Things have been a bit crazy here at the Ranchette lately, hence the neglect of this blog. But in the meantime I’ve been planning a big project for a little room. This house was built in 1963, so there’s not much hope of adding a Japanese ofuro or an enormous steam shower. My top priorities for this bath are that it be functional, that every component represents something I’ve always wanted, and that it be highly, highly cleanable. Since we moved in we’ve contended with a fiberglass shower stall and a glass/aluminum sliding shower door. The fiberglass is a sort of putty color with flecks of gold glitter in it, which is why I call it the Vegas shower. And like Las Vegas, it is perpetually dirty, both from 49 years of abrasive cleaners and the many unreachable crevices in the aluminum track. For seven years I have hated it, and I am finally doing something about it.
So first, here is my dream bath…
Unfortunately, I don’t have access to a geothermal spring, nor the space to accommodate a tepidarium, caldarium, and frigidarium. My original bathroom is, however, not much of an improvement over the muddy site where these Roman baths were first erected. I reluctantly post the photos of the bath as it stands:
When we first moved in, there was some peeling vinyl flooring on the floor, and a super gross fake tile paneling on the left wall that was punctuated with ragged nail holes. It was grim. We did an under $200 “renovation” that involved a new light fixture, adding cheap white ceramic tile to the floor, replacing that wood paneling with drywall, and slapping on a coat of grayish-blue paint. Believe it or not, this was a huge improvement. But now its time has come. Here is the new plan:
Lots of gray and white, right? Not to worry, I’m planning on painting the walls fluorescent pink. No, I’m not. It’s going to be pretty subdued, and I’m going to love it that way. And the best part of this plan is going to have NO COLOR AT ALL. It’s going to be a perfectly transparent shower—very similar to this image below, except with no track holding the stationary glass panel in. Instead it will use a bracket that looks just like the hinges. And in our case, the door will be on the right, and considerably smaller. But this is the general idea.
I’ll post again as soon as I have the tile samples in hand, and we get ready to demolish the walls, floor, and the Vegas shower.