First the progress:
We cleared out the old toilet and replaced it with an intelligent toilet. A self-opening, self-flushing, heated seat, cleansing toilet that basically does everything for you! A techy toilet that also leaves you with a cleaner feeling just seems more natural and makes more sense to me. It also goes beautifully with the bath we picked out. The thing I love most about Kohler’s Veil toilet and the Underscore bath) is that they both have such high tech features yet they don’t compromise at all on the design. The toilet actually becomes a design feature in the space.
Now if you remember from the rendering… I wanted the look of a solid concrete tub but with all the bells and whistles of a fancy spa-like tub so we dropped in a Kohler’s hydrotherapy bath in thunder gray and built a wood frame around it. Having a mason come in and pour concrete over the wood form gave us the look we were hoping for. We also had to move the roman tub handles to the shower side of the tub so that we could have an access panel to it from the other side of the wall. I also had them tint the concrete so that it would match the thunder gray tub, giving it the illusion that it is all one piece.Next, we cleared out the old oversized vanity and the huge mirror (which surprisingly came out in one piece!) and began tiling the vanity wall. The white Fireclay tile is already brightening up the space and making me breathe a bit easier in the space. Mirror still to come!
I designed a custom vanity to be 18” deep which is a bit skinnier than standard but since the room is long and narrow every inch counts and it gave the walk through area some more room, making the space feel more open. And now for the tips…1. Upgrade your bathroom experience by getting an intelligent toilet. It makes such a big difference! Learn all about them here.
I got the Ferrari of toilets (the Veil Intelligent. You may remember me gushing about it here) but Kohler offers a range of intelligent toilets and cleansing seats which can easily be incorporated into any bathroom without sacrificing the design.
2. Make sure your contractor knows at the beginning of the project to run electrical for an intelligent toilet and Bluetooth-enabled tub and specify where you want the controls installed. If I’ve learned anything from working with contractors it is not to leave any design choices up to them. You never know where they will put it unless you tell them.
3. Light a vanity right. Flank a mirror with sconces or pendants with the light at eye level. (around 66 inches from the ground).
4. Always include some closed storage. A linen closet is ideal but under vanity drawers and cabinets work great too.
5. Make room on the vanity for some open counterspace or install a wall shelf below the mirror for setting makeup and products on while using them.
6. Measure the square footage for tile and order a 10% overage to account for waste and attic storage.
7. Opt for a smaller, more decorative mirror to make the space feel more personalized.
8. Locate all water shutoff valves. We had that minor flood, thankfully only into the tub, while demoing the concrete surround and it is always good to know where to go to shut the water off in cases like that.
DON’T 1. Don’t forget to leave an access panel to the bathtub plumbing. Our previous owners not only didn’t have an access panel but they completely encased the plumbing in solid concrete. Not a good idea.
2. Don’t put carpet in the bathroom. Just No.
3. Don’t choose dark colored tiles in a dark room with no natural light. Unless you are going for a bat cave like experience.
4. Don’t use fluorescent, drop-down overhead lighting, especially not as your only light source. See DO Tip #2.
5. Don’t wallpaper inside a shower. Humidity will work its way behind that paper in no time.
6. Don’t forget the fan, venting properly will ensure the humidity doesn’t get trapped everywhere else too.
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For all the progress and plans for our A-frame renovation check here.