Lucky - Real Life Reno
Lucky renovated her home drawing inspiration from her childhood growing up on the beaches of Byron Bay. Her bathroom is a coastal paradise with fun pops of colour and has been achieved using our Australian Made Palm Beach Encaustic look tile in Peach.
What did you renovate? and what motivated you to renovate?
Our whole home was outdated and in need of some love. We decided to forgo the old fashioned yellow worn carpets and blue dolphin tiles as a priority.
Were you living here at the time of your renovations?
We were living in the house as it was being renovated. It is taking some time as we have busy lives. We try and DIY most of the renovations ourselves, and so mostly they are weekend projects. Our house is constantly a worksite.
How would you describe your style?
Bohemian 70’s beach shack would be the style we are aiming for. It’s our dream to one day own a beach house. I grew up in Byron Bay and I have always felt a connection to the beach, but I fell in love with a city boy. So I try and bring fun coastal vibes to our current house so that I can keep the beach life going.
I am also obsessed with all things retro and love colour.
Talk us through the process you took in the planning stages of the renovation!
Our bathroom was few years in the planning and also it took some time to save up enough money for the project. I am a huge Pinterest and Instagram lover so I’ve been collecting images to get inspiration over the years. I knew I wanted a huge bath, a large shower head, brushed brass tap-ware and a feature tile. The bathroom had to be super functional but I definitely wanted it to be a self-care oasis.
Were there any delays? How long did the renovation take?
We found it really hard to find a bathroom construction team, so once we had saved the money for the bathroom it took us a few months to find a team we were happy with. Once we found them it was only four weeks waiting and we finally had a new dream bathroom! But it was four long weeks without a shower! We had to visit friends to have showers.
What was the most challenging part of the renovation? Did anything go wrong? How did you adapt?
Finding a renovation team and working with narrow space and working around outer walls asbestos walls were difficult. We had to spend a lot of time planning our bathroom floor plan to maximise space.
Were you juggling a career as well as overlooking the renovations?
My fiancé and I both work full-time, so we knew we had to get a renovation team in to manage the job from start to finish, But it was still a lot of communication and time management during the week.
Did you and your partner or family butt heads over the design at all?
Actually, we worked very well together, my partner trusted my vision and had some very good ideas and tips. I am very lucky that we both love a similar aesthetic, even so, we sometimes butt heads over practicality and aesthetic. He doesn’t like how many plants I insist on having in the bathroom for example. But I say you cannot have too many plants!
Did you come into the TileCloud showroom to look around at tiles? Did you order samples?
No, we actually had been looking on the website at a few different tiles over a few months and took a risk and ordered Palm Beach Encaustic look tile a week out from our construction date. The risk paid off we made the right decision it was the perfect tile for the space. Delivery was prompt and we really liked the look of the tiles in the space.
Why did you choose TileCloud / What did you enjoy best about the TileCloud experience?
I found tile cloud via Instagram and had always loved your signature tiles, and I particularly loved that our tile was Australian made!
Any advice for first time renovators?
Don’t be afraid to have fun with colour and spend the extra money on signature pieces. We decided to spend more on statement pieces like our vanity and floor tile and save on plain cheaper wall tiles.
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