Sunday, 28 June 2015

Rested and raring to go

I'm way beyond late for a Finish it off  Friday post. In fact I haven't done anything blog worthy for a while. I've taken a couple of weeks break to invest some time in my garden and to visit the beautiful border counties of Scotland. A bit of down time always spurs on my creativity.

St Mary's Loch

So in the past week I've started on the one and only room in the lodge - a bathroom. I spent a good few days considering whether interior walls would prevent me getting access to the rest of the Lodge since my big spade hands don't work well in teeny spaces. The roof will be the last thing to go on so I have time to think about that potential problem.

The bathroom is tiny; barely enough room to put in a shower, toilet and sink. I cut a 235 x 115mm 'L' out of 6mm thick MDF for the back and side wall. Then cut a 170 x 75mm hole out of the smallest wall, to house a regular size door.


I can't really tell you why I chose these proportions for the bathroom except to say that it looked okay when eyeing the rest of the room and the width is close to a standard size walk-in shower cubicle.

The door was the first thing I made - 167 x 72 (which gives me 3mm shuffle room to put in the vertical and head jamb) I really wanted to continue the theme of square/rectangle windows through the lodge so I cut two windows into the bathroom door. This was made in exactly the same way as the sliding window - a sandwich of wood-wood-glass-wood.


The door is close to the thickness of the wall. I've used 2mm cherry, then 1mm ply, then another 2mm cherry (see...wood sandwich). The 'glass' is 1mm plastic sheet that I sanded with 1000  grit sandpaper. This makes it appear frosted. You can buy frosting spray but I've never had much luck with that stuff (i.e. a fly or dust always lands on it when it's still wet)


I used the same satin black ebony stain on the door as the exterior. It just needs a set of handles and the architrave to finish it off.

Next, a shower tray.


It's very simple - a base and a 'frame' shape glued together and then painted to make it look like composite plastic.



I've borrowed a Lenham Pottery modern toilet from another build to get an idea of space.I may need something smaller, wall-hung maybe, to maximise what I can fit into there.

Next - a theme

I've opted for subway tiles set at a diagonal for the shower cubicle wall. The rest is painted Steel Parade by Dulux which looks far more blue in the picture above, than it actually is. The floor is going to be made up with a lot of formica sample tiles in a plum colour.


I like that they are textured with microdots. They look like the anti-slip rubber flooring that I have in my own bathroom.

Well that is about it. I really need to catch up on everyone's blogs and start tile cutting.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Pepper =0)


52 comments:

  1. The holiday photo is fabulous! I wonder though whether the temperature matched the blue sky ;-)
    The question 'what-next-so -that-I-still-have- access-to-everything-else' is always crucial... and the choice of you bathroom material looks great!

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    1. Hi Marion, it was actually really warm on that day and the wind dropped for about five minutes so the water became smooth and I could take the picture =0)

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  2. Parece que va a quedar estupendo y no es tan pequeño. Me gusta el suelo.

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    1. Gracias Isabel . Me alegro de que te guste =0)

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  3. Your photo from your travels is amazing! And the bathroom already looks fantastic! Can't wait to see more. xo Jennifer

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  4. Bonjour Pepper,
    Il faudrait que tu fasses une très légère pente autour de la bonde d'évacuation de la douche.
    Sinon ce sera ressemble plutôt un pédiluve...Lol!
    Bonne continuation...

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    1. Lol. Vous êtes venus pour inspecter ma plomberie? Un endroit agréable pour vous laver les pieds bien ;0P

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  5. The bathroom actually looks plenty big. Very inspiring. And your vacation pic is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Linda. Scotland is a very pretty place to visit =0)

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  6. Beautiful Scottish scenery. Must have been a very refreshing vacation.
    The bathroom looks good. Dimensions depend on what you plan to install in it.
    Right now the pottery piece doesn't look too large.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you Drora. The bathroom will soon fill up if I am not careful =0)

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  7. Hi Pepper! I am already impressed by your tiny bathroom. I am stoked about how you achieved the frosted glass because I have tried the sprays too and have never been satisfied with the results. The sanding looks sand-blasted and I love it! The shower pan has turned out well and the materials proposed for the bathroom floor are going to be a HIT, especially the color and texture!
    It makes me happy to hear that you are once again well rested and rarein' to go, but how could you bear to leave Scotland with all of that Incredible Beauty before you? What a Picture!!!! :D

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I can honestly say that Scotland is one of my favourite places to visit. It is so peaceful and beautiful in the countryside that you can easily lose hours just looking at the view =0)

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  8. me gusta mucho la planificacion del baño , y esa puerta la encuentro genial , quedo a la espera de ver los proximos avances

    besitos

    Mari

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    1. Muchas gracias Mari . Me alegro de que te guste lo que va =0)

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  9. Привет!
    Моя реальная ванна комната еще меньше чем ваша! :) :) :)
    Я люблю наблюдать за вашей работой! Я, к сожалению, не могу доделать мою работу до совершенства!
    Какая прекрасная природа! Моя душа обретает крылья, когда я вижу такую красоту!
    С уважением
    Татьяна

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    1. Спасибо Татьяна. Я люблю , чтобы увидеть красоту в природе . Это заставляет меня чувствовать себя так спокойно и счастлив =0)

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  10. What a beautiful picture. The bathroom I am sure will be nothing short of amazing. Cute concept for the door too..

