Finishing Our Smart Bathroom Floor Plan & Design
Twelve days. This is the time I have to finalize the decisions on our master bathroom project, as we now have an actual start date for this project. The fun begins on May 10. So I tried to get all the details in my mind before meeting with our contractor next Monday to review all the finalized plans.
A few weeks ago, I shared some murals and wallpapers that I could use as a starting point in this master bathroom design. You can click here to see the fifteen finalists. I finally chose the winner, and it’s this Photo Wall mural.
Once this decision was made, I had to decide exactly how I wanted to use it. I took all the new measurements of the room to make sure everything was accurate and then used this free online floor plan tool to create a 2D and 3D floor plan of the bathroom.
I started with my initial plan of having the tub in its own little alcove like this…
The 3D walkthrough option of this tool makes the perspective a bit off-kilter, but it gives an idea of what it would look like. You can see the long vanity wall (the outer wall with the window) on the far left. This door would go to the master bedroom. And then to the right is the bathtub in its small alcove. This area between the wall of the bath alcove and the wall of the bedroom door would lead to the shower.
The view of the alcove from the bathtub is where things get a little awesome. It makes the tub so tiny. But the tub I get is only five feet wide, so it’s really not a big tub (or a wide alcove) at all.
I had imagined it would look like this, with the mural at the top of the wall and some paneling at the bottom. Do not pay too much attention to the color of the wall. That wasn’t really my goal at this point. This decision may be taken after.
Or another option would be to use the wall paint from floor to ceiling. Of course, there would be moldings and skirting boards that are not shown here.
But on that last post where I shared the fifteen finalist murals and wallpapers, a few people mentioned that they didn’t like the bathtub alcove because it felt too closed. I have to think about it, and five feet (which is exactly the size, or rather the size, I am) is just not much space at all. And since I have only 12 feet 6.5 inches wide to work in this room, which must accommodate a bathtub and two doors, I could save a few precious centimeters by forgoing the side walls of the alcove.
As I was thinking about this decision, I saw this photo used on an advertisement for House of Rohl. It was perfect timing, and seemed like confirmation that I could live without the alcove. This is the exact configuration I would have with the bathtub (which looks quite small in this photo) flanked by two doors. And then there is a mural on the wall.
So I think (I’m not sure, but I think) that I decided to give up the alcove. I really liked the idea of an alcove because that’s what I’m used to. I’ve never had built-in tubs that fit into their own small space, like the one in the hallway bathroom.
It is very strange to wrap my head with a bathtub that is just sitting in the open air. I know it’s done all the time, but it will be new to me.
So with that in mind, I went back to the floor planning tool and took those walls off and made a few other little tweaks to see what it would look like.
I know this is definitely going to make the room more open, but with this layout, I also feel like the shower and water cabinet openings need to be box openings (the doors are not Matt friendly), so I’m not planning doors for either area), which means they need to be moved to the center of the room by about 3.5 inches to make room against the outside walls for trim around the doors.
So really, the area I gained by removing the side walls of the alcove is now taken over by the trim. I’m not sure it really helped anything in this regard. The only net benefit seems to be that the room feels more open.
So I started to play around with some ideas to figure out exactly how and where I wanted to use the mural. If you remember, my original ideas were to use it only on the vanity wall.
But with a vanity, two mirrors and a window (and maybe a few sconces), much of the mural would be covered.
So I tried it right behind the bathtub, like in the picture of Rohl’s House. But I had a problem when I couldn’t find any more pictures of this bathroom, so I couldn’t see exactly how they finished the areas above the doors. Does the mural (which I make in their bathroom is a tile mural) just go in that area behind the tub? Is there actually a very small alcove to trigger this area? Looks like there could be one there. So what is above the moldings around their doors? These are all answers that I could not find because, as far as I know, there is only one picture of this wall in this bathroom.
For my life, I couldn’t think of a way to use only the wall paint behind the tub without looking awkward. I would cut the box openings, but what would I do in those few centimeters above the doors between the door matter and the crown molding? Nothing seemed to work in my mind.
Without a clear solution that came to mind, I decided to try using the mural as wallpaper for the whole room. Because the bathroom at Rohl House with its all-blue trim was the inspiration that started me on this path, I decided to try the mural with wainscoting and trim all painted in a color other than white. This was my first try…
So at this point, what I know for sure is that I will use this mural in the bathroom. Come again? I still don’t know for sure. Will there be a bathtub alcove? I don’t know for sure, but I’m leaning toward the no. I’m basically no further ahead than when I started messing with this floor plan tool. (I used my photo editing software to add the wall paint and paneling to the wall.
But if I had to make a decision today based on the options above, this is the one I would choose.
All this seems more “me”, and it also corresponds to the rest of the house. I have white wainscoting in the music room, hallway bathroom and studio bathroom, so it’s clearly something I really like. And the use of the mural just on the top of the walls with the paneling on the bottom adds a little calm to the room. While I love the mural used on floor-to-ceiling walls, I’m afraid it’s a little overwhelming.
So it is in this direction that I am leaning right now. I am open to any input right now! Because once I meet with the entrepreneur next Monday, there will really be no room for major changes after that. Now is the time to consider all options!