The busiest, smallest and most personal of these spaces I would suggest is the bathroom. Now when I say bathroom, I’m talking, powder room/ visitor’s toilet, family bathroom, separate toilet and ensuite.
When I was growing up most homes had one shared family bathroom and a separate toilet. The bathroom usually had a shower over the bath and a vanity unit with one sink, medicine cabinet with mirror on the door and very poor lighting. Young children were usually bathed in the evenings and adults showered in the morning, all managing to use the bathroom without too much hassle.
Wind the clock forward a few years. Teens want to shower in the mornings and spending hours in the bathroom, causing the bathroom to be the most argued over space in the house, especially if you have the toilet in this room as well and this is why ensuites was added to the master bedroom, giving the parents their own space and freeing up the family bathroom a little more.
Now, it’s common for family homes to have an ensuite adjoining every bedroom and a powder room included in the living spaces for visitors, especially if it is a multi level dwelling.
It’s not just the size of the space that has changed, modern technology has vastly improved the function of this space.
We now expect large well light mirrors, multi head and slide showers, heating, ventilation and electricity to run the multitude of personal hygiene and beauty devices that are used within these four small walls.
The focus of this room has become so much more now than the physicality’s of cleaning and preening. It’s about experiencing that sense of luxury to pamper our souls when soaking in the bath or enjoying a pulsating shower.
It’s time to cast a critical eye over your bathroom(s) and take a photograph of this space. This will help you see the space as it really is. Then, take some time to ask yourself the following questions, which hopefully will give you a great starting point for your bathroom(s) revitalisation.
Now, it’s time to get stuck in and give this space some tender loving care. It’s amazing what a difference some imagination and elbow grease can make to an often neglected part of your home.
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