Bathroom Beauty

Here is the tiled bathroom! Wow – one thing complete and it is a beauty.  I can’t believe how well it has turned out. This is even without any glass, any finishing, any plumbing, any lighting. Can you imagine how wonderful it’s going to look once it is all in?

We did have a small snag with the tiles though…. Continue reading

Shower addition

We are getting over closer to having our downstairs bathroom finished. The framing and plumbing is complete. The drywall is done, now for the sealing and painting, the concrete base, the fixture placement, you know little stuff.

But in the meantime, here are the updated shower pictures.

The tiling is going to be next up. Here is a copy of the updated tiling grid that we were planning on putting on the floor.



The bathroom floor tiles finally arrived this week from Italy but when the guys unpacked it, they noticed that the tiles were all off size by varying of portions of cm.

Handcut tiles

Hand cut tiles

This is really screwing with our grid formula for the floor. Now we have to either have variation in the grout lines or stagger the tiles instead of making a grid. Something like this:

Staggered tiles

Staggered tiles

It’s still very pretty, just not as geometric. Hmm decisions.

I think we will end up with the staggering, but I’m still brainstorming with the team. Any suggestions out there?

The Powder Room gets a shower

This was one of my must haves. With three girls in the house, we need two full bathrooms. We also want a place that multiple people can shower at the same time when we have visitors. We had a few ideas of how to add a second shower in this condo when we first bought the place (see this post for details). Now that we actually own it and have access every day – what a cool feeling by the way – we have been able to sit in the space and really brainstorm with our team about how to accomplish this.

There were so many things to consider and we didn’t make this decision lightly. Our first choice was to have two showers upstairs. This would be best for the girls as they become teenagers and for guests staying overnight but we just couldn’t find the space without losing a bedroom.  We couldn’t move the plumbing to the open space and if we put in the laundry room, then we would have cut into the smallest bedroom only leaving enough room for a twin bed. I’m assuming the two girls will want their own rooms at some point and we will need that third bedroom. So that left keeping the shower downstairs. We have the plumbing set up in the powder room, so that is the easiest option to expand. The only thing we need to cut into in this scenario is the hall closet. We have a small closet now, so that didn’t matter that much to us. We keep the girls’ coats in their rooms now so they can have the responsibility to hang them up when they get home. I think we will just keep this going with this.

This will also give the living room an extra wall as well and the chance to smooth out the ceiling overhang that right now is scalloped – (why? I have no idea). So that’s the plan right now.

We are using a plain white subway tile for the shower itself with a cement base. This will tie in with the granite counters in the kitchen and have a smooth finish. We are very excited. I wanted to have a punch of colour in here though as well. We are going to bring this in with a really fun floor. Here is the link to the tiles. They are from Ornamenta. I can’t wait to mix and match the solids and patterns. The colours are gorgeous and zen like.

Bathroom Tile

Bathroom Tile

We also want to have a vintage feel. We are going to use a recycled vintage table as the vanity. It will have granite overtop to protect the wood and bring the shelves out far enough to have storage in front of the pipes. Very excited! The last touch of colour will be the red vintage mirror light.

I had to have red in there somewhere!

Vanity Inspiration

Vanity Inspiration