The One Room Challenge has kicked off and I am thrilled to show off the plans for this relaxing open bathroom renovation. I can’t believe that it will soon be in my home!
The ORC is a six week interior design challenge for design bloggers from all over to participate in. It is sponsored by Better Home and Gardens along with other amazing companies. Be sure to check out all of the other designers that are participating in the ORC and giving their rooms a makeover. There are so many amazing designers participating, I am honored to be a guest blogger in this challenge!
The Inspired Decorator
If this is your first time here, welcome! I’m Sara-Lynn, a design consultant and blogger in Canada. The Inspired Decorator was created to share my knowledge and passion with you so that you are inspired to personalize your home and turn into into a place you love. I am a multi-passionate entrepreneur, a young-at-heart mom, wife, and creative mind. Art in any form feeds my soul.
The room that I’m renovating, and I mean full-on renovation, is the master bathroom. It’s the only room in the house that has yet to be updated. Here’s the back story of this renovation if you’re interested in the details. And here’s the master bathroom!
To make a long story short, there was a leak, and when we finally decided to go ahead with the renovation, I discovered that the ORC was starting up at the same time. Coincidence?
It is open to the master bedroom which means that my dear husband and I are moving out of this area until the renovations are done. That, along with the ORC, are great motivations to complete the renovation in a timely matter. Which is not something my husband and I are good at ha!
Do you want to see the mood board?
Relaxing Open Bath
This is based on my first published Moodboard Monday: Blissful Bath. I thought it would be neat to incorporate a mood board into an actual renovation so you could see how these mood boards can be used in reality.
This room is the dream project. My husband has been dreaming of this shower for years and it’s coming to life. It’s inspired by a walk-in shower we experienced on our first hot holiday in beautiful Hawaii. It’s our getaway at home which means it needs to be relaxing. The bathroom-bedroom area is open which makes it feel very spacious, which I plan to take advantage of. Natural materials are used as well as man-made products for a nice blend of finishes. There’s also original pieces being mixed back into the new bathroom. My design style is rustic glam this is one we are going to preserve some of the character of the house.
Now for the scope of work. There is a wish list of items for this relaxing open bathroom renovation and we hope to fit it all into the budget. But since there is a plumbing issue, there are some must-have items to cross off this list first.
The main concern is getting the plumbing issues fixed.
There’s no way to know how much damage there is from the water leak until we get the floor opened up. The room below is covered in cedar planks and we really don’t want to disturb them if we can avoid it so everything will be done from the second level. This means we need to be prepared for whatever may come up when the floor is opened up. I like to plan for surprises just in case.
The toilet is also on its last leg so that needs to be replaced. May as well spruce up the toilet area while we’re at it. Depending on how the renovation goes, extra touches may be addressed if time and budget allows. Whitewashing the pocket door and frame would be a bonus addition. Time will tell.
We are removing the walk-in closet.
Yup, you read that right. The walk-in closet is being converted into a walk-in shower. This is my husband’s dream shower so we’re doing it right the first time. It’s probably good to also mention that this is our forever home so we have no regrets about removing a selling feature for our convenience. Although the walk-in closet was gorgeous with its cedar-clad walls. The attic access is currently in here and needs to be moved, hopefully to the hallway.
Installing a wardrobe system in the bedroom.
This is kind of unrelated to the bathroom but necessary anyways. To make up for the lack of closet space, one of the bedroom walls is turning into a closet wardrobe wall. This will look like a custom floor to ceiling closet unit. And since the bedroom is large enough, the wall space won’t be missed. It does mean that the dresser currently on that wall is heading to another room though. Which is the loss of another clothing storage system. It’s a good time to declutter!
New vanity with lots of cabinet space.
The sitting area of the current vanity is not used properly. That area would be better used as enclosed storage space. Since the wall is not a standard cabinet length, and we want to fully utilize the space, a custom vanity is required.
While the flooring is in great shape, the change in wall locations is going to leave undesirable gaps in the floor. So a new luxury vinyl plank floor will be installed instead. This is something I’ve tackled before, and we are using leftover planks from installing the basement floor.
A fresh coat of paint can completely transform a room. This bathroom will be no different. Benjamin Moore is my go-to for paint selection. Pale Oak is a soft, warm gray, and will help meld the bathroom and bedroom together.
Mixing Things Up
I am a fan of mixed metals so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. There are going to be some matte black metals, like the faucet, along with some gold from the light fixtures, and some chrome in the shower.
The design style of our home is rustic glam (or shabby chic, modern farmhouse, etc) and contains a mix of new and vintage pieces. Some of the original light fixtures are remaining for a nod to the history of this home.
Now, we are trying to do this on a $15,000 CDN budget. It’s always a good idea to set a budget for a renovation or decorating so you have parameters to work within.
Working in the construction industry has given me a good idea of when the best times are to get good deals on products. Some supplies have already been picked up at a great price and just stored until it’s time to install. We also are capable of doing projects ourselves in order to save money. And there are areas that we’ve decided to leave alone or not splurge on with the intention to upgrade at a later date. This provides some emergency wiggle room in the budget. As mentioned earlier, surprises happen during renovations.
If you are interested, the details of where we are saving money can be written in another post so you can take pointers too. Maybe these ideas will also work for your own renovation plans and I can go over how I plan and create a budget for renovations. Comment if this is something you’d like to read.
And welcome to the ORC Fall 2019! Good luck to all the participants! Please sign up for my emails to get notified of my new posts and bathroom progress. As a perk, you get access to my freebies page. And right now when you sign up, you also get a copy of my Reno Guide to download for free! I’ll chat with you soon!