Get noticed with bold bathroom design ideas

The plumber looked at my shower and burst out laughing. “I don’t laugh when you shower,” he said, “but that thing belongs in a museum.” Our Supajet shower was installed in 1991. Fifteen years later, the engine failed. We installed a replacement motor and it continues to operate until 2021.

expect Supajet. They probably left the business themselves by creating indestructible showerheads. Now, the plumber checks the spaghetti joint of the copper pipe behind the wall. It completely broke him down.

At this point, I couldn’t help but laugh. Finally, the plumber suggested installing a Smart Thermo shower (600€ from Tilestyle).


Bathroom design from SONAS

It’s designed for less of our archaic plumbing, but he can put a motor behind a wall. I like this solution because there is no need to retire. We will also be replacing the Psycho shower curtain with a glass one (240€ also from Tilestyle).

Finally, he examined the heavy Victorian porcelain tub, sink, and loo. I’m not going to throw it all out and get a new bathroom? I told him I could change the bathroom if I had the money.

An old fashioned bathroom uses a killer amount of water and a new bathroom is definitely greener. Then again, removing and recycling a bathroom creates its own carbon footprint, as does the manufacturing process of a new bathroom.

I give this to Richard Sloan, executive director of Sonas Bathrooms. “This is the thing,” he said. “Bathrooms have a long life cycle. It is a very durable product. When a bathroom is properly designed and installed, it should last fifteen to twenty years.


Bathroom with Sir Edward’s Monkey Sanctuary wallpaper mural from Wallsauce

“If yours is working perfectly and you don’t want a different aesthetic, there’s no real reason to change it.”

That said, an old toilet is a thirsty beast. Mine can use nine liters per flush. A modern dual-flush tank will use six or four liters depending on which button you press.

“The statistics show that 30pc of our domestic water goes down the toilet,” says Sloan. “By far, this is the largest consumer of water in the household.” Unfortunately, there’s no easy eco-friendly way to get rid of a trash can.

“They are made of crockery and they are often overlooked on the way to the landfill. There is currently no solution to the ceramic recycling problem. We are currently exploring it – how to dispose of these products in a manageable way. ”


Bathroom with Palm Springs wallpaper from Mind the Gap

Maybe the forklift sellers have the answer. Old ceramic toilets can make convincing planters. I damn you don’t.

If you choose to replace a bathroom (instead of patching the old one), Sloan estimates that you’ll need to spend around €10,000.

Of this, around €4,000 would normally be spent on products – toilets, sinks, showers, storage and tile equipment – ​​and the remaining €6,000 on labor. “That would be a safe estimate,” he said.

“The cost of remodeling a bathroom has increased by about 20 units in the past few months. Installing a bathroom requires a lot of work. Usually, you will need a plumber, bricklayer, and electrician. “


Bathroom from Charlton Island with wallpaper by Catherine Rowe Designs

The entire process will take about a week, but there may be delays. “There’s a capacity crisis with good employees at the moment.”

Those who are really good at DIY, or have a talent for shopping around in search of supplies and seconds, can significantly reduce costs. Conversely, luxury products will push prices in the opposite direction.

In all practical considerations, Sloan also points out that a good bathroom is more than just a functional space.

“It is also a place to relax and reflect,” he said. “All that good stuff.” The bathroom is a place of contemplation and the ultimate bastion of solitude in the contemporary home.

“We have a young family and we try to be available. In our house, the bathroom is the only room in the house where you are allowed to lock the door.”

Sonas Bathrooms is a sponsor of the Bathroom Design of the Year competition, organized in association with the Furniture Association of Ireland.

Competition for Bachelor of Arts Honors in Interior Design at T-UD (Dublin University of Technology) who compete to design luxury hotel bathrooms using Sonas products.

They submitted their design CAD drawings, and the award-winning bathroom was built as a real-life model, for display at various Sonas exhibitions, including the Ideal Home Show.

The winner of the 2022 competition is Christian Tamayo from Bray, Co Wicklow, who designed a Japandi-style bathroom with curving green tiles that give the impression of rolling waves, a degree plate. natural wood and black Avanti double toilet (€525 each).

The dual Avanti washbasins (€345 each) are also available in matte black, featuring round black Astrid mirrors (€525 each) on each, and Harrow black basin faucets (€125 each) and mixers. bathtub (€595). Andrea’s freestanding tub is white and costs €1,695.

All of these are supplied by Sonas and sold by various retailers across the country, where prices can vary. “My main goal was to create a space that felt like home,” says Tamayo.

“I feel that adding green gives a sense of connection to nature.” Matte black sanitary ware gives definition to a design, in the way that a black frame can define a work of art.

Adjacent toilets, with only a slurry dispenser between them, can be very practical for families with young children but may be something too intimate for most Irish adults.

The jury included Jackie Carton, President of the Irish Furniture Association. “Christian created a place where you want to go,” she said.

“His bathroom is the perfect blend of design and commerciality and his use of light and texture is a prime example. The connection to biophilia – green and natural wood – has made this bathroom a very modern bathroom. “

Other winners are Caoimhe Murphy and Alva Mulready, both in their third year at TU-D.


Caoimhe Murphy’s design came in second in the competition

The Murphys design also features a black sink and toilet; Mulready’s includes a freestanding oval black tub. Matte black sanitary ware is clearly the way of the future. All three designs were praised by the jury for their practicality.

“There’s no limitless potential in what you can do with the bathroom,” observes Sloan.

“These designs are a very efficient use of space. You can see how you can deliver them in a real world environment. “

To watch,, and The Ideal Homes Show takes place at RDS, Simmonscourt, Dublin from 1 to 3 April 2022. Get noticed with bold bathroom design ideas

Fry Electronics Team

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