What do you do when you have two bathrooms right next to each other? Knock down a wall and transform them into one luxurious space.
When we moved in to our Edwardian house there were two bathrooms next to each other. One had a corner bath, toilet and sink and the other a shower, toilet and sink. Both had lowered ceilings, stained carpets and really the most hideous windows I think I have ever seen.
When we viewed the home even before buying it, I knew that we could create an amazing bathroom by knocking the two rooms into one and creating a great space.
This is the shower-toilet-sink bathroom, and the top photo is the bath-toilet-sink bathroom, and they are both indeed carpeted.
This mid-demo photo is very helpful for figuring out how the two bathrooms aligned: there was one toilet to the left of the toilet paper roll holder, and another under the single window. Here's what it took to get these two spaces together:
The first task was to pull the wall down between the two bathrooms. Once we created the new space, we had new windows fitted in. We went for a sash window style which changed the look of the room so much. We needed to re-plumb, re-wire, and re-plaster the whole space.
Stunning! This bathroom belongs to Claire Wainright of The Green Eyed Girl, who did an amazing job reimagining this space. Between the new pale walls, the high ceiling, the chandelier, the glass shower surround, and the new window, this bathroom is now delightfully airy with a floating feeling. The beautiful floor, on the other hand, keeps things grounded while still being absolutely elegant.
Shifting to the right we see this fabulous tub that's straight out of a dream. All this plant life adds vitality to the serene space, with that hanging ivy emphasizing the verticality of the room. Claire describes the goals for this project:
I wanted to create a hotel-luxe bathroom and so went for fittings with that style—but that were in budget. The freestanding bath was a must-have for me and I struggled to decide whether to go for a roll top or a more modern pebble style bath. The period style won out and we went for slightly more modern taps to keep it contemporary.
This ornate mirror from Maisons Du Monde is a nice counterpoint to the more minimal aspects of this bathroom, and the teeny square tile backsplash is a fun surprise. The hot and cold handles are also subtly playful, and that two-headed shower looks irresistible.
We wanted a huge hotel bathroom style walk in shower and bought the tray from the discount corner in Porcelanosa. The glass screen in the shower caused a lot of head scratching as it was too big to come up the stairs which have a turn in them. Eventually we managed to get it up by taking out the banisters!
All that appears to be worth it now, though:
I love how luxurious it is and the reaction we get when visitors see it! If I was to do it over again I would make sure to add even more storage, and go for wall-mounted taps.
We chose a wood effect porcelain tile for the floor which we have underfloor heating underneath which is lovely in the winter. Finally, I added storage with a cupboard to hide away towels and toiletries and a glass chandelier light fitting for extra wow factor.
The faux wood floor tiles are Louisa Charlotte Tiles from Walls and Floors. The floating cupboard is really cool and unique, though I can see why Claire might need more storage.
If you live in a country where you get cold winters then definitely install underfloor heating, it is such a lovely feeling to get out of the bath or shower on to a warm floor!
Also, consider the size of your fittings. Not only do they have to fit in the room itself, but they need to be able to get in to the room!
Thank you, Claire Wainright and The Green Eyed Girl!