Designers out there know it's true - YOU are always your toughest client to please! These plans for our own primary bathroom have been completed for over a year. We put it on hold after Snovid 2021 when our pipes burst and we had to repair all the damage. I still find myself going back into the files to do a slight tweak here and there.
Just in case any of you are considering a big bathroom remodel, I'm taking you into my brain, and into my rendering archives to show you what we've been deliciously cooking up over here.
As you can see from my latest mood board above, smart storage is a big want/need for all the gadgets and lotions and potions we all use in the bathroom. I also feel drawn to warm wood elements and clean bright white tones overall. Below you'll see the evolution of where I started to where my plans stand as of right now...
One of those drawers will be big and deep enough to hold the hairdryer, and the other tools that need a place to live away from the top of my vanity! I also plan to have electricity accessible in that drawer so they truly do live in there and only come out enough to be used in place.
Also a must? The biggest magnifying mirror I can find because I am definitely going blind the older I get.
I wasn't a fan of LED technology back when those fully framed LED mirrors were becoming popular, but the tech has definitely improved since then. A natural light LED framed mirror would be a wonderful addition since we only have one window right behind my vanity.
I also plan to separate products by use within the drawers (one for skincare, one for makeup, one for hair products, etc.) and design tip alert...you better believe I'm measuring every bottle and jar of what I really use to see what can stand up within the drawers!
Since our kids are close to flying the nest, I decided NOT to change the layout, and plan to stay with plumbing locations to save money in the budget. The one thing I'm still debating about is adding a second shower head or wand - forward thinking for future buyers having to wash down a dog, kid, or the shower itself. I have no doubt this investment will only help resale value with that addition - updated kitchens and bathroom fixtures can really help with house appeal in a hot market.
Do these renderings above and below remind anyone of the old games in Highlights magazine, where you had to find the difference between two pictures?
To tile or not to tile, that is the question. Also deck mounted versus wall mounted faucets. There are so many decisions to make during a renovation aren't there? I'm glad I have a fantastic designer on and by my side ;)
Here's an idea of full wood cabinetry to hide away all the clutter...
It might not shock you to know that the design has changed slightly...and I still reserve the right to change ;) As long as I've done final selections before the contractor shows up to do an accurate bid, there's still time.
Timeless design is always the goal with me. I'll admit I did briefly dream of blowing it out and going green with the shower and doing open shelving along the main storage area instead....
But in the end, I took the advice I give my clients, because we plan to move within the next five years. While we will get to enjoy our new bathroom, I'm also thinking about resale and that means working with the traditional house I have.
I nixed the idea of open shelving as well...even though I have OCD and tend to keep things neat and organized...not everyone in my family is, ahem, the same way. Hence, I'd rather keep the chaos contained...everything behind a closed door or drawer to hide the clutter.
Here are the final renderings as of today...
Classic, timeless finishes with honed marble flooring, a mix of stained wood and painted cabinets with pops of gold/brass. Sign me up. No side splash for me and the backsplash itself on both sinks will be a bit higher than in the rendering.
Here's an idea with a split cabinetry unit in the same white as the rest of the walls although this is where one change might occur...I'm torn between paint versus stain on this set of lowers (but honestly I'm leaning stain)...thoughts, votes, opinions? Leave a note below.
Now that the bones of the bathroom feel in place, I added layers. I love the addition of curtains, artwork, and lighting - it starts to feel much more alive!
As always, there may be some tweaks to make especially since hard material and finish selections were made more than a year ago but I know we're on the right path (I have that giddy feeling). We are scheduling our trade day with contractors to get new bids. If you're in the same boat, read through our in-depth look at the contractor hiring process here. Once we have ours locked and loaded, I'll share an update on final selections and maybe some links ;)
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not sure how much it even costs to remodel your kitchen or bathroom and have no idea where to start
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Now, tell me - which iteration is your favorite?