Any of you who have been following this from the start will know that the one immoveable item I had on my wish list for BuildingBoxes Central, was a bath with a view. Like a spring lamb all excited about new grass, I’m bouncing, and bleating my head off, because my bath went in this weekend. *throws confetti*
It’s a luxury that I am quite aware may get usurped by the water loving Lego Engineer and Destruction Specialist, but I’m hoping to keep it mine for as long as possible. We did build them their own bathroom after all.
So, with self-indulgent grown up luxury in mind, but with a tight budget firmly in hand, what did we choose? This puppy is a freestanding Cassini bath from Athena. It’s made from easy clean sanitary grade Lucite acrylic (which retains water temperature better than some other materials and ensures stray children’s filth is cleanable), and is reinforced with fibreglass laminate if the boys do decide to do their ninja leaping worst. It was a pretty straight forward install (thanks to Chris, Our Man of Plumbing), the waste is in the middle, cos who likes sitting on a plug, and, something Mr BuildingBoxes wanted to ensure, it fits two grownups, comfortably.
As well we have showers, a small one in our room, and a bigger on in the boy’s “family” bathroom. I know traditionally the family bathroom would be the one with the bath, but, I figure we only need one and as they grow older, surely they’ll appreciate the size of their huge shower. That was a rather last minute change. Mr BuildingBoxes was determined to have a linen cupboard upstairs and so he and our Architect had designed a cupboard to eat into the bathroom space. When the frames went up and I saw just how much space it would eat up though, I was not particularly excited.
Happily I pointed to the huge laundry we’ve got which fits all our linen and more, and Chris pointed out that showers these days come in ALL sorts of sizes: a 1000x1600 Athena Lifestyle shower fitted our bathroom space almost exactly. We’ve gone for acrylic showers, and I’ll go into more of why on stuff in a week or so, but suffice it to say that I hate cleaning, and cleaning grout? Who has the energy, really. When it comes to install too, these puppies, are quick, cheap (no pre-forming of the floor for drainage) and because there’s no membrane required on the floor, there aren’t any leakage issues. But do remember to get a qualified plumber to sort all that out. We have the same again downstairs, just in a smaller 1000x1000 size, because, the bath…
Finally, it was vanity time and because Mr BuildingBoxes had managed to get all smart with his kitchen bench top measurements, we were able to get the two vanity tops out of the Caeserstone slab. It meant I could have a top mount basin which I really like the look of, but which we couldn’t afford when we looked at off the shelf vanity options. With Peter, our Genius Cabinet maker on board though, we have two custom vanity units, with tops in Sleek Concrete, and they look, we’ll, lux. (The basins are a Valdama overtop basin and a Slab basin, again both from Athena, in case you were wondering.)
So, two bathrooms, one bath, and one glorious view. If you’re wondering about the floor too, I painted it. Yes. Really. It was quite a process, but cheaper than the European tiles I would have had if our budget wasn’t tighter than…a tight thing. If you’re interested in the hows, I’ll share a post on the Resene Habitat site in a week or so.
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.