Bathroom Loft Look

Changing the bathroom was our priority – it was hideous and hadn’t been touched for about 50 years. ‘There was an awful electric shower that made such a noise it used to frighten Freddie, who was a baby at the time. The space was cut in two with a bath and sink in one room and a loo in the other, and it was so cramped I couldn’t even kneel down on the floor for Freddie’s bath time.
bathStarting point The room was really dingy, with stained walls and dated tiles. We wanted to create a single space, so a fair amount of structural work was required. Our builders took down the partition, blocked up one of the original doorways and windows, then removed the water tank in the corner. Taking it out meant we were able to square up the room and make space for the walk-in shower that I really wanted. Fortunately, we were able to keep the existing pipework the loo, sink and bath are in pretty much the same place as before, which helped to keep costs down. We wanted to create a relaxing space with a modern-vintage look. I was determined to include a roll-top bath and liked the idea of an old-fashioned radiator and big Edwardian sink, but wanted to pair these with some contemporary touches. I saw some great pictures of New York loft apartments on Pinterest with walk-in showers and subway tiles, and we spent ages deciding on the colour of the grout. I’m really pleased we went for the dark grey it makes more of a statement. Hunting for bargains The biggest challenge was sourcing fixtures and fittings especially as I was pregnant with Sasha and had a toddler in tow! There was only a limited amount I could do in the day, so Adam and I spent many evenings
trying to decide on the fixtures, and choosing tiles and paint colours. Checking prices online and scouring discount stores definitely saved us a huge amount of money, and was much cheaper than handing over the whole project to a bathroom design firm. I originally started looking at roll-top baths on the high street but they were completely out of my price range. In the end, I tracked down a bathroom retailer online who sells virtually identical versions at half the amount. Design inspiration I love the understated grey walls and wanted to introduce shots of colour with the framed butterfly pictures and bright yellow accessories it’s a classic combination that works really well. I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to design I’ll often pinch ideas. I first saw the pretty star-print window film on my friend’s kitchen door, and loved it. It can be fiddly to apply, but luckily my mum was on hand to help me it was certainly worth the effort. The new bathroom has transformed bath time for the children there’s space for me to wash them and I can get them out and into their pyjamas without having to leave the room. They’re also at an age where they’re really starting to enjoy using the walk-in shower, which is definitely my favourite feature here, too every time I step into it, it makes me smile.’
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