How to Make Bathroom Design Selections for an Investment Property

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We are only about two weeks away from the finish line for #FlippinBrushy. I hate to pick favorites, but I have a feeling the secondary bath might end up being my favorite. The primary bath is usually the focus (money and design wise), but I tend to play it more safe and keep a more classic primary. What I’m trying to say is that the secondary bath is where I usually have all the fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a before shot of the bathroom.

I’m mad at myself now that I didn’t get a good before picture of the bathroom with the shower curtain open but let’s just say there was nothing to see there, aside from a nice little window to let in some natural light. This was/is a complete gut job.

If you read our first post with design plans for the primary bath, you know that we decided to go with floating vanities in this house. Oh and I scoured the web to round up of the best floating vanities for your bathroom remodel here.

Anyway, aside from the floating vanity, I had my heart set on Terrazzo look tile. #FlippinBrushy has an undeniable mid-century modern vibe that I’m leaning into with my selections so the Terrazzo tile was a no-brainer. If Terrazzo doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve definitely seen this speckled flooring that gained popularity in the mid 1950’s often used in not only homes but hotel lobbies, restaurants, schools, and even the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While Terrazzo was most commonly used in commercial buildings in the past, it is having a resurgence in residential applications, especially in a large format tile. Because of the sheer number of options available in different sizes and colors, it is actually a fairy versatile tile for use in traditional, modern or ecclectic spaces.

Architectural Digest recently published photos of Mandy Moore’s home featuring Terrazzo in several places including the bathroom floor tile you can see here.

Don’t you just love that pattern and retro flair that the terrazzo flooring introduces to this space?

And then there’s the image that sold me on terrazzo flooring for the secondary bath. I love the combination of the flooring and floating natural wood vanity.

Image: ABI Interiors

For the shower surround, I wanted something with color to pare with a more neutral gray Terrazzo tile. Because we are spending a bit more on the flooring, I tried to go more budget on shower tile. The tile I landed on is actually the same price as classic ceramic subway tile but with more of a handmade look. One thing I like to do when I’m opting for more budget friendly tile is to add character with tile patterns. For example, in our last flip we used ceramic subway tile but installed it in a herringbone pattern instead of the standard brick pattern to add some unexpected interest. Tiles are laid horizontally (called a horizontal stack) have a tendency to create the illusion of more space, while tiles laid vertically (or in a vertical stack) tend to make the ceilings look taller. The plan is to “lift” those 8-foot ceilings at #FlippinBrushy by installing the green tile in a vertical stack pattern.

And finally we will be going with a fun white globe pendant which also feels very MCM and a large frameless round mirror. Speaking of mirrors, if you didn’t catch my big fat post on House Flipping, check it out here to see how/why I’m a big fan of frameless mirrors.

That’s it! Coming up next: #FlippingBrusy kitchen.

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