It’s been a while since a pool house update, so I thought I would fill you in. Nothing exciting is really happening, but the insulation is done. The plumbers started this week, and the heating and cooling guys are working out there as I type. All very boring, but necessary stuff but means we are finalllllly getting closer to the fun part! This has definitely not been an overnight HGTV type makeover.
Here’s the mudroom space (and yes we will be fixing the crack in the cement floor before we lay tile).
Here’s the bathroom layout.
I’m getting ready to order tile, I bought a mirror for the mudroom area, and I’m trying to pick out lighting, etc. I thought I would show you a little bit of what I’m planning at the moment. Even though we all know this is subject to change as my mind is basically a pinball machine. I will confess that I’m having a little design paralysis with this space. I’m having a hard time envisioning all of this for some reason – my creative juices are just not there at the moment! I keep asking The Mr. how we ever designed and built this whole house when I can’t even commit to a bathroom vanity this time around? But I’m sure we will get there! Here’s my tentative plan for the moment.
We plan to vertically plank all the walls in here in either paneling with sort of faux planks, or actual tongue and groove – we haven’t figured that out yet. I’m thinking since this will be mostly a kids’ space that will be a little more indestructible than drywall, plus it will look charming and pool house-y. We are going to paint it all white since these are smaller spaces and I want it to feel nice and bright.
I’ve been researching tile options for the mudroom/bathroom area on the lower level of the pool house, and I’ve landed on this gorgeous tile from Mirth Studio. It’s water-resistant and frost resistant, which is important since we will probably not keep this space heated all winter. We will most likely winterize the bathroom in the winter. We will have heat over there so we will play this all by ear and see how we use the space in the winter months. I think a smaller space like this is the perfect opportunity to play with pattern and have a little fun. The white and gray wood look of this tile is fun and coastal, and perfect for a pool house space. We are going to lay it in a square pattern as I show above.
For some color, I’m thinking of a navy vanity in the bathroom. There are a few in the running, and I’m waiting to hear back from the plumber on what size would be best here. I’m hoping we have room for a 30 inch one with some storage.
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I love the look of aged brass with the navy, so I’m leaning that way for light fixtures, but I also like mixing metals too (again with the design paralysis). I’ll also mix in black elements such as the doorknobs, and maybe the lighting in the bunk room. Here are a few fixtures that have caught my eye. Right now, number 3 is top of the list (I like the polished nickel and the brass version, not sure which I would use!), but of course, that is the most expensive one – ah! The styles are a little all over the place. As I said, I’m still on the struggle bus.
- Savoy House
- Hudson Valley Lighting
- William Sonoma
- Samual 1 light sconce
- Kater 1 light sconce
- Noah 1 light sconce
- Ryan 1 light sconce
I’m still on the hunt for a luxury vinyl plank for the upper-level bunkroom. I’m envisioning painting the bunks a maybe a gray color? These are the type of sconces I’m thinking for the ends of each bed. Again super charming, nautical and indestructible! Although I’m on the hunt for less expensive ones because these are pricey and I need four.
I have zero clue on the snack bar, I’m hoping some inspiration hits me before we work on that area! The Mr. and I are going to hit up some home improvement stores to finalize the paneling/planking options, and I’m hoping that spurs something in my brain for the design of this space! Happy Weekend!
Oh, and if you are new here you can read more about our pool house plans here.