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Our "basic builder" bathroom previously consisted of a 5x8 space with your basic, boring white vanity, white tub, and white cheap-o tile, and boring wall paper. We were inspired by several of the bathrooms we saw on this website plus many HGTV shows that gave us the inspiration we needed. We wanted a contemporary spa feel with modern amenities. Although our space is small we took advantage of the high 9' ceiling by running the tile all the way to the ceiling and installing 4" recessed lighting. This really draws your eye up! We used 18x18 tiles on the wall, 6x6 on the shower floor, and a great 1" tile around the vanity and toilet. It's actually a mix of glass tile and slate. The vanity, sink, and faucet were purchased on-line and the mirror was cut locally to fit the exact space.
We are thrilled at the transformation and can't believe how much bigger our 5x8 space now appears!
ADDED INFO-- Thank you all for the kind comments, we are amazed at the feedback! Thank You! Several questions have been asked about the cost and materials, so here's the info....
COST-- We loved the comment about estimating the cost at $40,000. Actually, it cost $8,000 for everything.
DESIGNER-- Someone asked if we hired a professional designer. Nope. We are addicted to HGTV and picked up lots of tips and ideas from the show (esp. Candice, Vern, Angelo and David Bromstad) and this website. We purchased all of the materials ourselves. We did some of the work ourselves and hired a great contractor for the tough stuff.
FAUCET-- Purchased at ExpressDecor.com for $139
VANITY-- It's a Decolav vanity (5510-ES) that includes the sink. EveryVesselSink.com for $900
TILE-- All purchased at Expo (Isn't it a shame that they are all closing!). 1x1 Glass Tile/Slate were the most expensive of all of the materials! $32/sf. From Oceanside Glass Tile (glasstile.com) it's Geologie High Desert. The 18x18 shower wall tile is from Daltile (5202 Golddust) @ $2/sf. The 6x6 shower floor tile is CTI Tile (Rex Shabui, Charcoal Black).
MIRROR- cut locally and custom frame from Aaron Brothers.
PAINT-- Sherwin-Williams (SW6078 Realist Beige).
Thanks again for all of the kind remarks! If we can do it-- so can you!