Bathroom Plans: The BIG Picture

Now that I gave you a glimpse of the bathroom floor, I figured I should spill the beans on the overall look we are going for in the room. I’ve been dreaming of this bathroom for a looonnnggg time. The first house was the guinnea pig, and now I’m ready to seal the deal and I think that this time we can make it happen. It helps that this house has more than ONE shower, so we can take more than a week to bust this beast out. My plan is for us to take our time with this one so we can get the right results.

For this home, we are looking for a serene and tranquil bathroom experience. This bathroom is tight and every inch of space needs to be utilized to the MAX. Right now there is just a dingy little shelf that is the only storage location for things in the bathroom and that just leads to obscene amounts of clutter – it’s not pretty. Although the dimensions on this sketch are not 100% accurate (the computer program would not all me to customize all the dimensions) here is an idea of the footprint we are currently working with:

Small Bathroom Layout
Downstairs Bathroom

The sink obviously does not take up that much room, but as you can see, we don’t have a lot of space to work with. Especially since we need to actually ADD storage, because this bathroom is just not functioning at the moment. Here is the mood board I made for the bathroom to give you an idea for the look and feel we are going for. White marble will definitely be the base of the room, with some gold and polished nickel accents throughout the room.

Marble bathroom, antique bronze, polished nickel
Bathroom Mood Board

Right now, the biggest hurtles between our current crappola bathroom, and my swanky vision is a hunka hunka pile of money (mainly! 😉 and a few details that we are still not sure about regarding storage. Since the space is so. darn. small. it is really hard to find functioning storage, that doesn’t take up so much of the footprint that it is intrusive. We’ve already got the tile, mentioned here, so our to-do list for this bathroom is currently looking like this:

  1. Rip out the current tile
  2. Install backer board for new tile
  3. Replace existing sink
  4. Determine storage solution, install storage
  5. Install new tile surround in tub
  6. Install new flooring
  7. Paint baseboard trim
  8. Install final details (lighting, mirror, etc)

Right now, our budget for the space is $1,500, which is way more than we have ever spent on a bathroom, in complete honesty! BUT this is our main house bathroom, and I really want this room to shine, so we are pulling out all the stops (and our pocketbooks) to make it a gem. Consumer Reports estimates that average cost for a mid-range bathroom reno is $16,000 with upscale Masters costing as much as $52,000 (WHATTT!!!!), so if we can make this a space fit for a Grecian goddess for $1,500 buckaroos, I’ll have a smile on my face. Actually, I probably won’t be smiling until the memory of my wallet hemorrhaging is well in my past, but long term, I am pretty pumped about this room’s potential. We will do an entire budget breakdown of the process once everything is said and done. Hopefully, the process isn’t too painful, and hopefully, it looks as gorgeous as the bathroom below when we are done!

White Marble Bathroom Inspiration
White Marble Bathroom Inspiration

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