Fixtures & Fittings
These are the main aspects that will make up my bathroom, and ones which I am searching for or need to research further. Recommendations or ideas are most welcome so fire away in the comments below!
SHOWER 900 x 800mm
Ideally would love to have the shower tray to have raised sides, more like a Japanese soaking bath, as this would allow more flexibility. That said, it is proving very difficult to find something of my approximate dimensions.
The basin sits below the bathroom window and I hope to line the window sill with some established indoor plants to provide a bit of privacy. I love those basins which are actually bowls sitting on top of the bench, so I am on the hunt for one of these.
Definitely needs further research, but I think I will be keeping this one uncomplicated, though a fan appears to be recommended?
I really want to keep my bathroom paraphernalia to a minimal, however I did build a little bathroom cabinet which should be able to contain all that I need. [Click for link]
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.
As I hope to strive towards an off-grid lifestyle, I decided early on that I want to harvest rainwater. Fear not, I am not naïve to fact that it’s unlikely that I will be able to collect enough to meet the demands of the house, but at least a little is better than nothing.
I admit that the idea of plumbing has never sent me into a spiral of excitement. To be fair it probably doesn’t send many people into a ‘spiral of excitement’, but it truly has been one of the aspects of the Tiny House that I’ve least been looking forward to.