If you had the budget, which part of your home would you spend it on?
For me, the bathroom.
How much would it cost for you to go to the spa everyday for say, the next 5 years? And, will you be able to get an appointment anytime you want?
Why not have our very own sanctuary to help us wind down from our frenetic lives at our convenience? Just imagine this:
White & Wood
As you know, the concept for our new home is light filled living space. For me white represents light and wood represents life and warmth. Hence, very early on, the colour scheme for our new home had already been decided – white and wood. Naturally, my dream bathroom must have these elements as well.
Big framed window with garden scene
I’ve always dreamt of unwinding in a bathroom with a view of nature at the end of a long hard day but it seemed quite impossible since we will be living in apartments stacked in the air. Also, even if we didn’t mind the privacy issue, it’s impossible for us to hack the bathroom wall and have a glass window put in place. So, it has always been just a dream to me.
One night, I came across this this photo on Pinterest while planning for our bathroom. It was late and perhaps I was tired but the door to this bathroom looked like a wooden framed mirror to me and I suddenly had an idea – we could use waterproof wood tiles as material for the “window frame” and waterproof wall paper with a garden or outdoor scene to replicate of an outdoor scene outside the “window”. Something like this, but with an outdoor background (more here, here and here).
So is a bathroom with a view possible? Yes!
First, let me show you a photo of our old showerhead:
It works but it doesn’t envelop me with water of good, strong pressure down from the top of my head to the ends of my toes and take away fatigue at the end of a day like a wide, head shower or a rain-shower can!
I used to have a yoga centre membership, my favorite has always been hot yoga but my favorite-est was being able to go to the steam room at the centre after every yoga session.
Hot yoga made a huge difference to how well I slept at night, but the steam room made a huge difference to my beauty regime. Each time before entering the steam room, I would run my fingers through my hair with a generous amount of a leave in hair mask and wrap with a towel. Then, I’d wash my hands thoroughly and then put on a facial mask. I believed (and I still do) that these DIY treatments gave me super well hydrated skin and smooth silky hair.
So my dream bathroom MUST have a steam room. It is totally possible in a HDB bathroom, since one can be installed in a tiny space of just 100 X 100 cm.
Bathtub with TV
It’s true, dehydration occurs even if you’re soaking in water but, my rationale is – you can drink water to replenish water loss but you can’t replace the enjoyment of soaking in a tub!
Maybe you’ve experienced better but I have never quite gotten over the bathtub in Sofitel, Macau. It has the perfect length, width, fittings and a TV for you to watch while you soak.
My idea tub would be a hinoki wood ofuro, which is basically a large wooden basin that you fill with water and drain after you’re done. I’m not sure if our bathroom will have enough ventilation for is to maintain the investment (my research shows that one could cost anything from $6,000 and above. The one I liked costs $20,000. *glups*). To be more realistic, I think ceramic ones will have to do.
This wouldn’t hurt too!
I read somewhere (and I was quite sure it’s a reliable source of information, just that I can’t find it now) that when you flush your toilet, bacteria / germs from the bowl is propelled into the air around. If your toothbrushes are placed somewhere nearby, what’s in the toilet bowl will be on them as well….. Yucks.
My dream bathroom should have a separate toilet bowl also because in that way, someone else can use the toilet when others are showering / bathing. Besides, I wouldn’t enjoy smelling somebody else’s business when I’m bathing.
Wall hung WC
Just because it looks minimalist and classy. It just fits into the concept of our new home. I especially like this idea, because the ledge hiding the cistern is used so well as storage for reading materials! (More wall hung WCs here, here and a cute one here).
I haven’t done enough homework to know if a wall hung toilet is possible in a BTO but one thing I’m not worried about is how I would clean the cistern if we could have one.
It would be a dream if the toilet flushes quietly, so that nobody will be disturbed by toilet visits at night.
Water temperature control and safety
I don’t want to stand in the bathroom fumbling with hot and cold water faucets to get the right temperature but I don’t want even more for Joy to catch a cold because I have to spend time getting the right temperature.
Protection from hot surfaces in the bathroom is very important to me because I don’t want Joy to be hurt, so the is perfect.
Quality, smooth functioning fittings
My friends with new homes are always reminding me that toilet fittings are something that will be used every single day. Ease of cleaning and smoothness of mechanism is super important. Here’s a video I took to show how sturdy and silky smooth Grohe’s faucets are (more information on GROHE Silkmove here).
There are plenty of toilet fittings available on taobao for cheap, but it pays to pay a little more for quality stuff that lasts and function smoothly. Besides, other than your family and/or helper, who will support you in maintaining the bathroom you’ve invested in?
I prefer to purchase bathroom fittings locally because of the customer service support I will be able to count on. Hence, a Grohe bathroom is something we will definitely consider. In Singapore, Grohe is sold through distributors but after sales customer service is owned by Grohe to maintain the service levels – did you know, they have a 24/7 call centre where you can deposit any problems easily?
I did tell you that this is my dream bathroom, you know I was dreaming, but weren’t you surprised at how there can be solutions to what I thought was impossible to achieve for a HDB bathroom? I sure am but since there is still time to completion of our new home, I won’t stop looking for practical solutions to help me build a bathroom as close to my dream as possible. If you have ideas, let me know!
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Disclosure: This post was written for Grohe as part of a blogger’s contest on the topic of “My Dream Bathroom”, prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. No other monetary compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
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