The Bucket List Family spent an adventure-filled week in Fiji, an environment similar to Hawaii, which offered valuable insights for what they wanted in their remodeled bathroom. Catch the full experience in episode 5 of Traveling Home.
The Gees—the Bucket List Family—took a beautiful hike on Fiji and swam under a waterfall. This gave Garrett the inspiration for something he wants in his bathroom: a shower that provides an experience as similar to a waterfall as possible.
While Andy and Candis Meredith, the Gee’s home remodeling experts, didn’t install a waterfall, they did come up with an indoor/outdoor shower solution that brings nature into the bathroom.
The Bucket List Family is always looking for adventure and on Hawaii that adventure comes with plenty of sand. The indoor/outdoor shower is the perfect solution to clean off sand before entering the house.
The outdoor shower features a beautiful wood wall and is surrounded by plants to provide privacy while staying in nature. Inside the bathroom, are dual showers with an ocean view.
A minimalist bathroom
In addition to the convenient shower, the Gees wanted a bathroom that supports their minimalist lifestyle.
Minimalist bathrooms are a popular trend that combines design and functionality to transform a traditionally cold and sterile room into a more comfortable space.
For the Gees’ bathroom, this meant:
- A custom-built furo (Japanese style tub) with extra tall sides. This unique tub fulfilled a special challenge from Garrett who wanted the deepest bathtub Andy and Candis could find.
- Simplification of items in the bathroom. There’s no bathroom storage at all in this bathroom. Everything in the bathroom has an immediate purpose, or it doesn’t belong.
- Neutral colored waterproof plaster walls that are contrasted with the hexagon floor tiles and metallic fixtures.
- Everything should have a function. Take an inventory of everything in your bathroom and determine how frequently you use it. Only keep items you regularly use.
- Think quality over quantity. As you reduce the items in your bathroom, you can put greater emphasis on the items you keep. This is a fun opportunity to opt for nicer towels, lighting, or fixtures as these become the focal point of the room.
- Stick with neutral colors. A neutral color palette keeps the room simple and makes accent pieces stand out.
- Add contrast. Patterns, wood, or metal add warmth and texture to provide contrast to neutral colors.
- Reduce clutter. Remove or restructure areas that tend to gather clutter. Keeping countertops clear helps maintain the minimalist look of the room. Don’t just tuck everything under a cabinet either. The idea of minimalism is that everything has a purpose and a place.
- Add natural elements. Adding natural light, plants, or light natural wood colors can breathe a feeling of life and energy into a bathroom.
- Don’t be afraid of empty spaces. Empty (or partially empty) shelves add to the feeling of openness in a minimalist bathroom.