I’m so excited to be showing you our new bathroom but before I do let me roll back & tell you about the major renovations & changes we’ve made to our little old house.
We’ve got two boys, Brandon who’s 18 & Archie who’s 6. So with us having a two bedroom house we never wanted to put Archie in with Brandon. Not only because of the age gap but because Archie also has autism.
We just didn’t feel it was right to put that on Brandon, he needed his own privacy & to be honest, a space for himself away from the chaos.
Archie stayed in our room for his own safety & because he just doesn’t sleep. He can literally pull all nighters & be awake for two days straight.
The years just ended up rolling by. We did think about moving but given that Brandon could be moving out over the next few years, we just couldn’t justify moving to a bigger house with a bigger mortgage over a longer term. We only have a few years left on the mortgage, so we’ll be mortgage free by the time we are 45.
Given that we don’t know what the future will hold for Archie or for myself with my disability we want to have to extra relief of knowing that we won’t have to make another mortgage payment & we have something to leave the boys which could pay for Archie’s care or for them to live.
Anyway, you can catch up on the full story over on my ‘Converting our house from a two bedroom to a three bedroom home’ which is coming soon, so you can see all the before pictures & video.
So onto the new bathroom!
The bathroom has completely moved positions. The builders have taken some space from over the stairs, which used to be the old bathroom cupboard, and taken the space from our room where Archie’s bed & drawers used to be.
Because there’s no window in the bathroom I wanted it to be as light & airy as possible. It had to be white walls & white tiles all the way. But I totally I didn’t want it to look ultra modern or clinical. I really wanted that cosy, homely look.
After spending plenty of time on Pinterest, who doesn’t when it comes to planning their house lol, I found some images of the style I loved & thankfully the hubby loved that style too. We’re really lucky in that we have the same taste for a lot of things, or are able to compromise as our tastes are so similar.
To break the white up a little we went for grey grout on the tiles, it just adds a bit of something different. We were considering grey bathroom furniture too but I wanted to bring some warmth to the bathroom as they can feel pretty cold. Instead we added lots of wood in the bathroom cabinet, over bath caddy & duck board.
To dress the room a little, I guess you would say, we bought so many plants from IKEA. Both fake & real. I loved the look of all the draping plants I’d seen on Pinterest & really wanted to include that in our new room.
Storage was an issue as we’d lost our original bathroom cupboard but thankfully as our ceilings are so high with our house being an old Victorian red brick terrace. This meant we had plenty of room above the toilet for an extra cupboard without banging your head when you stand up!
We have the storage under the sink for toiletries & cleaning products etc plus a gorgeous little basket next to the toilet for toilet rolls. The only thing left to choose is a waste bin. Brabantia has some amazing options to choose from, we just have to decide where to put it as we’re getting limited on space. Thankfully they have bins in all shapes & sizes so there will definitely be something to fit.
I’m still tempted to add some wallpaper on the one wall on the left as this is simply a plain white wall & there’s no room for artwork due to the door opening to the left so we’ll see if I end up adding more photos to this blog post!
I hope you love our new bathroom, I absolutely adore it. It is so much better than our old one, both in terms of size, layout & definitely the design. I’m just so happy with it. I can’t wait to share the photos of the rest of the house.