Our new En Suite
We have recently completed a loft conversion in our house and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. To set the context: when we bought the house in 2012 it was about 10 years old and it was what I would describe as a modern '2 up 2 down'. The downstairs originally consisted of a hallway with a small kitchen at the front of the house, downstairs toilet and lounge at the back with double doors opening into a good sized garden. The upstairs was made up of two decent double bedrooms and a family bathroom. A couple of years back we added a L-Shaped extension to the back of the ground floor which created a large open plan kitchen and living room. The original kitchen is now a utility room which since having Bella has become even more of a godsend with the amount of washing we have, and also as a place to store the buggy and carseat (and about 687108459630 other items).
As we are situated in central St Albans space is limited and the original extension changed our lives and gave us a much more functional way to live. We thought we were done there with renovations BUT when Bella came along last summer we began to talk about adding an extra floor to our house. As Phil's family live reasonably far away we really missed our spare room which had become Bella's nursery. So in February we started work and after a few months we are pretty much there so I thought I would share some pictures of the bathroom which is now complete.
In the new space we have added a really good sized (for town centre living) master bedroom and en suite bathroom. Adding a dormer window was integral to maximise the floor space and make the project worth while. The dormer was put on the back of the house and that's where the new bedroom is located. The front of the house still has quite a steep pitched roof so we put the bathroom there. The en suite consists of a large walk in shower, toilet and sink. We toyed with putting a bath up there but decided to make the room smaller and add more storage since we had lost our original loft space.
I absolutely adore wooden floors in bathrooms and when looking for inspiration I was pinning this look constantly on Pinterest. However, sometimes the look vs practicality of wood in a bathroom with lots of water splashing about isn't ideal. I'd heard about faux wood tiles but to be honest wasn't entirely sold on the idea. But I came across some amazing options in Topps Tiles and loved them straight away. We went for the Mora and In my opinion they look just like real wood and are even slightly engrained. I had originally envisaged a dark mahogany wood with bright walls but as the space is quite small I went for a lighter more ashy colour and I am thrilled with the results.
The white subway tile look isn't going anywhere and as I wanted to keep the walls bright and airy they seemed like the right choice. Phil suggested the grey grout and I think it's a really strong look.
We got our the tiles from Topps tiles here,
Faux flower jar from Next a couple of years back, similar here.
This is probably my favourite part of the bathroom. I have a bit of history with staining bedroom carpets with make up and fake tan which Phil is obviously delighted about. Therefore I really wanted to create a space in the bathroom for all my make up, lotions and potions. I thought that if none of these products are used in the bedroom there would be no further accidents. The fact the new bathroom has such amazing light was the icing on the cake for this plan. I had seen my dream vanity unit on Pinterest and had my heart set on it, I was then in search of a similar one. After lots of looking online / in bathroom stores the only units I could find were really dated white cabinets. So one evening I clicked on the aforementioned image on Pinterest which took me through to an Ebay page which THEN directed me to Parker & Walkers handcrafted furniture HURRAH! Long story short the unit was made by them. They matched the wood to a Farrow and Ball colour I picked (Elephants Breath).
The unit has built in draws and I have bought storage boxes from Bunnings for one of the shelves. and this is where I am storing all my toiletries, make up and lotions.
We were both really keen to get a large walk in waterfall shower, but the more practical side of me needed a lower adjustable head for those days (pretty much all of them) when I don't have time to wash my hair. So we went for both. A great tip is to put the taps near the entrance so you can switch the shower on and let it heat up for a couple of seconds before getting wet. I have to give Phil the full credit he deserves for that idea.
I hope you like it! This was my first attempt at photographing an interiors post, on the whole I am pleased with how the images came out. There is definitely room for improvement but practice makes perfect as they say!