I gathered a small collection of lovely contemporary bathrooms that very much remind me of our own Naturalist 2. The common elements are: clean lines, soft limestones, warm woods and contemporary plumbing fittings. All featured bathrooms are quite generous in size and feature some pricy materials. On the contrary our Naturalist 2 is very small, only 35 square feet and the cost of materials will not break your bank.

I like the chunky vanity and the white towel rack complemented by the white sconces.





















A shower in Pirates Bay house by O'Connor and Houle Architecture. Nice use of wood and beautiful black fittings.






















A luxurious Naturalist shower. I like the big shower platform.





















Our Naturalist 2 bathroom.
























Our own Naturalist 2 bathroom, faucet and sink detail.





















If you like the bathrooms featured above but don’t quite have the space or the budget see how to get this look here.






We had a great first blogging season here at Uniform Design and we enjoyed creating the posts and interacting with our audience.  A big thank you to all our readers, supporters and clients – without you, there would be no point in what we are doing.  We would like to wish you all a fantastic year 2012 full of fresh ideas and dreams come true.

Below you will find the best of the best – the most popular blog posts of 2011.


The Backstory of Naturalist 1 was one of the favorite inspiration stories for our designs.


The Renovation Dos and Dont’s were and will remain a good resource for anyone who considers (or is in the midst of) a renovation.


White remains a classic favorite color for bathrooms, therefore the Story in White  was well received.


We were very excited about the Customized Townhouse 1 Bathroom in Europe, and so were our readers.


The Natural Accessories post provided simple and inexpensive ideas for introducing that feel of nature to any bathroom, and was very well received.


The Customized Naturalist 2 bathroom may be the smallest in the world, but arguably it is also one of the most beautiful.

To be continued next year…


plans and pencilIs it necessary to hire a designer to remodel your bathroom?  Certainly not.  However, there are many benefits of having a professionally designed bathroom.  Below I list a few.

1. SAVE MONEY. Yes, that is right.  Although design services are rarely free, in the end you may end up spending less money than if you went without them.  A designer will be able to chose fixtures and finishes that fit your budget, and help you avoid contractor mistakes that later need to be fixed for an additional cost.

2. SAVE TIME.  Designing a bathroom is very time consuming.  Not many people have the time to search for all the fixtures, materials and accessories that are assembled in the bathroom.  Every single object in the room needs to be carefully selected so that the end result is a well-coordinated and cohesive look.

3. SAVE YOUR SANITY.  A renovation can be really frustrating.  It often costs more and lasts longer than expected.  Designers are used to these challenges and can often avoid them by using trusted suppliers and contractors.  They will also guide you through unexpected conditions.  You will feel safe and taken care of.

4. ENJOY THE RESULTS.  Designers are highly trained professionals.  A bathroom designed by a professional will look different than a bathroom conceived without the services of one.  You will notice the difference in the details.  A thinner grout line, a base that is installed flush with the wall, well chosen lighting, an eye-pleasing composition of surfaces and objects, a smart way to create storage space – all of those elements will enhance the bathroom experience.


Renovating your bathroom (or your entire apartment) can be exciting.  It can also be exasperating.  Often it is both.

We put together a list of good ideas to implement and bad ideas to avoid during your renovation process.  We hope that this advice will make your remodel more fun and less hassle.

Ladder and contrauction material in painted room.


+ Price your renovation with at least three contractors. Even if you have a contractor that you know and trust, it is a good idea to get pricing from the competition.  Not only will this be  helpful in your contract negotiations; each contractor may give you some good ideas about cost savings or technical advice.

+ Sign a contract with your builder. Put at least the following in writing: the names and addresses of both parties, the location and scope of the project, the renovation cost and renovation schedule.

+ Order all materials and fixtures prior to commencement of renovation.  Or have your contractor do it for you.  Some items may have very long delivery times – it is beneficial to know about it upfront to avoid delays or last-minute changes.

+ Request samples of materials.   This way you can make sure that you will be getting the product you imagined or be certain that two materials match one another.

+ Inspect the work.  Even if you are not a professional, you may notice issues that the contractor missed.  Address mistakes and problems as soon as you notice them.


- Expect that you can avoid problems.  Problems are inevitable, so be prepared, do not panic and approach them with a clear head.

- Make last-minute changes.  Changes made during the construction is in progress tend to be expensive and may lead to mistakes and/or delays.

- Pay your contractor for work up-front.  Only pay for work that has been completed by the contractor and inspected by you.

Find more renovation advice in the Renovation Tips page of our Web site.  We also recommend you explore our entire Additional Resources section for more useful information regarding apartment remodeling.