When we moved in to this house 13 years ago, this is how the bathroom looked. It was originally two rooms with the loo separate from the bathroom, which is why the windows are different sizes. The previous owners had made the two rooms into one, but as we were a family of four with two small children, the layout wasn't quite working for us. We often had two people trying to brush their teeth at once, so top of my wishlist were two sinks. The shower area had been built next to the sink, with a false wall between it and the smaller window, which created quite a small cubicle and didn't allow any natural light in to the shower - not a nice showering experience. The lovely cast iron bath had been re-enamelled, but sadly, the paint was flaking and the bath was rusting underneath; also the taps were leaking badly, so a new bath was needed. The lighting was provided by one flush ceiling fitting, which produced a harsh light over the whole room, which was neither practical nor relaxing. There was also a shaver socket next to the sink (not very safe), which only worked when the light was switched on! To top everything off, there were several leaks in to the kitchen underneath, and the skirting which had been used to 'box in' all the pipework meant that the room took forever to clean. Also, did I mention that brown is not my favourite colour?
I decided to stick with the original layout as much as possible, because it meant not moving the plumbing, which saved on labour costs. I chose a wall hung loo with a concealed cistern, as the loo being off the floor would create the illusion of more space. I then designed a low false wall in front of the windows to house the cistern, all the pipe work, and to provide a support for the sinks and worktop. Once I'd worked out how to fit in the two new sinks, I also opened up the shower by choosing a single glass panel for the screen, with no door. I asked my builder to make a 'niche' in the shower area for holding shampoos etc, and add waterproof lights on their own switch so that I could use them to create a soft glow. I also added two sets of downlights in the ceiling which are on dimmers and can be operated independently, so that the lighting would be flexible enough to provide both good lighting for shaving or applying make up, and soft lighting for a relaxing bath. I added a deep and comfortable bath, with a hand held shower attachment on the tap for rinsing, and moved the heated towel rail so that I could reach my warmed towels from the bath. I chose a spacious bathroom cabinet with infra red sensor operated lighting and a shaver socket built in, and also a super quiet extractor fan. Finally, I chose a dramatic wall colour to contrast with the white walls, and some new blinds in a mustard fabric to complement the dark grey wall colour.