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is it rendered?

There are some toilets in the world, that you wouldn’t use even if you really had to. The ones that scare off with smell, spider webs, feces, killer-zombie-bacteria. We had one of those.

Works started with removing everything and bricking up the window to lightwell. We didn’t need the view to old plaster and pigeon shit. Then, the plumbing. Sanitary installation frame is by Grohe. Our contractors weren’t glad that we tossed the old toilet bowl away. They had to pee in this PVC tube instead. I figured, what the hell, it is still better than that sickening thing.

Next it was time to put some gypsum cardboard to cover up the substructure and some plaster deficiencies.

I’ve decided to use the same tiles in bathroom, toilet and kitchen. Some wondered why so dull, but it was obvious for me. Paradoxically I have a tendency to easily get bored with interior finishes, so if something will be there for a long time, it should be ultra minimalistic and adaptive to changes. I rearrange furniture, change textiles and all the shit’n’stuff every half a month. I’d repaint every year if it was possible. Tiles stay on walls and floors for a long time. They should have great endurance and be great background for every color I see fit.

So I ended up with Grespania Finlandia Bianco wall tiles and floor tiles by NowaGala Signum in dark grey SG13 color. They both come in 30x60cm size. White tile is super glossy and very hard to cut. I don’t regret any penny spent on them. Smaller sizes would make the toilet look bigger, but with my cleaning OCD tendencies, I figured, the less joints, the easier to clean. And these Grespanias are  really easy to clean. Nonetheless, if there is are any water stains, they are not so much visible, so I don’t have to take care of them for a long time. Floor tiles, are also great for non-cleaners. You can’t see any dirt on them, they have this heterogeneous texture of stone.

As you can see on the picture, we had the actuation plate mounted on top of the frame. There’s a little shelf, which stands empty now. I was thinking about some Zamioculcas plant there, as it doesn’t require any natural light.

The room is really tiny (0,68 square meters), but I didn’t want to join it with the bathroom. It is common that our family members barricade themselves in the bathroom, put on make-up, take very long showers. Separate toilet is a good choice. It had to have a little washbasin, so I found the smallest one there exists. It is some no-name from local building market. Ceramics isn’t top quality but it came with a little cupboard or toilet paper and other sanitary stuff. I may change it some day to something different.

I already mentioned the faucet, that stars in this motion picture. It is Il Bagno Alessi by Oras and it is worth its price. I love it.

And this is the final result:

When my friends a work saw this picture they asked whether was it a picture or an architectural visualization. It made me laugh so hard. Then I showed him this picture…

… and they were like “wow girl, respect”.

We are not at all scared of our toilet. It was the first “room” to be finished and gave us a lot motivation for future battles.

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do they look like alien’s head to you?

I had done a lot of research before buying stuff for my house. On the one hand I was limited by the budget, on the other hand I kept saying to myself, “ it is not good to buy crappy, temporary things”. Bathroom and kitchen appliances have to be top notch.

Also, I had this environmental and professional pressure on me to make my place my v-card. Hence, every room must have at least one designer thing in it.

The smallest room in our place is the toilet. I like it separated from the bathroom, never wanted to join these two. It is really tiny. Not for obese people. It had to contain a little washbasin, and I found very cheap one, tiniest there is I guess.. The toilet is also inexpensive. We liked the simple shape of it and short length.

What designer object would fit in? Faucet of course!

Normally, faucets are dull objects. The typical control lever is somehow obvious and trite. The one I picked though isn’t as obvious to use and that’s why I love it.

In order to get some water one has to pull the upper cylinder part. Rotating it changes temperature. I like the cleanliness of the design and somehow it reminds me of the Ridley Scott’s Alien’s head.

There is also available version with bidetta hand shower, that I purchased for the bathroom. I thought I would wash my hair in the washbasin, but it occurred incommodious. I wish I could switch them now’; get bidetta in the toilet and regular faucet in the bathroom. Unfortunately it isn’t possible cause they don’t have flexible pipes.

Well, never mind, what the hell.. It is Alessi :) You can check the designer’s website here

The funniest thing is that every time somebody new comes to our home, we have to instruct him/her how to get some water.

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