This weekend instead of running around from store to store weighing the pros and cons of different materials, Eric and I took the time at home to go over our materials list for the guest house, map out our orders and put a rough timeline together for the project. Yes, I did this with Excel and Project as well as Chief Architect. Yes, you read that right - I am a total nerd. There are still some things up in the air but we are at a place now where we can start placing orders and moving forward – yay!
One sticking point we had was deciding on the form factor of some of the tiles – tiles we liked with interesting form factors (like other than square) were about three times the price of what we wanted to spend. We thought about cutting the tiles to the right shape but needed to weigh out the upfront costs against the time/energy it would take us to cut. Well Excel did quick work of that – we are going to take the time to cut as it's just a waste of money to order them in different shapes. Since we are going with mostly porcelain tiles for the ones that need cutting it shouldn't be too bad – sure it will add some overhead but it will save us a ton of money!
Then we found ourselves a bit limited with what we could do in Chief Architect in terms of customizing tile choices and form factors – only one way to fix that – graph paper and colored pencils! Eric wanted a fancy design but I was concerned with it being too busy with since the bathroom is not that big and we are using a lot of small being tiles. So he sketched it out here:
So I agreed that it's not too busy and the vanity doesn't take up too much of the space to render the mosaic useless - we are off to a good start.
Then I wanted to do the shower "water wall" (as I call it) with the multi-colored glass sticks from floor to ceiling flanked by brick pattern 12x6 cut beige tiles also vertical. Eric was concerned this would be too busy and wanted the 6x12s to align vertically. I thought that might look weird so I sketched it out – color and all!
Left side is MUCH better and he agreed after seeing on paper. Man, my colored pencils do not do that tile justice but its close enough.
So then we went to Home Depot to order our kitchen cabinets (more on that later!) and to special order the dark hex tiles for the shower pan. Unfortunately we only needed 13 tiles and they come 10 to a case so we needed to order two and will have a lot of extra. Eric wanted to use a beige and green glass tile for the border around the mosaic that I was never really 100% jazzed about. But now presented with lots of extra hex tile I think we'll just use 3" strips of the hex as a border in the floor to break up the beige and add some more fun shapes.
Then I got a little crazy, getting images of the tiles from the web and photo-shopping the crap outta them to make it all work. I present to you the bird's eye view of our soon-to-be bathroom floor
Cool! And just for good measure this is what the tile wainscot subway tile wall with chair rail will sort of look like:
The tiles are a bit lighter in real life but this is pretty close. Overall I'm impressed with restraint – normally I don't do beige. But this should be a very timeless bathroom that appeals to many people's tastes. We plan on pulling in the blue from the tile in the wall color (a lighter more muted blue) as well as with tiles and accessories. Don't want too much beige overload!