As great as Sketch Up is, it has its limitations. For one, you can’t really move about the space as you would in real life, so you can’t truly tell how a room will ‘feel’. Then there are the details which go unnoticed until you are actually using the space: that your elbow hits the basin bench when you turn on the bathtub tap or that you can’t comfortably reach the toilet paper. I am sure the experts who design homes for a living, have these details worked out, but I need to see things in 3D to fully appreciate how they work. This is why I took the bathroom out of the Sketch Up drawing and into the ‘real’ world, well into my shed.

In the past, I have chalked up my house, but this time I needed to bring it into the third dimension. Fortunately, we have a shed full of bits and pieces, perfect for a rough mockup. Gladly, I can say it was an exercise well worth the effort. Once I had set up the room, I could finally visualise the space that had been so neglected. I decided I wanted two sets on taps in the shower and locked in a deep tub as the base. I could plan the best location for power points and happily concluded that there was plenty of height in the shower. I could comfortably set up my ‘laundry’ without inconvenience and decided upon the bathroom windows dimensions and height. With all these details locked in, I could finally draw the bathroom up in great detail with confidence.

Below you can finally ‘tour’ the first ‘completed’ room.

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Sizing up the shower.
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The height of shower wall. Raised shower tub.
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Space for laundry as there won’t be a washing machine.
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‘Floating’ basin bench- well that’s the plan.
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Two wee drawers- handy for makeup or … drill bits?
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Sizing up the composting toilet. (It doesn’t look it but that orange chair is actually incredibly comfortable!)
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Bathroom doorway- pocket sliding door to the left.

The Bathroom

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Turning my mockup into a Sketch Up drawing.
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Bathroom entrance. A decent sized window to let in some natural light.                                               To frost or have blinds- that is the question?
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Wall removed- shower to left, basin centre and toilet to the right. The pink bench in the shower represents the option to do my laundry.. this will need to be some kind of shelf or removable table…
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Previously built medicine cabinet above the toilet.
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Objects in pink need more thought.
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Composting toilet- added a power point in case I wish to upgrade to a commercial composting toilet (with a fan). Toilet shavings in a separate compartment.
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Wardrobe just outside- have a shower, dry off, get dressed.

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