Behemoth Bathroom

Finally, the time has come to tackle the bathroom reno! It has been 5 years in the making and the decisions don’t come easy. With a space of 18m2 getting the vision I have out of my head and into reality hasn’t been easy, but we think we are almost there! So here is an update on the direction we are heading in.

Below is our inspiration image. This tile combination we have chosen but we have decided that as much as we like the light colour of the floor, we will use the dark colour. A light floor makes me nervous for how dirty the grout will be. So we will use the dark grey on the floor as well as the feature wall in the shower.

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We have already ordered all of our taps and showerheads from Australia. We have chosen to go for Matte Black as a point of difference. Here is an example of one of the taps and mixers. They come from a range called Milli Pure and Scala.


We also plan to have this Ethnicraft cabinet with two basins on top.



The bathroom will have a dividing wall which will seperate off a double shower. The bath may or may not be built up on a platform (still can’t decide) and will have a floor mounted, matte black bath spout.

We have already bought this bath and will soon get this toilet…

Here is a very rough sketch of the layout… taking no scale in to consideration. 🙂


Just a reminder of how the bathroom looked before to keep us motivated! These are some photos during the project of demolition which Fredrik and Pelle undertook last week…

Now it looks like this…

We have a long way to go, this week some guys will come to jackhammer up the concrete floor so the plumber can come in and lay new pipes. I don’t even dare to guess how long this project will take…

Watch this space for updates! I will also soon share an update on the landscaping… I have been really lazy putting up the status, but now I need to keep it updated so I can keep the motivation. Looking back at this blog we realise how far we have come.

Open plan living area

Finally, the wall is all down. In just 1 hour today we turned two bedrooms and a living area in to an open plan space which will be the new kitchen and living area. It feels massive now, super excited that the master plan is starting to become a reality. I can’t wait until we raise the ceiling and put in the ceiling windows… it is going to look amazing!

Here is a video of our demolition, you can see the before, during and after. 1 hour of work in 2 minutes…

And the wall begins to fall….

Today we were busy little bees! We had some helpers from Västervik in the form of Fredrik’s Mum and Brother. The extra muscle definitely made a difference today, the wall is only about half way down and OMG does one wall result in a LOT of wheelbarrows full of rubble! I started off by cleaning out the room where the heating pump is currently located as tomorrow the removal of this pretty thing in the pic below is happening. Is it only me or does this look like something from a horror film?


Otherwise… this is pretty much what happened today summed up in to a 10 second film:

The outcome?

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Renovation Vacation

Now that our holidays have started it is time to really get cracking. We move in to the house in 3 weeks, so we need to make the inside a little bit more livable. We have prioritised one room downstairs which will be our temporary bedroom so we have done a quick paint job and thrown in some cheap floorboards. All experienced renovators tell us a fresh bedroom is REALLY important, so we have listened.

Sometimes it feels overwhelming, but we just need to keep focused and take it one step at a time.

Check out the photos of our progress:

The temporary bedroom:




Is Fredrik renovating or Breaking Bad with Heisenberg? IMG_3492IMG_3495

It is a bit hot in plastic overalls:IMG_3498

Filling up the holes:

IMG_3579A coat of paint:bild (5)Floorboards in:
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Just some skirting boards left and we can sleep in here… oh… and a new light!!

Some other happenings on the constructions site have included:

Deliveries galore from Beijer:IMG_3565

A much anticipated bin, the amount of rubbish is just ridiculous! IMG_3575

Fredrik aka McGyver decided to make it easier to get stuff in the bin so instead of walking down the stairs, he constructed this little platform for us to throw the rubbish from. The boy is a genius.IMG_3581


We’ve also began demolishing upstairs ready for our living area:IMG_3580IMG_3589IMG_3203

A Swede and a Sledge Hammer

Today we had Nina over to show her the house and she was pretty keen to get in to some demolition, so we let her loose on the downstairs area. This room we are doing a quick tidy up with a coat of paint and floor boards so we have a relatively fresh room to sleep in when we first move in, until our bedroom is ready.

So we started with this room:IMG_5734

Carefully removed the skirtings first:IMG_3324

Then Nina got hold of this:IMG_3321

And this happened:

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I also had a bit of a go at it: 

Once the wardrobe was out, we began to remove the disgusting orange carpet only to uncover some tiles which look like they are brand new!

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It was a pretty fun day and anyone who messes with me… I have Nina on my team, watch that video of her with that sledge hammer… be afraid! After photos coming soon!