November 12, 2009

Vancouver Interior Design: Planning Patti’s Bathroom

Kelly isn’t the only one working with a client on a bathroom transformation I AM TOO! And I’m so very excited about the opportunity!!

I’ve remodeled a few bathrooms with my husband (I’m sharing one with readers over at Primed4Design today – go check it out!) but this will be my first client bathroom. Follow along with me as I help Patti create a gorgeous bathroom!

So where are we right now? I brought in my builder and we have our quote in hand, we just need to confirm with him and then all will be a go for a December 1st project start.

How about I start by showing you a photo of a bathroom that looks a good deal like Patti’s (I can’t find the photos I took of HER bathroom!! But I’ll take some more soon and share the real deal)…


The plan is to make two structural changes to the room: 1) To the left of the photo you can see a wall… that’s the linen closet, accessible in the hallway. We’re pulling this OUT! 2) Reflected in the mirror you can see a door… it’s a pocket door to the master bedroom. We’re removing this door completely!

The vanity is going… the almond-coloured tub is going… the toilet is going (it’s almond-coloured too, unlike the one in the room above)… the floor will be pulled up as well as the tile (and boarding behind the tile – replaced with new cement board) around the tub.

It’s all coming out!!!

So what’s going back in? Take a look at this vanity…


This is a vanity that Patti found and really loves (she doesn’t love the mirror though and I can’t blame her!). As you can see, it’s a dark wood – but what you can’t really see is that it’s stripped in stainless steel along the bottom and just across the top (under the counter). The counter itself is a fresh white quartz.


Remember I mentioned that we’re removing the linen closet? Well… I’m replacing it with a linen tower in the bathroom… and that means that the vanity above is a little bit too long. Darn!

No worries… I’ve drawn up some plans (using the drafting skills I’m learning in class!)… I’ve taken them to my cabinet maker Bob… and he’s going to make Patti a vanity that’s almost the same!!


We’re just waiting for Bob’s quote… but it should be competitive with the original vanity cost. Patti and I may tweak things a little… I’ll be sure to share our plans if they change!

Can you see the cross-hatching in the drawing, above the vanity and behind the mirror? That’ll be tile, straight to the ceiling. Something beautiful in greys and whites like this:


This is a Sarah Richardson bathroom… and she’s a bathroom-designer goddess!!

And the mirror that will sit on tiled wall? I’m thinking something feminine like this…

clip_image005And bathtub tiles… how about 4x12 white tiles and a sparkly, iridescent grey glass listello? Clean and simple.


So that’s where we’re at right now… Patti has to finalize the decision to go with a custom-built vanity and linen tower so that we can place our order… I have to source out a special tile for above the vanity… we have to purchase a new tub and toilet.

But it’s all so much fun!!

I’ll be sure to post updates once the demo starts… I hope you’ll come back and see how it all turns out!!


Are you looking for a solution for your dated bathroom? Do you want to be filled with pleasure every time you walk into this all important room? Contact me by email and we can discuss your bathroom’s needs!


Paul Anater said...

That sounds great Victoria, all of it. Congratulations!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great draft, Victoria! Love the idea of the linen tower and I think the gray tiles will look great.

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

It looks great! I can't wait to see more of it! I love that Sarah Richardson bathroom, and think you made a great choice to go with a backsplash similar to hers. I bet it'll look great!

Moore Minutes said...

Oh fun! I'm looking forward to seeing the changes. I know it will look incredible. You have SO much talent and I love learning from you.

By the way...we took a trip to Banff a few years ago and it was gorgeous!!! Are you near there at all? If so, you're very lucky. :) We stayed at this amazing hotel that looked like a castle inside. In fact there is a picture of my boys at the hotel at the very bottom of my blog. :) I LOVE Canada!

Verdigris Vie said...

Definitely fun- I can't wait to see it when it's all done... Sarah Richardson, bathroom Goddess -funny...hee hee.

Anonymous said...

So exciting, and it looks like you've got a great plan! Can't wait to more...

pk @ Room Remix

Carolyn said...

I am sure it will be great when it is done and look forward to seeing it.

Kat said...

This is going to be gorgeous! I'm so excited for you that you are doing your first client bathroom. I love all the choices you've shown here, and am looking forward to seeing this project as it progresses. Kathy

Pam Kersting said...

Now Victoria, you must show us the results when you are done! How fun! Stop by my blog for a little package for you and Kelly!

Maria Killam said...

Very exciting and I'm totally impressed with your drawing! Love the bathroom she's getting!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Hi Victoria,
It will be great! I am sure! It is always a challenge to redo a room isn't it! I wish you good luck and looking forward to see the after pictures!

Have a nice weekend!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Victoria the bath is going to look smashing, congrat's. We are in the midst of a minor (although should be a major) bath remodel. Ms. Richardson's bath made me weep.

Happy.happy weekend to you & Kelly xx

Janis@White Alder [Home] said...

Super exciting..looking forward to seeing the progress. I really like what you've come up with so far, I'm sure it'll be beautiful!!

Hope you and Kelly have a wonderful weekend.

Melanie @ Urban Executive Studios said...

Victoria, great fresh ideas ~ Go Girl!
It will be fabulous I'm sure!

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

Great plans! I love the tile and the dark cabinetry.

The Sarah Richardson bathroom is to die for - but I wonder who cleans that mirror - I wouldn't want to!

Looking forward to seeing the results!

Anonymous said...

I love your ideas! Can't wait to see it finished. Thought your drawing looked great, too.

Sara Baldwin said...

good plan! let me know if you're interested in some wall or floor tile from New Ravenna--we could potentially trade for photos!

Ianny said...

Consider a marine- or nautical- theme for bathrooms.

Photographic prints of jellyfish, sea dragons or more commonly dolphins, always add cheer as you relax on that throne ;)

Danica said...

Can't wait to see the finished project! It's going to look beautiful. Loving the vanity!

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