{BATHROOM RENOVATION} Update with progress photos!

{BATHROOM RENOVATION} Update with progress photos!

So we have now been without a working shower for around 17 days (who’s counting?), and it will be another 7-10 days until the shower screen goes in. Luckily, with besties and in-laws and parentals living so close, we are not that stinky, and have been bathing regularly =P As of today though, the silicon is dry, and we have the go ahead to turn on the taps again! So, screenless, I will be having a shower tomorrow, with our fancy now shower head pumping out hot steamy goodness onto my shoulders (it’s a 3 star water-saver, not great, but not too horrible, just have to keep the showers short!), and probably also onto every other surface in the room and out into the hallway…

Here are some progress photos of the job so far (I LOVE my tradies, they have all been excellent, and big props go to long time friend Robbie for organising everything for me):

Mikaela Bathroom Renovation Cleanout

Mikaela Bathroom Renovation Demolition

Of course when it came to waiting for the shower cement base to set, Bella was not very helpful:
Mikaela Bathroom Renovation

Mikaela Bathroom Renovation Tiling

And what we’re up to as of today (but I’ve now swept it out a bit):
Mikaela Bathroom Renovation  Fitout

Can’t wait for the mirror cabinets to go in so I can put all the junk back away! =)

{BATHROOM RENO} All systems are go!

{BATHROOM RENO} All systems are go!

After a long long wait (almost 2 years since my last post about it!), buying all the parts, finding the right people and saving enough money, our bathroom renovation is finally under way! As I type this from my mum & dad’s place, my friend Rob is at our place de-tiling, patching and whatever else needs doing to prep the room for it’s makeover. He came around last night and bashed a few good holes in the wall, so there was no turning back from there!

I’ll post some progress photos over the next couple of days, but this is the bathroom in it’s “before” state:

Small Bathroom Renovation

I can’t wait for it to be done, it’s going to be so fantastic! =D

Plans for our small bathroom renovation

Plans for our small bathroom renovation

Our house has only one bathroom (until we extend upwards and add a master bedroom with ensuite, in about 10 years), so it needs to work for us now as a couple, but also for us as a family in the future. The bathroom is small, 1.65 x 2.25m, and has a shower, vanity and small bath (the toilet is separate). I don’t mind the layout and want to keep the bath for when we have kids, so our renovation will basically consist of replacing everything without moving any plumbing, which will keep costs down.

Nice big windows let lots of light in

Nice big windows let lots of light in

The shower is enclosed by tinted glass and a tiled half wall, which make it feel really cramped and makes the room seem smaller

The shower is enclosed by tinted glass and a tiled half wall, which make it feel really cramped and makes the room seem smaller

The shower floor features beautiful pink tiles (the room had pink carpet in it until recently), and the mirror cabinet is made of metal and all rusty inside

The shower floor features beautiful pink tiles (the room had pink carpet in it until recently), and the mirror cabinet is made of metal and all rusty inside

You can see here the gold rimmed taps and handles, and the weird benchtop

You can see here the gold rimmed tops and handles, and the weird benchtop

We’re going to rip out the half wall, replace all the tiles (stone colour on the floor, white on the walls behind the shower and a stone feature), get a new semi-frameless shower screen, a new vanity and mirrored cabinet (from the LILLĂ…NGEN/ANORDNA range at Ikea), and new taps, handles, hooks etc.

I’ve got almost a third of the cost of our bathroom reno saved up, so I’m hoping to get it done in 3-6 months.

Share photos of your bathroom renovations! I’d like to get some more ideas for small bathrooms especially =)