Published on November 3rd, 2014 | by Ann Rickard1
Any Old Bathroom Just Won’t Do
We live in a sub-tropical climate, perfect for an al fresco shower and a spot of outdoor teeth brushing.
Oh, the naughty thrill of showering outside with nothing but a flimsy wall between you and anyone who cared to peek … and just the stars above.
So, when the notion hit me for an outdoor bathroom in my own home I approached the husband.
Fortunately, the husband is possessed of a talent that matters above all others (yes, even the one in the boudoir) – a talent to make wives all over the world pale with envy (more flattering than green.)
He is a handyman extraordinaire. “I want an outdoor bathroom,” I said casually one night, planting the seeds, after a couple of glasses of wine.
He gave his automatic reply to all my requests for handyman work because he doesn’t realise what a whiz he is with hammer and nails.
“I can’t do it,” he said.
“Ah, but you can,” I said back. “You are a handyman beyond all others. You can do anything.” (I’m good, no?)
He went away to think about this in the manner he does to all my requests, and voila! within an hour, he was back with a sketch for an outdoor bathroom complete with tiled wall, timber decking, stone vanity, rain shower, discreet screening and lush landscaping.
How about that?
So he began, and I watched in awe as the cleverer-than all- other-husbands-in-the world created this sexy Balinese- style bathroom outside our guest bedroom.
He climbed ladders, installed beams, did clever things with a leveller, hammered, dug, nailed, tiled, glued, grouted and toiled tirelessly until the alfresco bathroom was an absolute showpiece.
Why am I telling you this? Not to make you envious (although I’m like that), but it got me thinking about our need today for oasis-style bathrooms – where we can pamper ourselves as though we were in a luxurious spa.
Anyone who grew up in the 60s and had to share one pokey bathroom in a busy household will understand.
Remember the tiny cabinet above the sink, the ugly exposed plumbing, the shower over the bath, the dash to be the first in before the other rotters used the hot water? No more of that now.
(I’d invite you around for an alfresco shower if I knew you better.)