BATHROOM DESIGN IDEAS | INTERIOR DESIGN DIARY 37

BATHROOM DESIGN IDEAS | INTERIOR DESIGN DIARY 37


Good morning my fellow vloggers and designers.
Well here we are again. And now today we are off to the kitchen suppliers. We are going
to go and have a look through some of the choices that we have for the bathrooms at
the new Sloane Square job. I’m getting ahead of time here. I think I might have shown you
on my other videos, I’m getting ahead of time and going in early to actually decide what
there is, what can be done, and what would be good so I can suggest a few things when
I next see the client. So that’s where I am heading today. Then I’ve
got to pop into town, a little appointment and then after that I am heading back home
for some more video editing. So it should be quite a straightforward day. Time does
run away with you when you go into places like bathroom suppliers and kitchen suppliers.The
only issue tends to be really is that you can get lost in your job as it were; which
is quite a good thing to do, I think! Anyway, it’s a very cloudy overcast day here
in London but let’s get on with the day! And here we are the kitchen designers and
we’re deep in discussion, just explaining here to the lady, Sophia, who is putting all
the drawings together for us, the design that Kalin and I have come up with. So we’re just
explaining the rudiments of the design to Sophia. Make this a little bit deeper Thats the heated towel rail that will go in..
So we’d recess a heated towel rail inside that recess and that side we’re going to have
a recess, just for them to place.. Shampoos..possibly with a glass shelf..
We can put lights there on top of the recess.. As long as they work, I’m just a bit paranoid
about lights. And you know what we’re doing here.. This is a shower where we’ve put the shower’s got four lights in it. So because this design is something that I’ve
put together beforehand we’re just relaying all the stuff. So Kalin’s got all his notes
here that can be found and everything will be put into a 3D program as it were, so the
lovely Sophia will put everything in there so we can actually see what it’s going to
look like with all the things that I’ve chosen. And you generally just have to sit here with
pen and pencil just making sure that things fit, things look right, and just to really
go through the scenario plan of can you actually get through the door between the shower and
the wall and do you want your shower controls on hand before you get in the shower itself.
All those sorts of things. There’s a lot of explaining to do and if you can’t do it yourself
or don’t want to do it yourself it’s quite handy having a kitchen and bathroom suppliers
that can actually know what you’re talking about and can relay stuff between each other
and get everything sorted. This is generally what I tend to do.
These things can take a matter of hours or days as there’s usually two of three different
visits that you can do to actually get it right. It is much better to do these things
when you’re there rather than do things over the phone or on email, it takes an awful lot
more time so I would heartily say to anybody go into your kitchen and bathroom suppliers
to sort this type of thing out. And then you can draw it through, and take things away
and 3D plans can be printed and you can work through them and go to the clients with them
and get these things sorted out with the clients. It’s very much better. Sometimes the clients
will say “yes I do like this, no I don’t like that” and then you can relay this back to
the supplier and say this is what we’re doing and any other changes that they need to be
made aware of. It’s time consuming but that’s part of the job. Again you have to remember
it’s for someone else not you, so you do have to think of the practicalities and this is
where experience comes in. The more you do these things, the better it is. So that’s clear.. And these tiles..you wanted on which? Ideally, I definitely wanted them here..and
I definitely wanted them there If I just put ‘feature tiles’..
Because when they come in..they will see it..and depending on how it could go, because they’re
in sheets They’re a funny size.. Yes, they’re very specific..but I kind of just thought that they can go in there. If
it means, I guess we can look at that once the design is done..
Why not this background be white? Just white tiles with the white tray and just have the
surround. Maybe, well I thought that if the heated towel
rail is going in there then you can have a plain background..
Because that one is quite busy and we’d lose the radiator..
I don’t think we’ll be seeing it.. I mean I quite like just having this surround…blue
blue blue and on that little return then have blue there and blue there; it’s almost framed.
Without any tiles? Just paint? No with tiles, but white, and in fact I may
even match the white tiles to the ones on the floor.. And so the discussion moves on to the actual
cabinets themselves which is this dark wood here. It’s a little bit Shaker style as you
can see, but that’s going to look really quite special. You have to think of the overall
scheme so once you put the brown with the blue of the tiles and the white which will
perhaps go on the floor, it makes a striking combination. People don’t really think about
putting blue with brown together but it’s beautiful when you do put it together. So
it’s one thing for people to watch, a tip there for you! Don’t discount that! Of course,
look at things such as texture so stoneware. This is for kitchens and bathrooms incidentally
but most notably for bathrooms. You need to look whether things are gloss, whether they’ve
got a fleck in them, whether they’re honed, how thick they are, are they porous, do they
need treating or sealing, all these types of things. Generally your supplier can tell
you, so that’s always good! Once you’ve had a look at things you can put
everything together. It’s a lot of work and a lot of paperwork as you can see; a little
bit messy but that’s OK. Once you’ve gone through everything, make
sure you’ve ticked all the boxes and have checked every single thing that’s there to
check that you’re doubly sure that you haven’t left any stone or wood unturned because you
would regret it if you haven’t got the exact thing that you want for your clients. But
I think the brown and the blue will work together really quite well. Taps are another thing of course. This is
a Tres brochure. They’ve been going for a long time. Very trustworthy brand.
They’ve got an enormous supply. There’s loads that you can go to. Obviously Hansgrohe is
one that is well known so I would have a look all of these and at least make it consistent
in your bathroom, that’s the main thing to do. Go for something a little bit different
as well! And this bathroom here, is the basement bathroom.
This is quite an interesting one to do as it’s very small and in the vaults. As I said,
it’s very small and narrow and this is a step down and it’s in this corner here that we
want to put a shower area in which means that we’re going to have to dig down which is going
to cost a bit of money so I am not quite sure that they client wants to do it but if they
do we’re going to micro cement it, which is a very urban way of doing things, which should
be fun. And here is some micro cement things that
you can do. It’s quite interesting to see all the different bits that you can do with
it. It’s just sprayed on, you have to do a couple of layers but it does work and you
can do all sorts of different shapes and sizes for baths and you can just leave it there. It’s a very urban look. She may not like it but it would be a definite
modernisation if they were to do it. Whether it’s a basin such as this or the whole bathroom We shall see!
Exciting times ahead!


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