Basement Bathroom Addition

By Kate Riley April 18, 2016

My brother Nate and my sister-in-law Liz just finished remodeling a house, you’ll recall their kitchen makeover I featured last month. With they purchased their home it came this space that is much like a basement, it does have a door that leads to the backyard but other than that there are no windows. They envisioned closing up the ceiling and adding a media/guest room down here and also a bathroom and just last week they finished the bathroom space.

I shopped with Liz at Floor & Decor last year since I’ve partnered with that company in the past. They have such great products and huge selection, and any time you visit you can pick up all the tile you need for your project which is what we did, I love that convenience and hands-on experience of picking each and every tile for your project.

The closest thing I had to a “before” shot was this one I snapped last year. That awkward toilet room on the left that you see was removed and a new bathroom was added on the right side of this space leaving room for a sofa and media wall on the left, I’ll feature that as soon as we built out their media center.


I popped by to photograph the bathroom yesterday and was so delighted to see the finished space. Since this bathroom has no windows I had to photograph it with the lights on which I always hesitate to do since any photographer prefers natural light as a source of illumination but hey, the show must go on, so this space was photographed with the lights turned on.

The bathroom measures 5 x 8′ and they sure squeezed a lot of style into this small bathroom!

basement bathroom

basement bathroom vanity

In the shower, Liz and I both loved the idea of a feature wall of tile as a decorative element looking in to the space.

feature tile wall

From far away the tile appears to be a delicate polka dot but up close it’s a soft floral geometric mosaic that begs you to reach out and touch it. It has mocha brown dots that complement the plank tile flooring. The floral motif is a medley of marble pieces with gray and brown tones, ehich pulls in the gray tones in the tile on shower’s sides, it is Bianca Carrara but in the 6 x 12” size. They also built into the shower a shampoo/conditioner niche, another smart shower design idea.

floral geometric mosaic

shampoo niche


For added luxury, they added a rain shower overhead and a contemporary spray shower nozzle as well, both by Grohe.

grohe spray shower


The vanity was purchased online a few months ago, it’s the Simpli Home Paige Single Vanity with Marble Top which you may be able to find with a search, the faucet is by Delta.

gray bathroom vanity

vanity faucet

basement bathroom vanity

Many thanks to Floor & Decor for donating the tile for the shower walls, the tile completely makes the space! Congrats Nate and Liz on the new bathroom that they can enjoy and also share with guests. Nicely done!

*This post brought to you in partnership with Floor & Decor, all opinions are my own.


  1. I love the tile feature wall and that you used the plank tile for the shower pan as well. Really sleek and calming. Beautiful materials!

  2. This is beautiful. I love how you used the floor tile in the shower and tied it together with the feature wall. Question – in our area – plumbers put the control valves near the shower entry door so you don’t have to get doused in cold water turning on the shower, was this considered for this installation?

  3. What a beautiful bathroom! I NEED that toilet paper holder! Do you know where they got it?

  4. Beautiful bathroom. Speaking of the lights are they LED? I would love to have that amount of light in my dark bathroom!

  5. Really really beautifully done! The tile for the feature wall is gorgeous. They certainly did squueze a lot of style into that space. It doesn’t appear small at all to me. It is so crisp, fresh, sleek and love the contemporary look. You all are so talented! Oh, I was curious if you would share the wall color? Thank you!

  6. Who makes that toilet? I love that it has smooth sides. Perfectly easy to clean! Especially with two boys…!

    • Let me find out the brand for the toilet Sharon, you’re right it is a sleeker design. (And also the lights Deborah).

  7. It’s a beautiful job! I love the shower feature wall…at first glance, I thought it was a basketweave tile. The floral is so unique.

  8. Please tell me about the toilet. I see it very narrow and boxy at the bottom.

    I am remodeling a 50’s house and want to move the toilets without having to move the pluming. However I have found the toilets that don’t flush down very ugly.

    Does this toilet have any special feature?

    Thank you.

  9. Wow! looks really good. They did a great job on this. Gave me some ideas for a couple of future projects I’m planning for. Thanks for the post.

  10. Hi! Nobody mentions the floor tile – that’s the part I love the most (it makes the room look so much bigger!) We have a 5×8 bathroom we are getting ready to demo, and I need to know what floor tile they used! Thanks!

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