One of the changes that we are really looking forward to is having a new bathroom for our guests. Currently, we use the hall bathroom ourselves because the only other shower in the house is a weird, dark cubby that makes you feel like you are taking a shower in a cave. The problem with the current hall bath is that it has seen better days. The floor is cracking, the toilet seal has split, and the shower is a constant battle against mildew. Not a pretty sight. Because that is the case, we’ll spare you a close-up.
The new bathroom will actually be a totally clean slate because the location is going to shift toward the back of the house to make room for the stairs. The good news about this shift is that it will also leave room for some storage in the bathroom. Currently, there is absolutely none. As a result, the top of the toilet tank acts as a medicine cabinet and toilet paper storage. Not the nicest way to greet your guests. Below you can see how the layout of the main floor will change and how those changes will affect the bathroom. Not only will we end up with a large closet in the hall, there will be a significant storage area in the bathroom as well.
In an attempt to get hold of the budget, we have chosen most of the finishes already. Here are a few details for the things we have chosen so far.
Initially, we were really interested in a console sink similar to the one shown here because it felt as if the house could have had a sink just like it when it was originally built.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find one for less than $700 dollars, and it just didn’t seem like it was worth the expense.
In the end, we decided on a wall-mounted sink, which will be about half the price but will still maintain the feel we want to go for. Here’s the one we have chosen.
We were also considering black for the fixtures, but again we had to remind ourselves this is the guest bathroom and maybe not the best place to blow the budget. We might still go for black in the kitchen since it will be used a lot more, so it seems like a more reasonable place to spend. Brushed nickel seemed like a good alternate choice. The faucet we chose has a nice classic feel without being over-the-top retro.
We found both the sink and the faucet at signaturehardware.com. They have have a nice selection of vintage looking fixtures.
We would like to be able to reuse the current tub, but it just isn’t an option. It is damaged, small and exceedingly uncomfortable to take a bath in. (You pretty much have to sit straight up.) Since this will be the only tub in the house, we want to be able to enjoy a leisurely bath if the mood strikes. This tub by Kohler has good reviews and a streamlined look that should fit well with everything else we have chosen. For the tub and shower fixtures, we chose this set that should coordinate with sink.
Here’s where sticking to the character of the house goes out the window in favor of modern convenience. (One thing I hate more than just about anything is getting down on my hands and knees to clean behind and around the toilet.) Yuck! In the guest suite bathroom we added in the garage, we wall mounted the sink and the toilet. You can see the finished result to the right. This allows us to easily run the mop around the floor. It is a revelation!! We are going to go for the same toilets in both bathrooms in the house. It’s more expensive, but for us, totally worth it!
For the walls, we will likely end up with the ubiquitous white subway tile. Yes, it is used all the time, but there’s a reason for that, right? It’s classic and won’t look dated in a couple of years. Another reason to keep the wall tile simple is that we would like to go with a small hex tile on the floor in an interesting pattern. We know that it can be a real pain to install, but we think (hope!) the final effect will be worth it. We haven’t decided on the exact pattern yet, but this post from honey & fitz has some great inspiration images.
The Finishing Touches:
We’re probably going to reuse the light fixture. (You can see it in the picture above.) When we moved in, we weren’t fans. But it has grown on us, and reusing will allow us to use that money somewhere else. Like maybe, on a very cool medicine cabinet. We love the look of this one but aren’t willing to spend almost $600 on it. Hopefully, we will be able to find something similar reclaimed or even build one ourselves.