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Many people spend as little time as possible grooming themselves in the bathroom. Why not decorate your bathroom in a way that encourages you to relax in the bathtub or makes grooming routines more enjoyable?

We asked taschastrauss to walk us through everything you need to know for your very own before-and-after bathroom project.

According to Strauss, after purchasing an older house, it took her a couple of years to figure out what she and her kids needed from the house for it to be functional.

“I bought a 1940s property in 2013 with the vision to renovate over the years. I wanted to live in the house first and get a feel for the flow of the property before jumping in and doing renovations.”

“I have made some major changes to the property. Aside from adding a pool, I renovated two bathrooms and opened the kitchen and dining room up by tearing down a wall. I took out a window and installed a wooden sliding door to open up the living room.  I also transformed an empty bedroom into a walk-in closet (a really nice transformation).”

BEFORE: The bath was converted into a shower.

With regards to the bathroom renovations the info is as follows:

“The entire renovation took about 2 weeks. I went back and forth as to the placement of the shower, toilet and basin to really find the best flow for the bathroom but also to avoid moving any existing plumbing.”

She says relocating plumbing can significantly increase a renovation’s cost. “After thinking about it and spending a lot of time looking at the space I found the best way to integrate a shower into the bathroom by taking out the bath and using the existing plumbing of the current basin and using that for the shower. The existing bath plumbing was used for the new basin and the toilet remained in the same spot.”

“I used a contractor for the project but all the design and fixture decisions were my own. I spent a lot of time at Italtile Menlyn where they were extremely helpful to assist me in making the right decisions.”

“Once the space was empty and the foundation was laid for where the shower will be, I brought sample tiles to see if it all works well together. It took me about three tries to be happy with the tiles I ended up taking in the end.

AFTER: The bathroom was transformed with a second-hand cabinet that had a marble top, a shower, and tilework.

“In my first bathroom, I have subway tiles so I made the decision to continue with the theme throughout my house.  Since the house has a vintage art deco feel I decided on that specific colour scheme to be able to incorporate brass fixtures that fits in with the vintage look.”

Continuing with the vintage theme, Strauss searched antique and second-hand stores for the perfect bathroom cabinet. “I ended up finding one exactly the same as the one I have in my first bathroom – it came with a marble top which had hints of green which ended up matching the tiles in the bathroom.”

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According to Tascha, the total cost from the contractor was just over R30 000. For the fixtures, tiles, paint and new basin toilet, it amounted to about R20 000 so the total cost was +/-R50 000.

The hardest part of the project was definitely the uncertainty of whether the vision you had in your mind would come to realisation because if it doesn’t then you spent a lot of time and money on something you are not happy with, she says. “Luckily, I didn’t make any hasty decisions and I was extremely happy with the final result.”

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“I’m always keeping an eye out for new décor trends and new inspiration for upcoming projects.  A trend I’ve picked up on is bold, coloured and patterned wallpaper. I have a project in mind and I will definitely incorporate wallpaper instead of paint.”

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