I am not even sharing the reveal pics here, I would much rather share the fabulous space below. So I started playing "what if it were me" & decided to share (scroll down for more).
Top of my agenda: create some visual drama & hide the toilet.
The contestants were all guilty of placing the bathroom items all around the edges. A classic mistake that you most often see in living rooms where all the furniture is pressed up against the wall.
With so much space I was surprised nobody changed the shape of the room. I thought it was screaming for a dividing wall to hide the shower and loo behind, creating a backdrop for the bath. How gorgeous does this design look above.
Don't mistake size for luxury
I thought all of the contestant's could have considered making the bathrooms a little bit smaller and giving some space back to the walk in robe. Ben & Andy did exactly that and the size of their bathroom was fine even if the finishes were bland. I am not convinced that a cavernous bathroom is that desirable, I would much rather have an extra room or walk in robe space.
Plus a large bathroom is super expensive to build, so much more space to tile, far more underfloor heating required which is costly to install and to run.
Now I don't have exact room measurements, and I know the contestants battle against time constraints, but this is what I would have done.
Option 1: center entrance, bath against feature wall, hidden shower & toilet
- The entrance did not have to stay tucked against the side of the room. Centering the door would have been a super easy way to create a gorgeous view walking into the bathroom.
- Build a center feature wall: a wall for the bath to stand against, and create privacy screens for the shower and toilet.
- The wall doesn't have to go all the way to the ceiling, just high enough to screen the shower & loo. Placing the shower on the window side would ensure it is plenty light enough.
- The toilet is neatly screened, so not a luxe item to look at.
- The bath against the wall creates a fabulous feature, this is the type of drama I like. A fab place for a really luxe tile or gorgeous mirror.
- His & hers basins to left and right of centered door.
Option 2: separate toilet & storage at entrance, super long vanity, bath with shower behind
This one does depend on the room being wide enough, but I think it could have worked in the spaces they had.
- Toilet in separate cubicle at entrance
- Built in linen or storage cupboard opposite toilet door
- Position bath as focal point through entrance
- Glass screen behind bath separates bath from shower
- Super long vanity against right hand wall
Option 3: separate toilet & storage at entrance, super long vanity, shower at end
A variation on option 2, leave out the bath altogether and create a super generous shower, maybe even a steam room. Create space for a makeup or dressing table, a real luxury.
I know it is really easy to be an armchair critic but these bathrooms were a disappointment and I wouldn't pay premium prices for any of them. Lets hope they are full of good ideas next week. Less drama drama, more interior drama.