Elaine le Roux

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Name: Elaine
Surname: le Roux
Location: Bellville, Western Cape
Entry Date: Jun 30, 2020
Category: Most Beautiful
Project: Bathroom

About the Project:

The renovation of our two bathrooms has long been a dream of ours but we never got around to it since it would’ve been such an overwhelmingly big job, including the removal of floor-to-ceiling tiling, plumbing that needed to be fixed and a layout that needed changing etc. Thank goodness we came to our senses…

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The renovation of our two bathrooms has long been a dream of ours but we never got around to it since it would’ve been such an overwhelmingly big job, including the removal of floor-to-ceiling tiling, plumbing that needed to be fixed and a layout that needed changing etc. Thank goodness we came to our senses and started renovations in July of 2019. The project took about five weeks to complete, even though the Cape Town weather caused a few delays. But what a big difference these renovations made!
The old bathrooms were cold, uninspiring and outdated and the layout was less than ideal, especially the smaller bathroom of the two which was more shower than anything else. We decided the new bathrooms would have a clean and clear layout with a modern feel. So, the floor-to-ceiling tiling had to go, and the difference was already tangible. We could not change the layout as much as we wanted to because of limits on how much the plumbing could be adapted but we changed as much as we could. We replaced the floor-to-ceiling tiling with beautiful beige industrial-looking tiles (only on the floors and in the main bathroom shower) that were clean and simple and instantly gave the bathroom an updated, cleaner and warmer feel. Combined with a light mushroom-brown wall colour, the bathroom was already transformed. We got custom-made vanities for both bathrooms since our space and layout could only change so much. These vanities, which were made by the team at Franco&Son Woodwork, were designed with a modern traditional feel in mind with marbled stone tops to finish off the look. Combined with the frameless showers we installed in both bathrooms and modern bath and basins from Crystallite, the new bathrooms instantly give you a feeling of an open, refreshed, and warm space that will stand the test of time.
We finished off the bathrooms by building on this idea of a warm and modern look with the decorative elements we added. In the main bathroom, wooden shelves with a modern finish now adorn the wall above the bath; they display a trailing plant, a modern vase and rolled-up hand towels. Next to it, we added a framed print of leaves that brings a further touch of the natural to the bathroom. Between the frameless shower and bath, we added a customised plant stand with a concrete pot that combines the natural and modern look so well. We kept our accessories in both bathrooms, such as soap dispensers and tumblers, simple and modern. Furthermore, we added a runner to the main bathroom just to tie everything together and to keep feet warm in the winter months!
In the smaller bathroom, space for decorative elements was much more limited so we kept it simple by adding a print of leaves to the wall, a small plant on the vanity top and a metal plant stander next to the toilet. The soap dispenser and tumbler are the same as in the main bathroom. With these simple changes, the small bathroom also came alive.

We now have two beautiful, open and modern bathrooms that one is happy to use! As we look back at the project, we are not quite sure what took us so long to renovate them!

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Bathtub & Basins x2
19420.80
Tiles
7625.92
Durbanville Sanitary & Plumbing Supplies
16858.10
Railings & Trimmings
2481.00
46385.82

Contractors:

Ulrich Koster- Project Head
74710.00
Franco&Son Woodwork cc
18745.00
NoLimit Electrical
4448.00
UniGlass Frameless Glass Specialist
10215.00
108118
Grand Total
R154503.82