Next up on our home tour is our bathroom which is tiny so it will be a quick tour! We have a single bathroom and while it was an adjustment from our three bathroom rental, we have survived.
We weighed the options of adding on a second bathroom but it wasn’t worth it with our timeline and budget. After all of the numbers weighed in (carrying costs, additional rental costs, and construction costs) it would’ve only made sense to tear the house down and start over.
Two contractors that we met with suggested that we leave the bathroom as-is which seemed reasonable given that it was functional in it’s original state. Evan from ELS Home Builders, the contractor we chose to work with helped convince us that we should tackle a refresh on the space while we remodeled the rest of the house. I’m thankful that he prepared us for that because once we started the demo process it was obvious that we had to gut the entire house. The termite issue was the worst in this space with all of the lumber and headers completely serving as a termite hotel.
As you can see, the original bathroom wasn’t too bad. It had the original tile and window, a vanity and mirror that was installed in the 80s, newly installed flooring and a brand new toilet. The previous owner spruced up the house a bit (lipstick on a pig) before selling to us. He was considering renting the property first which explains the new floor and toilet. The bathroom didn’t have the “spa” feel that I was hoping for but it was better than many of the estate bathrooms that I see on the daily.
Here is the room after initial demo and taken down to the studs. You can only see some of the termite damage at this point. The room is not a huge footprint but the flow worked so we kept the original layout. To maximize the space we opted to remove the tub and replace it with a walk-in shower.
The after is very light and bright, just like the rest of the house. New everything, except the toilet was spared. I had to have somewhere to flush the budget down! Now the bathroom space feels clean and spa like. I’m glad we tackled it now instead of later!
Our cabinet maker built the vanity with custom inset medicine cabinet and three matching floating shelves. The shelves balance the large shower and add visual appeal. We had the window replaced and were able to keep the extra large original size. All of the plumbing fixtures are from Saratoga plumbing and have a polished nickel finish. The light above the vanity is the Sussex double tube sconce from Pottery Barn, also in a polished nickel finish. The cabinet hardware and countertop matches what is in our kitchen.
While it was tempting to choose a fun pattern tile or color scheme I opted to have the bathroom finishes coordinate with the kitchen finishes. This is a snapshot of the selections for both rooms all at one glance. As a rule of thumb a space will look larger and more organized if there is a uniform color palette so that is the direction I went in. We wanted the house to feel as expansive as possible.
If this house was flipped by a developer they would’ve hung a simple mirror on the wall. The inset medicine cabinet and floating shelves really help maximize the bathroom storage space.
If you look close in the mirror you will see the Grafton double towel bar from Restoration Hardware that matches our bath and kitchen pulls. Also, the Arne Jacobsen clock on the shelf makes me happy and keep me stay on time in the morning.
The construction crew originally cut a 15 inch opening for the medicine cabinet but I was able to intervene and request almost 10 more inches. The medicine cabinet is as wide as our vanity now and I think it looks fine, the bigger the better right? It actually probably makes our vanity feel larger. We need every inch possible when it comes to storage in this house and our medicine cabinet is the only place to store everyday health and beauty products for Chris and I.
We managed to downsize enough to fit in everything we can’t live without in this space and as you can see we could still pack more in! Most of my makeup is on the bottom shelf with brushes and liners in the white jars. The jars make it easy to pull out and put on my countertop while I get ready.
I guess bigger is only better in my book when it comes to medicine cabinets, the items inside don’t need to be that big. I’ve shifted many of my regular products into mini sizes so I can maximize the use of this space and actually use things up.
Our bath towels are the the Fouta bath towels in dove gray from Serena and Lily. They are like a turkish towel with linen on one side and terry on the other. The towels dry really fast and are impressively compact when folded which is helpful in this tiny space. I have simple white towels from Nate Berkus’s line at Target in my linen closet for guests if they want something a bit more plush.
Here is another look! Just the essentials!
The vanity has a larger opened storage space below where I store my hair dryer, brushes, and irons in a basket. There is also room down here for a small trash can and extra toilet paper. Below that is a drawer where we keep our electric tooth brushes, chargers, and floss. It’s not that glamorous but it’s functional!
I love this simple coiled basket from Target, it matches my color scheme perfectly!
The tile in our shower is simple white tile. I mentioned in an earlier blog post that it came in a matte finish or a shiny finish and we decided to mix the two. When it was first installed the difference was really noticeable but now with the grout and the shower door it’s harder to see the change in the finish.
The niche is carrara marble penny tile, from the same lot as our accent tile wall in the kitchen and the fireplace surround in our living room. I love penny tile!
Well, that is the tour! Simple, bright, and clean. Next up is the master bedroom so stay tuned!
Many photos in this post were taken by my friend Kate from JetKat Photo.