Our new kitchen / diner will sit on top of what used to be the pantry, bathroom and a separate little loo for campers so we now need to incorporate a new and much smaller bathroom within the re-modelled space. This has proved a bit of a challenge because we want to maximise the kitchen space but still fit in a bath to make a decent family bathroom. The dimensions were drawn out on the floor and although it will be rather bijou it’s just doable. You don’t actually need that much space for a loo and so despite there being no natural light in there we’ll be finding some other ways to give it a bit of a wow factor.
The stud wall was erected and has been packed with some (hopefully!) decent sound insulation. The added complication with putting up the wall is that this is where the fuse box / consumer unit needs to live. It will be embedded into this wall and be accessed through one of the kitchen cupboards. It’s also meant that Amy needed to get a bit creative with that section of wall in the bathroom . A rather funky shaped wall has appeared above the sink so as to hide all the cables and pipes. The sink itself was upcycled from the outside loo, it’s a beautiful (and extremely heavy) old Belfast sink which has provided the inspiration for the décor.
Now, the other challenge in the bathroom is fitting in the bath. Quite a lot of research went into bath sizes and designs and we had actually ordered a square bath but that fell through so we were down to just a couple of choices. Either go with an expensive square bath which would fit in nicely but not allow you to lie down in it or…go with what I call the “James Bond” option. This involves a bath which is too long to fit into our bathroom. Basically (I still don’t know how she persuaded me), Amy cut a section out of the bathroom wall in which the end of the bath now sits. It doesn’t look any different from the kitchen side because when you have a bath it means your feet will be sitting in one of the kitchen cupboards. Brilliant or crazy…you decide.