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  • #159797

    bandicoot
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    irishbell asked for photos of the thing, so here it is:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattiflynn/sets/72157629632560309/with/6889182899/
    they run from newest to oldest, date-wise.

    we still need tiles on the floor in the outer bathroom, but that is part of an all-out tiling job for the whole house. the tiles are en route, the tiler has been selected….so that drama all lies ahead of us.

    the photos have a note here and there, but please feel free to ask questions. i am happy to share sources!
    i have tried to keep things very simple and minimal, but luxurious as well.
    under the vanity is the entire bathroom storage….a wicker basket each for our own things, a wicker basket for towels/peshtemals, a wicker basket for toilet paper. i got rid of a bit of stuff….

  • #208252

    lottielot
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    Lurvely! A new bathroom is a pleasure to use, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  • #208253

    bandicoot
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    o i am enjoying the whole thing to a ridiculous degree πŸ™‚

  • #208255

    lottielot
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    Lol at the thought of bandicoot permanently wrinkled like a prune after hours spent in the new tub πŸ™‚

  • #208256

    bandicoot
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    you have described it perfectly!

  • #208258

    Zora
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    That is so lovely. Well-done!

  • #208260

    ninakk
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    OH MY GOD! I just looked at the first photo and felt like screaming “THAT’S WHERE YOU LIVE???”. And then the flood of pretty lovely beautifulness! I want to visit πŸ˜€ You can’t expect to keep such a wonderful place all to yourself now, can you… πŸ˜›

  • #208262

    liag
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    So tasteful and appealing to the senses at the same time. Just what I would expect. You will enjoy it forever,I know, and that is wonderful to think about. {:o)

  • #208266

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    Beautiful! Simple but luxurious. You nailed it.

  • #208269

    irishbell
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    Lovely and peaceful!
    Thanks for posting the photos.

  • #208271

    bandicoot
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    nina, it is a beautiful part of the world, for sure.
    we love it here and feel truly fortunate to live here, despite myriad inconveniences.
    what price pristine air and water though? and green space? and abundant verdant tropical growth everywhere? and peace?
    i can do without a lot of things; i really value these things more.
    sure it rains a lot….there is red mud….we have to transport everything thousands of miles up and then thousands of miles down….everything is expensive….the weather can be extreme….we have horrible spiders and some deadly snakes….but i count all that for nothing against going outside at night and seeing the milky way clearly because there is no light pollution.
    it is an extreme kind of place.
    and you would be most welcome to visit us!
    at least we don’t have a hideous bathroom any longer!
    ( our regular guests will be happy too!)

  • #208292

    chacha1
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    That is majorly cool. The bathtub looks fab in the house, but even more inviting out on the lawn! Gorgeous view!!

    Jealous of your clean air. My allergies get worse every year here in filthy can’t-see-the-stars Los Angeles. πŸ™

  • #208307

    Netleigh
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    Gorgeous, I love that you have a window into the shower area and I think I want your towel rails.

  • #208309

    bandicoot
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    i looked at towel rails for months.
    then i really did need to make a decision quickly.
    i wandered into the little local plumbing supplies place and they handed me the kado brochure.
    i had my rails chosen, ordered and paid for within two minutes!

    we need three more of them though.
    i have ordered them and the electrician and builder are booked to come back and install them above the incumbents.
    we don’t really need warm towels…..it is the drying action i like.
    and they keep the dampness out of the air in there.

  • #208314

    Northshore
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    What a beautiful room! You did a great job.

  • #208316

    Anonymous

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    It’t got such tranquility! I love the bathtub under the tree before picture. Bathing under the stars!

  • #208357

    snosie
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    Bandicoot, as a fellow aussie, I was like ‘what, she has heated towel racks?’ but you did explain it, and I do agree, it’s more the dampness that we (aussies) can struggle with… And damp air makes everything horrid!

    I’m surprised you have so many light bulbs over your mirror… I suppose I’m just a stress head over big bills, but I know you are so minimal in other areas, you’ve surely thought long and hard about this lighting, and are 100% sure it’s what will work best for you.

  • #208358

    djk
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    It’s got a gloriously spa-like feel, doesn’t it? You did a great job!

  • #208361

    irishbell
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    Isn’t it funny how so many of us loved the towel racks?!
    Not just the heated part, but the pure aesthetic of them.
    Simple things bring simple joy!

  • #208374

    bandicoot
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    o yes, there is a hideous amount of bulbs over the mirror!
    however….they will only ever really be switched on for applying makeup (2 minutes) or plucking eyebrows (2 minutes).
    i did think about it, truly.
    the room has lots of natural light, but not when facing into that corner.
    it is fine on it’s own for most applications, except for makeup and eyebrows.

    our next major expense here is going to be an all-out plunge into solar power.
    we are looking at somewhere between $20K and $30K for enough to run house and workshop.
    it is a looooong term investment.

  • #208376

    Ella
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    bandicoot, you’ve made your bathroom a paradise! I love everything, but especially the tile colors and those beautiful walls. What are they made of? And the wood on the counter, what kind is that? The figuring is so lovely.