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  11. Hi Pepper! What an beautiful vacation picture, the nature/landscaping at that place looks absolutely awesome :D!
    Your bathroom looks wonderful so far, I wish I had this one in RL ;)! I also love the color scheme you've chosen, violet is a very difficult color to show on the computer, because it always looks more blue than it is...
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Hi IIona. You are so right. The colour is hard to photoraph no matter what setting I use on the camera =0)

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  12. Hallo Pepper,lekker genieten van de natuur en de tuin, bij ons wordt het deze week heel warm dus lekker buiten zitten :-)
    Wat een uitdaging he om in een kleine ruime toch alles te krijgen.
    Het ziet er al super uit! Vraagje hoe laat je hout of karton lijken op kunststof zoals de douchebak ??
    Fijne week groetjes Karin

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    1. Hallo Karin . Ik geef de voorkeur plastic voor de douche omdat het gemakkelijker te schilderen . Ik heb gebruik gemaakt van hout , maar het duurde drie of vier lagen verf zodat het lijkt glad. Geniet van de zon =0)

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  13. Wow, what a gorgeous picture of the loch.

    I like where you're headed with the bathroom, it's going to look fantastic.

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  14. The bathroom looks like the perfect size for this build! And I love that shower tray!

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  15. What a wonderful place!!! And that pic is postcard worthy!! I love the door you put in and the project is surely going the right way.....love it!!! Hugs!!!

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    1. Thank you Simona, you are very kind =0)

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  16. Loving your color choices, and Scotland, and time spent in our real-life gardens.

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  17. A great shot to inspire! The countryside is amazing!

    Puttzing around a bit between breaks is perfect this time of year enjoy those down times!

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    1. It certainly is Jane. Nothing nicer than soaking up the veiws and relaxing =0)

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  18. I really enjoyed looking at your progress with the bathroom and I'm looking forward to see the tiles in place. Lucky you to have spent time in such a beautiful part of the world - I think sitting there at that Loch would increase anybody's inspiration and creativity! ;O)

    Greetings
    Birgit (who had to smile about your headline - among my several Breyer horses is one called "Raring to go")

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    1. Ah, a good name for a horse =0) Thank you Birgit

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  19. St Mary's Loch looks stunning! I find times away like that can add a lot of life to your projects at home :) The bathroom is looking great! Really like the white subway tile pattern and the shower tray is so clever. So much easier when the stall is custom with your own glass walls. Can't wait to see all the tiles on :D

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    1. Totally agree Kristine. I always feel rejuvinated after a trip to the countryside =0)

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  20. What a beautiful picture of the Loch! No wonder you wanted to wander outside! The bathroom is looking "promising" for such a small space! I am always amazed when people make wood look like ceramics!!! I am looking forward to seeing how you fit all the pieces in! It is so much fun to see what everybody is doing with this kit! I love the choice for the bathroom floor... it looks so "industrial"! And the color is right up my alley!

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    1. Thank you Bestsy. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the kits finished too. There are a lot of really talented people out there doing amazing things with this build =0)

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  21. Absolutely stunning photograph! Looks like you managed to join us on a rare period of sunshine! XD

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    1. Thank you Christine. Yeah, it wasn't raining for once *high five to Scotland* =0)

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  22. Hello Pepper,
    I'm glad you had a nice, restful holiday. Welcome back! The bathroom will be stunning. I love the tile and the diagonal pattern. It is not a huge bathroom but I think it will work beautifully.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  23. Hi Pepper,

    How beautiful is St. Mary's Loch! What a gorgeous place!

    I love your bathroom already...Perhaps it is the multiple small bathrooms I have had the pleasure of visiting...:)
    You have such a talent for capturing that sleek, modern look...I particularly love the bathroom door. It really captures that "swanky" loft feel. Nice!

    Doug

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  24. Your photo of St. Mary's Loch is stunning!!! It looks like it should be in a magazine. I love what you picked to do the bathroom and the door looks great!

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    1. Thanks Cyd. Scotland is a really beautiful place to visit =0)

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  25. Those formica tiles are perfect for mini flooring. I really like the size of the bathroom, I think it suits the build overall, sort of tiny and space saving. Great idea for frosted glass, I'll be nabbing that for potential future use.

    St. Mary's loch looks beautiful!

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    1. I think a wall hung toilet would work really well in there too! Catalano is a good brand for any bathroom inspiration should you need it, they have nice sinks too :D

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    2. Thanks Sarah. I'll have to take a look at Catalano =0)

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