‘all i wanted was a new bath’

Sophia braved damp walls and slop­ing floors to get the bath­room of her dreams

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We al­ways wanted a house that would be a pro­ject, so we could get the ex­act look we were af­ter, and we’re not afraid of hard work,’ says Sophia. ‘So it was a dream come true when my hus­band Tom and I fi­nally got the keys to our home in Oc­to­ber 2015.

How­ever, it needed a lot more work than we orig­i­nally imag­ined. The house hadn’t been dec­o­rated since the Eight­ies. The electrics and pipework were al­most retro and the walls were in re­ally bad con­di­tion. The bath­room was a top pri­or­ity as I was des­per­ate for a proper bath and a space I could re­lax in.

Mak­ing plans

I love all the plan­ning when we are dec­o­rat­ing a room and I al­ways start the ren­o­va­tion process with a lot of re­search on Pin­ter­est, In­sta­gram and of course look­ing at mag­a­zines like Style at Home. I’d seen a bath­room ren­o­va­tion on Youtube with floor tiles that looked wooden. I fell in love with them and knew they would be the ba­sis of the room. From there I planned to have dark wood with grey walls and a pop of colour.

I orig­i­nally wanted brushed brass hard­ware but the bud­get wouldn’t al­low it – and look­ing at the fin­ished room I’m glad I went for chrome in the end. With a lot of plan­ning we man­aged to work out a lay­out where we could have ev­ery­thing we wanted, in­clud­ing the new suite and shower cu­bi­cle.

The hard work

Usu­ally Tom does the ma­jor­ity of our ren­o­va­tions, but as this is our only bath­room we needed it to be ren­o­vated as quickly as pos­si­ble with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion. We hired a lo­cal guy who has helped us out on other rooms so we know how pro­fes­sional he is – Tom’s a per­fec­tion­ist too, but he knew this builder would do a bril­liant job

‘Use plants to add nat­u­ral ap­peal and to help take the mois­ture out of the room, tooõ Idea to steal

Mir­ror Magic ‘My large wall mir­ror re­flects light around in the nar­rower area of the room and dou­bles up as a small shelf too’

‘I fi­nally got the bath I wanted and went for a clas­sic-style sink and WC and a dark wood bath panel to give the room more depth’ Tra­di­tional chic

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