More than a bath

Are bathrooms just for taking bath/washing off? I bet to disagree!!!!

Else, why will someone pay so much attention to the design of his bathroom, putting up expensive WC, washand basin, bath tub, television,and  even a sound system?


As a Quantity surveyor, I am privy to  be involved in the construction of  residential buildings (it’s my work anyway). I remember when I just started working and was given a toilet renovation on the “highland”  to project manage, the cost of renovation alone  ran into millions of Naira, and I am like– “why spend so much on just a bathroom“, do you want to be sleeping there? But  when we had finished renovating the place, I could really see the reason for spending so much. There was just this aura and comfort  that came out of the place ,it looked like a small palace and I just felt like sleeping there all day , but then we had to pack our baggage  and leave the man’s house.


Copy Copy me, I stole inspiration from there and started thinking of how to touch up ‘’my own bathroom’’ at home. I knew  fully well that I wouldn’t be able to  afford all  the kind of fittings used in that ” big man’s bathroom’ ’ but there was something I could at  least do. So I went to a nearby decoration  store and bought  nice bathroom decorations, changed my toilet  mirror to something  more fanciful, changed my shower curtain, bought a new white  towel and yes my bathroom came alive instantly.


I discovered that after I did this small touch up to my bathroom, I started spending more time there. I would often spend minutes just viewing the decoration and guess what; different inspirations started flooding my mind. Fantastic!!!!!!

I took the experience a bit further. I put   small sticky notes on   my toilet walls, just above the  WC and I started scribbling  down  ideas on them ,from shapeless  drawings, to codes, to abbreviations, just anything that came to my mind ……. my bathroom became my favourite spot” in my small room.


This was just what I needed. I had always been looking for a place to cool off and refresh my ideas from time to time and of course I wanted  a place I could easily access anytime  , not necessarily  always booking  one  5 star hotel  because I want to retreat (for my mind)!!!


Here’s my gist, we all need a place where we can easily access, cool off and re-strategize, somewhere homely and user-friendly, where our minds can come alive and be productive. For me, my bathroom was just the place I needed for that, yours might be the balcony, kitchen, garden area, studio, bedroom or even a dark room. Wherever the place is, once you have been able to discover  it, spice it up to suit your taste and start using judiciously.






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