did see from Soak.com with their traditional style valves. It kicks out some serious heat which is great for getting those damp towels dry and will keep the landing area directly outside the bathroom warm too.
I’m actually taking this photo through a pane of glass, can you see the reflection of the shower hose?
The Mira Adept BRD+ is a real beast of a shower, the fixed head being the size of a dinner plate. Brilliant. We already have a Mira shower in our downstairs bathroom which we love, so it was a no brainer to go for the next one up in the range.
You can choose between the two shower heads, and if you’re feeling particularly needy, you can have them both on. V. luxurious indeed. I was a little concerned what the water pressure would be like up here in the loft, but with Mira’s fancy Magni-Flo™ technology, I needn’t have worried. It’s a keeper.
I won’t even go into the story about why there’s no shower enclosure, because I’ve already lost two days of my life sorting that slight issue out. Let’s just say, the perfectly good enclosure that had been sitting in our hallway for over two months had to be sent back and swapped for something else. Big thanks to Soak for being brilliant to work with and helping me solve the problem quickly and easily.
Luckily, everything worked out fine with our very last minute change to the design, the walk-in shower screen. Actually, this was a walk-through shower screen from Soak.com which we simply siliconed down one side. This option gave us less visible fixings with only two cross bars across the top.
Now you may be wondering (like we were, and Chooch our cat) aren’t you going to get your floor really wet with no enclosure?
The reality is, yes a bit. But nothing our bathmat doesn’t drink up. In fact, we have to do the same in our main bathroom and that’s after showering over a bath with a screen. If we’d had the option at this point of having an enclosure that would fit we would have, but we didn’t. The tray was fitted, walls and floor tiled and the enclosure/screen was literally the last thing to go in.
I’ve since become some kind of expert on flow rates, drain rates and shower-tray pitches. All of these were luckily in our favour for this walk in shower “experiment” to turn out positively. Which was flipping lucky as initially we really wanted a walk in shower, but discounted it due to the small size and layout of the space. Funny how things turn out isn’t it?
Our amazing black Softstone® shower tray is from JT Trays, a design and manufacture company based in my beloved home city of Leeds. The Softstone® has an aqua cushion floor and non-slip surface. Your feet actually squidge into it a little when you walk on. It’s lovely and great for little ones who insist on practicing their jumping jacks whilst showering.
The slate effect tray is laid into the floor, seamlessly linking to the tiled floor and giving the space a wet-room kinda feel. You can check out how they’re fitted here.
The JT Softstone® range comes in black, cream and white, each having a chrome drain cover as standard. I treated myself to one of their colour coded drain covers (yes, this is how I treat myself) plumping for the matt black. Obv.
Arty refection shot no. 2
The ceiling and small section of wall around the window was painted in Dulux Diamond Eggshell Light & Space in white. I think I may play with this bit of wall in the future by adding a pop of colour inside the window recess. Hmmm…
Oh i’ll just mention the trim across the top of the ceiling. In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have added this, however, it seems hexagonal tiles are quite difficult to plan and tile. The tiler finished his tiling, with some walls having nearly 2cm of pure grout along the ceiling line. I had to do something to finish it off, so bought an off black trim that was cut to size, scribed and fitted by my ever suffering husband. Thank you hubster.
So there we have it. Finished. All done. Dusted.
This picture pretty much sums up how my head feels right now. Ka-boom!
I hope you like what we’ve done peeps. Anything you’re not sure about? Anything you really like? Hit me.
Collaborative post. MASSIVE thanks to all the brands that have patiently worked with me on this project. I seriously could not have done it without you. Thank you.