I made a big decision last week. I’m gutting the bathroom. There were several electrical and plumbing issues, plus the layout was really bad, so we decided to fix it up nice before I move in. (With only 1 bathroom in the house, renovating it once I lived there would be a real pain.) Today I’m going over the new layout and some inspiration. I’ll share my product ideas in another post.
Here is my current bathroom. The tub/shower is length-wise in the room and across from it is the vanity and toilet. A 69″ wide room is really too narrow for this set-up.
In the new layout I will be turning the tub horizontal and positioning it on the back wall. Now the window will be in the tub. The toilet will be closest to the door and the sink will be in the middle. Since I have to build-out the right wall the house the plumbing fixtures, I am going to extend that wall the create a mini-linen closet for myself.
It’s going to be so much more open and functional!
I plan to do a sink console instead of your typical vanity cabinet. I only have 24” and I feel I will get more functional storage out of a drawer and a basket in the open section. Plus since it’s a small space, I really want it to feel uncrowded as possible.
This is the same layout as mine. I also plan to do a shower curtain, though I think I’ll tuck it to the left instead of the right.
I love metal vanity console like this bathroom, but sadly I don’t think it’s in the budget.
(Note- I flipped the image to look more similar to my layout)
My tub will be under the window and I’m actually pretty excited about this! I love the look plus having some daylight in the shower will be nice. This faces my backyard, which is pretty private, but I will need to address privacy on the lower portion of the window. Possibly a window film? I would love water resistant shutters. I need to dig into it more.
This is the number 1 inspiration for me. I love the subway tile, colorful rug and tile front to the tub. I’m still debating whether I’ll tile the front of the tub or not. It looks great here with the dark floor for contrast, but I’m planning on a white floor.
I love this bath too. Note they have white subway tile on the tub front and a white floor. This works for me, though I’d prefer a more colorful rug. Ultimately it will depend on how many design elements I have going on in the room. If the room is getting busy, I will skip the tile front tub because that’s another graphic element.
I still haven’t worked out the details of the linen closet. I know that I do not want the door to go to the floor. I’m hoping to make it look like a framed piece of art, or something else interesting. Again, I don’t want a big door to overwhelm a small room.
I’ve always loved how Brooke Giannetti used a framed art sketch as the door to her medicine cabinet. Obviously my linen cabinet is bigger than this, but I want to do a similar concept. Like I said, I’m still flushing this idea out.
And that is my cottage bath plan plus inspiration. Stay tuned for products, colors and styling ideas.