The New Guest Bathroom

Since we built the blue house with an unfinished basement, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about the placement of things down there. Like plumbing and electrical boxes and such. I figured that was something I didn’t have to deal with making decisions about until I was ready to have everything finished. As usual, any time I make assumptions I end up being sooo wrong.

This year when we finally decided we had saved up enough money and wanted to start the bidding process, I realized that there were a lot of things in the basement that were put in place and didn’t make any sense. Before I had people come out to tell us how much money it would cost to move everything around and build it, I wanted to have a list of everything I was asking them to do. Because I have to plan everything to death.

To start, I dug up an email that had the original blueprints for the house, and used a program to draw out new plans for the basement. It was then that I noticed that the bathroom that our builders designed was really strange. Fortunately, for a small fee (in the grand scheme of things) we could have all of that dug up and moved around, since I still wanted the bathroom in that general location.

With a contractor ready to go and a plan in place, I started the second most fun part: picking out all the parts and pieces. Which means perusing pinterest for ideas to copy.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the bathroom doesn’t have a window. And it’s in a basement. I wanted it to feel light, airy, and spacious. That means the color scheme is blue-gray, white, and more white.

The thing I’m the most excited about is the circle mirror. All the finished bathrooms in the blue house have builder mirrors – like one long sheet over the sink and vanity – and it never occurred to me to ask about that. Once I figure out how to remove them without breaking them, they are going away.

The second thing I’m stoked on is the hexagon tile. I’ve never been into chevron anything, but especially chevron tile which apparently is blasphemy when it comes to DIY designing. Usually with super stylish stuff like that I eventually get on board (like pale gray walls) but I have had to come to terms with not being a fan of chevron and it just isn’t happening you guys. Anyway, I am into hexagon tile and I’m super excited to try out this tile on the floors.

Lastly, I’m on the hunt for fun drawer pulls to swap out on the vanity. They’ll either be oil rubbed bronze to match the sink and faucets (not pictured) or I’ll get those neat overly expensive ones they seem to have at all the big box stores now. Or I might bite the bullet and buy them from Anthropologie. We’ll see if we have any money to our names once the basement is finished.

We’re set to start work middle of summer. I’m so freakishly excited to potentially have the basement finished by winter!

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