Where We Started
At the end of summer last year, we made a pretty crazy decision to move from our lovely, spacious 4 bedroom home and purchase the much smaller project house next-door-but-one to us as an investment property. We made a plan to renovate and live in the house for a year but in that time transform it into a beautiful family home for our eventual buyer.
Space in the bathroom was certainly limited! We knew we would have to be very creative with the way we used the space and arranged the bathroom furniture, to not only ensure it appealed to the next buyer but also worked as a family bathroom for us.
Making the Space Work
Easy Bathrooms came to our rescue with space saving and stylish options, which we struggled to find elsewhere. Having a separate free standing bath and shower cubical was a must in this house. We have found from previous experience, when selling homes, this is often on ‘wish lists’ for families. When installing showers over baths, we also found that we needed to experiment with different sealants to avoid leaks and even then we still found water coming through the living room ceiling once or twice. So that wasn’t a road we wanted to go down again!
When we discovered the Noah White Compact free standing bath from Easy Bathrooms, it seemed like the perfect solution to free up space but didn’t compromise on style and luxury. Changing the old layout of the room, the bath now stands proudly as you enter and although compact, it is luxuriously deep. Perfect for kicking back and relaxing at the end of the day.
We were also able to save on space by selecting The Alfrick Closed Couple Toilet, which was just one of the compact toilet options on offer in their massive range. Easy Bathrooms are a nationwide company with showrooms located around the country, so you can view the massive range of bathroom furniture and tiles under one roof.
The all important shower cubical is located in the corner of the room. A further space saving idea, to improve the overall feeling of space in the room was to install shower doors that fold into one another. This way the doors to the shower don’t obstruct the view of the room or encroach on the space, so it feels open and bright. The door to the room originally opened inwards. We toyed with changing the hinges so it opened onto the landing, until we found this solid wood sliding door option. Yet another space saver but a stylish one at that!
My one splurge in the space was these beautiful statement tiles sourced from Ca ‘Pietra tiles in Pistachio for the shower cubical. The stunning colour and lily pad design really light up the room and the Antique Brass Shower and trim pop against the star pattern. I shopped around for the brass fixtures and fittings, meaning I was able to keep costs down to a minimum. The traditional and stylish shower from House of Enki was a great find and a great price too, probably one of my favourite elements in the room. Another tip when trying to make the most of small spaces, is to consider the shape of the tiles you are using. Using a larger and longer length metro tile around the room and laying them horizontally as we did, created a more spacious and open feel overall.
I have yearned for a vanity unit for a long time but never dreamt that we would be able to fit one into this space. Easy Bathrooms have an impressive selection of vanity units from contemporary trends to classic, timeless options in a range of sizes too. The design of the Arundel Floor Standing Vanity Unity is a traditional option with a modern twist and has ample space to store away and organise bathrooms essentials out of sight. The vanity unit in midnight grey has a double door cupboard, with soft close doors and a generous integrated ceramic basin.
To frame the space around the vanity unit, we installed this stunning large, round, minimalist mirror with slim grey surround from Roper and Rhodes. However, this is not just any mirror! Adjustable LED brightness options, anti steam technology and heat demister pads to stop steam interfering with your daily routine are just some of its features.
Rather than use more valuable floor space that we just didn’t have, we installed three SVENSHULT gold wire shelves from IKEA to store our towels. The shelves can be arranged in many different ways but stacking them one on top of the other meant that they worked as the perfect storage solution.
So, if you’re planning a bathroom makeover but space just isn’t on your side, I hope that some of the lessons we learnt and the tips we’ve shared here can help you plan and get the most from the space.
The Finer Details
We all know how the smaller styling details and decisions can have such a positive impact on an overall space. With this in mind, we have created a handy shopping list with details of all the accessories and items featured in the images above.
Noah White Compact Bath – Easy Bathrooms
Compact Toilet- Easy Bathrooms
Vanity Unit in Midnight Grey – Easy Bathrooms
Prints – Desenio
Gold Wire Shelves – IKEA
Bath Mat – Matalan Home
Hand Towel – Matalan Home
Soap Dispenser and Storage – MADE
Toilet Brush – MADE
Brass Shower – House of Enki
Plants – The Watered Garden
Wall Planters -Etsy
Metro Tiles – EMC Tiles
Lily Pad Tiles in Pistachio – Ca Pietra
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Hope you’ve enjoyed the read and it’s provided some inspiration for your bathroom project