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Bathroom Transformation

We had a hideous master bathroom when we took over the apartment. Wood from the vanity top was peeling off like celery sticks, a poorly lit space that was almost pitch black when we close the door. The layout – oh, don’t let me get all worked up! Happy to report that it’s now all in the past! Before we do a complete before-after post, here’s what I can show – the BEFORE.


Peeling badly vanity top. Wood just don’t work very well in humid and wet bathrooms, especially in climates like Singapore’s.


A badly laid out bathroom meant wasted space and shitting in clear view. Not pretty indeed……

A derelict bathtub sat behind the door, taking up precious space. A corner shower diagonally opposite, right next to the toilet bowl, was totally unusable. In short, this bathroom is poorly designed. The top of my to-do list in transforming this bathroom is:

1) Let more natural light into the bathroom.

2) Move the position of the toilet bowl to the left where the unusable shower area is.

3) Hack away the bathtub to free up precious space.

So I had this pretty crazy idea of  creating an open bathroom that melts directly into the bedroom. I would have gone the full length of creating a bathroom without doors, if not for hubby’s vehement protest (“Can’t a man have his peace while he shits….?” was the retort.) I had to compromise.

To achieve (1) more natural light, we decided to hack the wall next to the door, this wall  separates the bathroom from the bedroom, (Read here on: how to hack a wall), and replace it with glass.

To achieve (2) was more of a challenge. Even though our condo was considered “private property” but the MCST was said to be quite sticky on residents not taking the condo’s piping systems into their own hands, especially sewage. I can understand why, but to have my toilet bowl right smack in the way of the door is just not going to do it. I consulted the plumber and he gave us a solution of creating two 90-degree turns to extend the hole. This meant though we now have a tall 10-cm wide pipe that we need to conceal. I decided to go ahead with this but we will raise the floor in our toilet to accommodate for the tall pipes. This again led to another problem – our water heater storage tank is hidden in the false ceiling in the toilet. If we raise the floor, and the false ceiling can’t be moved, we’re literally bumping our heads on the ceilings every time we enter the toilet. Need to think of a better way to do this.

To achieve (3) is easy. Hackers who hack walls can basically hack bathtubs too. Due to a lack of space, we decided to go with a standing shower rather than bathtubs. In the ideal world where money and space are not constraints, I would love to have both a bathtub and standing shower. But bathtubs are horrendously expensive in Singapore, and space will always be a constraint in a tiny island state.

So, watch this space as we post about our bathroom transformation. Just a sneak peak, this is what we did next:


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  1. Pingback: Moving Mountains Toilet Bowls | budgetreno

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