Monday, September 15, 2014

Master Bath Decisions

Hi all!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Things have been quiet on the blog but that is because I am super busy with work!

Furniture projects consist of a huge, multi piece entertainment center (delivered yesterday) and a farmhouse table.  This weekend, two dressers and a bed were dropped off to get their update before they go in a sweet nursery.

My other project is planning for the master bathroom.  I am really tired of looking at this....







Searching for products and prices is time consuming.  Also, as much as I love shopping on the internet in my pj's, I had to get out and go see things in person.  I went to several big box stores and small shops to look at tile, faucets and glass doors.

Before I could make solid decisions on products, I wanted to get a realistic idea of costs and get a budget set (I will post about planning and setting the budget tomorrow).  Talking to people in our area was helpful.  I definitely have a better idea of prices for retailers near my home.  I also know that my original budget (I kind of just picked a number I thought would be enough) was not realistic for all the things we want to do.

Last week, I posted some inspiration pictures and showed y'all our bathroom as it is now.  I have made many decisions over the last few days and have a better idea of what I am going to do.

So, which decisions were made?  Several major ones.

First, thing.  No tub.  After shopping around to see tubs in person and researching prices and options, I don't want it.  Yes, we can say there is a whirlpool tub in the house but it was going to make the shower feel small and cramped (opposite of what I want).  A 32-34" wide tub does not have that much "floor" space.  They have angled backs and some of the width is taken up by plumbing for the jets.  You end up having this tiny space to stand for a shower.  So, the tub is out.  Also, we will have a glass shower door.

The walk in shower will have 2" hexagon calacatta oro floor and accents and large white subway tile walls.

This is not the tile pattern I want but you can get an idea of the white subway with the marble.




Second thing.  No built in bench.  Benches in a walk in shower are great but I hate the ones that are built in.  Sitting on cold, hard stone with a bare bum is not appealing to me.  Just saying.  They are slick and uncomfortable.  Not that I spend a lot of time sitting on shower benches but I have experienced them enough to know I don't like them.  I did a little research on garden web and many people said the same thing.  So we will have a teak bench.  It can be moved to any spot in the shower or taken out all together.






Third thing.  I had this great plan for a walk in shower that has two sets of working shower heads.  Something like this.  (Actually I want this exact shower.  I LOVE the mix of tile colors and materials.  Its perfect...just a little too expensive)




Changing plumbing is expensive and I am not sure how much we can do.  I at least want to have several shower heads to choose from but they will be on the same wall. They can't be used at the same time but you can switch between the different types.  Not every one likes rain shower so the regular shower head is still an option.  I like the idea of a hand held shower head for washing the dogs, cleaning the shower, or if someone with kids purchases the home, hand helds are nice to bath kids in the shower.

These are my favorites but it really depends on how much plumbing will have to be changed and how much it costs.  I am hoping to get with a plumber soon about this.






Fourth thing.  I will use the existing vanity.  This is a huge cost saver.  There will be some modifications and it will stay L-shaped but there will be a laundry storage added and the sink(s) will move to the same wall.  Now there will be plenty of counter space along the other wall.  I really want one sink with two faucets because of the size of the space but the sink I want is expensive and I am not sure if I want to splurge on it.  Two small sinks will fit but it will be a tight squeeze.  I like the idea of a solid sink.  Easy to clean and no weird gaps between the sinks.

The countertops will be callacatta oro and there will be a white subway tile backsplash.


White and marble mix.  I will not have a white vanity.





This is the sink I really want. It will be set on the countertop like a vessel sink instead of wall installation.  We have a weird size space for the sinks to be on the same wall so this 40" sink with two faucets is great solution.




Fifth thing.  The same luxury vinyl planks we used in the rest of the house will be used in the bathrooms.  I love our flooring and I love the look of wood in the bathroom.  It warms the space and keeps things from looking hard with too much tile.  The other deciding factors are it is cheaper than tile and faster to install.

My samples next to the flooring.




There are many more details that have been worked out but this post is long enough already.  Of course, things might change but as of right now, this is the plan.

Remember to check back tomorrow for some planning and budget tips.


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our Master Bath ~ Before

So today is the day I finally show you what my master bath looks like.  It is a good size but the layout is not the best.  I feel there are too many doors in such a small space and the closets are pretty small.  As I said in yesterday's post, see it here, we are going to leave the footprint the same.  Nothing is going to move but everything will be replaced, painted and updated.

