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Designing the Bathroom

July 15, 2015


Let’s take a visit back to the bathroom, the space which was lagging way behind the others in the overall renovation process. Following our purchase of the Mediterranean tiles, we now had an incentive to focus our attention back towards the room, and what we needed to get down to first and foremost was its configuration.


The previous layout looked something like this:



What immediately struck us most about this configuration was how much space the bathtub took up. But actually before I continue on this point let me just add a little side note here to say how happy I am to actually have a bathtub in the first place. From what my experience tells me, bathtubs are not as common as you might think in France, particularly in the big cities where showers obviously take us less space in smaller sized bathrooms. So I just wanted to highlight my gratitude while we’re on the topic! That being said, with the previous layout it did take up a lot of space.


Our first decision was to shift the bathtub to the back of the room, where it would take up the entire length of the top wall rather than the side wall. By placing the largest object at the top end, it freed up more space in the rest of the room giving for more circulation. The width of this top wall measures 147cm so while just too small to install a standard sized tub, a slightly smaller version would work. Along the other wall where the bathtub used to be, we would now have enough room to install the toilet, sink and washing machine (since there wasn’t enough space for this in the kitchen). What’s more, we could use the existing pipes from the old toilet to accommodate for the drain hose from the washing machine….exciting stuff I know!


So the future layout would look something like this (imagining it of course with the Mediterranean tiles and imitation hardwood floor tiles in the mix):


Now I’m not too sure what most people are like, but we certainly weren’t too fussy when it came to shopping for the right style of bathtub and toilet. The only criteria on our list was that they must be a simple, white, traditional style within a reasonable price bracket (I’m guessing that more people are the same…or am I wrong?) We ended up going with the French brand Jacob Delafon, who offered just that. The only element I had a particular preference for was the sink, opting for a free standing one rather than a built in unit. I feel freestanding sinks have more of a traditional, vintage vibe which, as I’m sure you all know by now is what I was after.


We got a friend of ours to help us with the plumbing side of things who did a great job installing everything within a couple of days (plumbing and electricity were the only two trades we ended up hiring people for throughout the entire process).


Looking back at the pictures, it’s hard to remember the bathroom in its original form since it only stayed that way for a couple of weeks before the destruction phase kicked in. We were able to get rid of the original bathtub, sink and tiles relatively early on, these being commodities we were no longer needing during the renovation works. We did need to keep the toilet however (for obvious reasons…) so for a long time this room was totally empty apart from the little green bowl! While the bathroom was quite a radical transformation, it didn’t feel that way since the entire process for this small room happened gradually over a 12 month period.









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