    You might want to read The Zero Waste Home for the story of their recent conversion to solar:

    http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/2012/01/wow-what-day.html

  • #208388

    Ella
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    Do make sure that your housekeepers regularly wipe clean the tops of those bulbs. Moist air will cause any dust or lint to stick there, and then it’s the devil to clean off, plus it will shorten the life of the bulbs (as I learned the hard way).

  • #208395

    bandicoot
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    ella….the walls are fully vitrified, rectified, porcelain tiles.
    i liked the colour, the gentle mottling, and the matteness.
    i liked it so much when i saw it on the walls, that i have ordered the same tile (but in a 60×60 square) for the floor of the entire house….thus ending years of indecision as to how we were going to finish the floors ( currently a mixture of cheap, ugly tiles, raw stained concrete, painted concrete).

    the timber is a prolific local scourge (the same guy made my entire kitchen from huge slabs of the same timber) ….camphor laurel.

  • #208402

    ninakk
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    I remember well when you spoke of your concrete floors the first time, but now there’s love in your voice, bandicoot, so I’m sure you’ve made the right decision!

  • #208468

    luxcat
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    I loved looking at these photos Bandicoot, I’m so glad you have the bathroom of your dreams πŸ™‚

    PS don’t forget to order extra tiles… we don’t have any for our home and one dropped pan in the kitchen could spell tile disaster

  • #208471

    bandicoot
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    we have a three or four metres of spares up our sleeves.
    maybe overkill…..but it is for the entire floor and i plan on never doing it again, ever!

  • #208577

    Joless
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    We just moved back home after a 10 month whole-house renovation! I feel your pain and your delight at the builders leaving πŸ™‚ Ours have a few more bits to do and I can’t wait until my home is my own again!

  • #208582

    irishbell
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    Joless- would love to see pics of your reno also!
    We did a 5 month whole house reno, but lived there, I feel your relief at being back home!

  • #208587

    bandicoot
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    joless, 10 months!
    you must be so happy to be home again!
    (trying…and failing….to imagine our six extremely spoilt cats being moved from home for the best part of a year in a similar scenario).
    i’d love to see photos too.

  • #208664

    mgett11
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    It’s amazing the amount of detail you put into your bathroom! I guess when you live in a place like that the designer in you really awakens.. congratulations on the new bathroom! From the tile to the shower system to the modern-looking vanity and baskets, it’s impressive. I was actually most struck by the towel bars though, that and the toilet brush. Do you know where online I can find a triple towel rail like the one you have? Also, is this the toilet brush you have beside your toilet?

  • #208665

    Astreja
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    Heads up, everyone — Mgett11 appears to be a spammer for a bathroom supply company.

    **FLUSH**

  • #208674

    mgett11
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    Anybody who posts a link is a spammer apparently. Thanks.

  • #208677

    bandicoot
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    we are jumpy here.
    we get a lotlotlot of people posting for the first ever time…with a link.
    if that’s not you, then cool.

    the toilet brush in question was an el cheapo find at our local independent rural supermarket, and it came in a pack with the spare toilet roll holder.
    i didn’t notice any actual branding on it, but it is reasonable stainless steel and the brush head is replaceable.
    i was as surprised as the next person to find it where i did.

  • #208678

    bandicoot
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    ok, i looked at your link and that looks identical to my brush.
    but mine was under AUD$15 INCL the spare toilet roll holder!

    the towel rails are here:
    http://www.reece.com.au/bathrooms/products/kado-cirque-wall-mounted-heated-towel-rail
    we have them on a timer, so they just run for four hours, twice a day.

  • #208751

    mgett11
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    haha it’s fine – it’s obviously not me. I read your post and I looked at your pictures and was driven to sign up. I “stumbled” upon it while looking for toilet brushes which is why your toilet brush stood out to me as something I’d just seen. It’s ok. You have a nice home (and a better location for it). Thanks for the link I’ll have to find it in the US.

  • #208755

    Astreja
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    @mgett11: Please accept my apology for jumping to Defcon 2 and assuming you were a spammer.

  • #220203

    TatiLie
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    Oh my, oh my!! I don’t know what I love more: your bathroom or the bathtub on the beautiful panoramic scenery.
    I’m so sorry that I NEED to show this bathroom to my husband and he will LOVE and COPY it. He may use local stones so it will be a beige version of it. Ah, and there may be two copies of it. One for our bathroom and one for his mother bathroom as the shower room seems perfect her.

  • #220217

    bandicoot
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    tatilie….thank you for the compliment!
    usually, when i travel, i am jealous of the bathrooms….previously, every single bathroom on the planet was better/nicer/more comfortable than mine.
    on this current trip, however, i must report that no bathroom has come even close to my new bathroom. i miss my bathroom!

  • #220223

    TatiLie
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    Bandicoot: I love bathrooms. I’m the kind of person who have a mental list of the nicest bathrooms I’ve been in my life. I showed the bathroom to my husband and he is curious to know if the racks are working well. We’re in Ireland and dry and warm towels is a must in our cold morning showers (we have much bigger and uglier one). Also, I noticed the peshtemals, which I never heard o,f and after a bit of Google search… I WANT SOME!! Tell me about your experience with them, will you? We used some linen cloths in a hotel in Assisi and it was nice (but it was Italian summer!). I wonder if it works well in a cold and rainy season. Sorry for all the questions.

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