please help with my two tiny depressing bathrooms
We are renovating the kitchen and - shhhh! don't tell my husband - I am thinking about the bathrooms now. I get so depressed when I look at inspiration photos for bathrooms. I don't even know what kind of lens you would need to photograph bathrooms the size of mine.
Our home is a 12-year-old, 1000 sf, 3 bedroom apartment housing a family of four. The home - though small - is designed for a family (it's a cohousing community). It's tight for us but it's a close-knit community and we need to make it work for now. Re-sale IS a consideration.
I've posted the layout below. It is very odd because there is a powder room and a bathroom side by side, off the hallway. They are both tiny, windowless, and have 7 ft ceilings. I feel horribly claustrophobic in both bathrooms. The original tiles, toilets, vanities, and wall colour are all awful and need replacing. Mold and musty towels are issues due to lack of ventilation - we use the bathroom fan but it is crummy and there are no windows.
If we weren't a family of four, I would remove the toilet from the main bathroom to create more space and feeling of luxury. Unfortunately, I think that two toilets are necessary for us. Also, I am using the complex's laundry facilities, but I want to maintain the option of installing a washer/dryer in the designated location in the powder room (re-sale).
Should I maintain the current layout? There may be significant constraints due to it being a multi-family building, load bearing walls, etc.
Some ideas I have:
* install an openable frosted window on the south wall of the bathroom (above tub)
* install a solatube in the powder room (laundry machines would block a window
* remove the drywall on the ceiling and leave pipes/vents exposed (or drywalled) to create 8 ft ceilings
* IKEA Godmorgen wall mounted vanities with drawers - with white ceramic sinks and modern single hole faucets
* install between-the-stud storage on the east wall of the bathroom
* upgrade ceiling fans to ones that actually work
* tile floors that have some continuity with adjacent hardwood for "flow" in the small spaces
* good quality wall tiles in main bathroom - possibly tile all walls since it is small? minimize grout somehow? the grout has not held up well after 12 years
* the tub is an ugly but functional white acrylic soaker tub that has lost its gloss - any way to freshen it? better options? I would love something easier to clean...I think I damaged the tub by using tile cleaning chemicals -arg.
* I really want skirted toilets - my son has "issues" and...let's just leave it at that. I need easy to clean surfaces.
Am I missing something? Any inspiration photos for me? Speciic product advice? What works for me is a soft modern look, with subtle retro/artsy/organic touches.