Here is a floor plan I drew yesterday so you can get an idea of where every thing is located.




And now for the big reveal!


The view from our bedroom.



 Yes, that is blue carpet you see in my bathroom.




The tub & shower unit is a puddy color and it always looks dirty.  It doesn't matter how much I scrub.  




I hate the awkward L-shaped vanity.  We don't even use the sink shoved in the corner.  The blow dryer usually lives in that sink.  :)  Don't you love the seashells with the built in soap shelf?!








Blittle uses the towel ring to hang his belts.  





I do like that the toilet is separate.




This window is the only source of natural light in the space.  We usually keep this door shut so it is not very helpful.


This room needs help.  BAD.  I can't wait to get rid of that yuck carpet, get more storage (there isn't a good place to put towels and the doors are so small on the vanity that most items won't fit through) and I really need a designated space for laundry.  Right now the laundry basket is on the floor of my overflowing closet.  Even when my closet is clean there is a laundry basket taking up tons of room and it feels more claustrophobic than it already is.





I want to build custom shelving for shoes and other storage all the way to the ceiling and change the hanging rods so we can fit more hanging clothes.

There is tons to do.   I am hoping to get some tile samples early next week so I can start making decisions on colors and textiles.  Also, I want to see how much this is going to cost.  We have a guest bath that also needs updating and I would like to do that project right after the master but to do that I have to keep costs under control.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Master Bathroom Inspiration


Hi y'all!  I hope everyone had an great labor day.  The storm in the gulf kept it super rainy and gloomy around here.  Saturday and Sunday I allowed myself to be extremely lazy and it felt amazing.  Monday, the sun was out so we work around the house and spent a lot of time outside.

With being lazy this weekend and spending so much time inside, I finally started planning for our master bathroom makeover.  This space is a challenge for me and I can't seem to get inspired.  I hate the L-shaped vanity.  The closets are small.  There is not enough room to have a large soaking tub or whirlpool AND a shower.  It must be a combo which for a tall girl like me, I might as well not have a standard tub because I don't really fit.

After tons, of discussion we have decided to leave the footprint as is and just give everything a facelift.  The L-shaped vanity is a pretty easy fix.  The closets need custom built-ins and organizers but after that will be more functional than they are now.  The tub/shower combo is still a problem.

I can't make up my mind.  The plan has been to get rid of the tub and do a large, walk-in, multi-shower head, steam shower.  Problem with that is there will no longer be a bathtub in the house.  Our guest bath does not have one and we have decided to leave that footprint the same as well, so we won't be adding one.  Not having a tub doesn't bother us.  We had a huge, whirlpool tub in New Orleans and barely used it but for resale and to appeal to buyers, I don't know if getting rid of the tub is the best decision.  Our realtor says the big shower is going to appeal some buyers and a tub is going to appeal to others and to just do what we want.

Well I still haven't decided so I am pricing and planning for both.  We are about 5 months away from when we want to start working on it so planning and saving starts now.  Here are some inspirational pictures I found.  Most of these represent ideas and concepts I like.  Color and materials are yet to be determined.

Credit Designs in Glass


Credit Pinterest

Credit A La Mode

Credit The Sunny Side Up Blog
Credit This Old House


Credit Pinterest
Credit Decor Pad

Credit Better Homes and Gardens




I have started pricing tiles and trying to decide on a color scheme.  I want the bathrooms to tie in with the rest of the house and be a good mix of coastal, vintage and neutral.  Before, I was sure I wanted to extend the luxury vinyl wood planks into the bathrooms but now, I don't know.  I am going to price for tile flooring and vinyl that looks like tile.  Wood in the bathroom gives a spa feel which I love but I am going to consider tile as well.  The other thing I go back and forth about is, glass door or shower curtain.  I HATE shower curtains but glass doors are expensive and hard to keep clean.  Then do I do a half enclosure or full.  Many of the ideas for the master bath will be used in our guest bath as well.

So many things to decide and to consider.  I am going to draw up my plan today and tomorrow and will share later this week.

Tomorrow I am going to show you my master bathroom as it is now.  I have never posted pictures of it but y'all know from comments that it has carpet and seashell sinks.  It's bad.  Real bad.  Get ready for a time warp back to 1985.


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