In the house we’ve bought in Istria, we have two bathrooms. Sounds like a bit of a luxury, doesn’t it? But, both are very small and both are poorly laid out. The house had previously only been used in the summer, and more recently, less frequently, so not a great deal of attention had been paid to these two small rooms. However, we think bathrooms are important places and think they should be places to really unwind and relax. And, when we have guests we want them to experience something quite beautiful.

Our renovation budget is not huge and with a renovation comes unexpected costs. Who would have thought we’d have to pay in excess of £500 to increase our electricity power supply recently? Not budgeted for as we weren’t aware that we’d need to do this, so a little bit less in the pot to spend on getting the house the way we want it. So, we need to be creative – and find people who can help us realise our creative dreams.

We have done a bit of work in the bathrooms, but the time is coming for this to be done properly…

The downstairs bathroom is just off the Well Room and so needs to be carefully thought out. We have toyed with the idea of getting rid of it, but having had guests stay, we’ve realised that a second bathroom is very useful, just not with the layout it currently has.

Downstairs bathroom

Downstairs bathroom

We want to replace the traditional door, which opens inwards, to be replaced by a sliding glass door. Obviously not transparent glass – something along these lines, which was in a hotel in Rome.

The upstairs bathroom – the main bathroom – is tiny. Originally, we had thought about sacrificing one of the bedrooms to make into a larger bathroom, and making the small one (which adjoins our room) an ensuite, but this would have left us with only two bedrooms. So, again, having tinkered with it ourselves, we now need to get creative and get the professionals in.

The main bathroom - before we tarted it up a bit

The main bathroom – before we tarted it up a bit

The main bathroom - after we tarted it up a bit

The main bathroom – after we tarted it up a bit

The bath is a half size bath, sitting under the window, so right in the way. The sink is in a recess, opposite the toilet – where these two sit facing each other, we originally thought the bath should be. But then it would still have be a fairly small bath and this meant that options for relaxing were curtailed. Then, we found the solution. A free- standing bath in our room (which is the biggest bedroom we’ve ever had and so definitely able to take this) and a walk-in shower in the main bathroom, where we were going to put the bath. So, I’ve been spending some lovely time searching online for free-standing bath inspiration…

This means that the two small bathrooms can be designed much more effectively, without having to shoehorn a bath into one of them. Whilst we don’t want to totally scrimp on kitting these out, we do need to be mindful that we can’t go wild, and we think we might just have found the solution, for uber stylish, small wet room type bathrooms…

We were lucky enough to stay in an amazing Riad in Essaouira in Morocco a coupe of years ago and the bathroom has always stayed with me – almost black, polished concrete. Tadelakt. And guess what? Our builder can do this!

Riad Mimouna, Essaouira

Riad Mimouna, Essaouira

We think might have finally hit upon a solution which will not only be pleasing to our eyes, but to our purse too. And, hopefully, super relaxing, with two powerful walk-in showers. We look forward to welcoming you when it’s all done 😉

Ideas, ideas...

Ideas, ideas…