Good morning and happy weekend everyone!! I’ve been so excited to write this post for weeks now…
When we found our dream home, we instantly knew this was the home for us! It was simply perfect for us to grow into and put our own stamp on it. As soon as we moved in, even though the house was under 15 years old, it immediately started to show the cracks and repairs that were needed. I’m a complete rookie when it comes to renovations and honestly didn’t know where to even start. However the one room we knew we were going to tackle first was our en suite as the showers were the first completely break week 1 moving in…
In the UK, wetrooms are still a “newish” concept, even though in America it’s a much more common design. We had several companies tell us we simply couldn’t turn our en suite into a wetroom and we should listen to them and go with the standard showers (e.g. tray showers as you see here) most showrooms provided. Nothing wrong with that at all, but the American in me wanted more of a flat surface shower. I’m so glad I stuck with my gut and when we finally found the company to do this renovation he instantly confirmed we could turn our ensuite into what we had always envisioned. (Anyone looking to find a good tradesmen ask around! I scoured the internet and luckily my neighbor knew a lot of people and had the best plumber/tiler etc.)
I do have to say, scouring the internet looking for showers, taps, tiles and the vanity just completely overwhelmed me. Possibly because I’m American and not really familiar with British go to companies/brands or quite possibly there is just thousands of websites and options. It was like finding a needle in a haystack at first. Luckily I calmed down, found the reputable brands through again asking my tradesmen, and started narrowing it down to what we were after. Pinterest was a God send in reigning in what look we were after. (After all this wasn’t rocket science but you’d be surprised how many rabbit holes you can go down.)
The big show stopper for me was finding a vanity that was like a piece of furniture… I wanted that shaker style wooden furniture and looked like an extension of the house. (In America, you could say I was on a mission to find Pottery Barn here in the UK without the ridiculous price point. For you Brits, I was looking to copy DeVol Kitchens but for a bathroom. Both extremely costly, which I was determined to find something more budget friendly.) Luckily I stumbled upon a shaker style by Roper Rhodes, which was the exact look we were after.
After about two weeks of huge boxes of products sitting in our entrance hallway and tradesman setting up camp from morning to evening, we finally were able to see the transformation come to life! Room was fully gutted and stripped back which to me, being the newbie I was, was quite fascinating. I should change careers… I would love to do this for a living!!
All in all it took about three weeks total; one week for the plumber, two days for the tiler and an extra week for waiting on additional product to come in. We wanted to feel like we were in a hotel/spa bathroom and love neutrals. We decided on a slightly darker grout as believe it or not, it updated the look without it seeming like a hospital. (Danger with too much white. Actually you can never have too much white!!) Topps Tiles, thank you for helping two people who were clueless where to begin.
We are also so glad we decided to invest in our en suite… In total we spent less than £7K, which a lot of the showrooms said was impossible and had a minimum spend of £10K. Hah, we showed them! Now we have the bug and we want to tackle the other 3 bathrooms but alas that will have to wait for now.
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week!!