Our ensuite needs a renovation when we can afford it since the toilet leaks, the shower stall leaks because the builder neglected to properly seal the stall and the sink is outside the bathroom. This is something we don’t get. Why put the entire bathroom in a separate ‘room’ with four walls, window and a door EXCEPT the bathroom sink??
Now that I have the chance to re-design and dream for an achievable (small and narrow) ensuite within budget and space, allow me to meander through my thoughts.
Tile the lot
I am Malaysian now living in Australia. Growing up, very very very few bathrooms in this region did not enjoy a dry/wet area. I’m sure new houses in these areas now enjoy dry/wet areas due to globalisation!
But because of the extreme humidity, floorboards in bathrooms was basically super-luxury. Wood in bathrooms would rot in no time. It is far more practical financially and housekeeping-ly to tile most surfaces (bar ceiling).
So while the above bathroom, one of my favourites, is beautiful with deep pink painted wall above tiles and wide wooden floorboards, I’m not sure if I’d go that route. Practically speaking, it would be faster and easier to clean the bathroom like I did in Malaysia in Mum’s home: hose the entire bathroom (walls and floors) with water, soap the entire bathroom with scourer and then hose again.
Something like this bathroom with beautiful Bisazza tiles everywhere would really add luxe to a small space. But Bisazza is expensive! Yet I’m sure less kidney-costing solutions are out there, as beautiful.
The pebbled wall really adds interest and texture. So then maybe this is a way to add interest without artwork. (I mean, how practical is framed artwork in a bathroom?)
Cleaning a pebbled wall would be fun. Not.
I’ve always wanted a chair in my bathrooms but it won’t have space for that luxury.
There are a myriad of things whilst in the shower that any one of us would appreciate having a seating surface for.
Maybe a stool within the shower area?
While pedestal basins are so elegant and sleek, I do kinda like the thought of having storage to hide what doesn’t need to be on display.
So many things need to be hidden. Would be awesome to have one of those drawers equipped with an inbuilt power supply to hook up and store the shaver and hairdryer.
Hair rollers, hair spray, hair ties, floss…
I’ve always wanted unusual mirrors. Plain white frame is so boring. Plain black frame is only so minimally better.
How about this mirror? Super interesting!
One or two sinks?
Two sinks means cleaning two sinks and we’re rarely at one at the same time.
One larger sink may be better… in a small space, two sinks squished together does not give the illusion of luxury.
Floating = floor real estate
A floating sink/storage means there’s more floor space (illusions are important in small spaces!)
Easy to clean too!
Free standing furniture
I love the idea of an armoire or built in for towels, pretty supplies and cotton balls in a pretty glass jar.
A vintage dental cabinet or glassed dresser keeps the dust away!
Bath, no bath
We’re not bath people (very conscious of water usage)…
Showers are good!
… and prefer a quick in and out of a shower
I only want a glass/plexiglas wall dividing the shower “stall” from the rest of the ensuite. This takes up way less space than an actual stall and door and keeps things rather simple.
Adding colour to that glass gives it feel of luxury..
Bathroom and bedroom in one space
While these two bathrooms are beautiful, I am not a fan of ensuite or bath areas in the master bedroom separated merely by what is essentially a divider.
Obvious issues are privacy, modesty and I don’t see how you can avoid the steam that rises from the bath; which will inevitably moisten the bed linen, curtains and rugs… and that’s never good. Gives rise to mold. And damp.
Unless this house is a house of just adults who know well never to enter another adult’s personal domain, children are prone to just running into their parents’ bedrooms.
Moreover, what adult likes to be privy to their partner’s toilet time??
So… time to plan!