We're in the final stages of our basement renovation and oh joy, oh bliss, it includes a new (2nd bathroom) in our house. This is a luxury for us as we've always only had one bathroom.
I have blogged previously about the blog that got me blogging (Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone, now called A Limestone in Progress). As I mentioned, the author is incredibly talented and has undertaken a massive renovation of her home in NYC.
The transformation of her parlor bathroom is the epitome of a before and after transformation(see her after and before photos above) and is truly inspirational.
In buying our house, we were confronted with our own ugly duckling:
We knew we would gut it, and since our upstairs bath has a clawfoot tub (with shower), we decided we'd install a shower in the basement. And since it's our only proper shower, we decided to go with one of those luxy frameless glass shower numbers complete with body sprays (though my realtor recently warned us recently that it feels like you're in a car wash)!
Since we only have one other bathroom in the house, I know we'll 1) use it and 2) recover our investment if we sell.
While in Toronto this summer, we got a great deal on marble mosaic tile which we knew we'd use in the shower for the floor and for accent. After returning to Calgary we found a fabulous large format porcelain tile which looks like marble for the walls. The final step was to source the bathroom floor tile. We opted for a neutral low cost tile, as we spent the big bucks on the shower tile and the Grohe shower fixtures (which we purchased on sale). I guess you could say this is a "high-low" bathroom since our sink/vanity and toilet were purchased from the big box stores (Canadian Tire and Rona). We're in the final stages (painting and installation of the glass shower panels) so I'll post our own after photos in a few days.