Last week, I felt like the heavens decided to throw me a week full of pure happiness, one day after the other.
The week started with the arrival of a couple of builders who started working on the installation of a new bathroom that I have spent months designing and working on with my practise client (and friend). It was so exciting to be able to see all that effort and thought start to come together and take shape.
Then while on a playdate with Little J and his friend, I started to receive multiple tweets and pings informing me that my blog was one of the Editor’s choice for RED On-line magazine which you can read here. It was a pinch me moment and I was so honoured to be chosen among a number of top bloggers who I both admire and look up to.
And to top it all off, I spent a lovely afternoon on Sunday with a bunch of London Bloggers who are always so inspiring and lovely to be around. These guys are so supportive and wonderful, it makes me blessed to be a blogger.
It was a week that I won’t forget in a hurry. Now, back to interiors.
The bathroom renovation has been keeping me busy and I was asked to design a built in bathroom cabinet for my client. “Sure, of course I can” I said, then put down the phone and promptly sat down to take a deep breath. Having never actually designed a bathroom cabinet, it was a bit nerve racking. The cabinet would serve 2 functions, 1) it would house the hung toilet and 2) provide closed storage as my client is not a fan of open shelving. I wanted to be able to fully utilise the space without having an intrusive and overbearing object in the room.
Sometimes, I instantly have an idea in my head and then promptly go to the internet, books or magazines to get inspiration based on that idea. In this case, there was no idea. I didn’t really know what I was looking for until I found it – does that ever happen to you? I put it down to not having enough experience to know what to look for, but I’m not sure and would love to hear from anyone who might have a view on this one.
Anyway, the image below is what I found.
This helped a lot as I was able to show this image to my client to explain the concept of the cabinets being split into two (the phrase a picture speaks a thousand words is so true). Then I designed the cabinet to fit into the space. Here are some things I’ve had to consider as part of the design:
- Determine what the cabinet is going to be used for.
- Understand the technical specifications of anything that is being housed in the cabinet ie – the toilet and flush plate require a minimum height of 1m which determined the minimum height of the cabinet.
- Think about the thickness of the ply that will create the structure of the cabinet.
- When designing a shelf, 300mm is tall enough to allow a magazine to stand up (clients request).
- Ensure that the materials you use are water resistant and durable enough for bathroom use.
- The cabinets should take up the entire height and width of the wall.
- Consider lighting – which will be LED housed under the top cabinet.
We decided to tile the bottom cabinet with the same tile as the walls next to it, a matt white tile with a slight tinge of grey. Then the top cabinet would be sprayed with a gloss white to create interest along with a glass splash back in between the cabinets to reflect some light around the room.
Here is a mock up:
I can’t wait for it to be finished. It’s been such an interesting and very exciting experience so far. Till next time. xD
Image Source: C.P. Hart