The expression or phrase “Rob Peter to pay Paul” is a very old English idiom. And its exact origin is unclear. If you take funds from one source to repay a debt, you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul. For example: if someone takes out a second mortgage on their house so they can buy a condo in Florida, they are robbing Peter to pay Paul. There’s no point in robbing Peter to pay Paul, as far as I am concerned. After all, anyone who does that will still be in debt. Am I right?
I guess I’m just not a fan of the expression, rob Peter to pay Paul. I don’t like the idea of taking something from someone without permission. Rob and steal both mean to take something from someone without permission. That’s what Peter did to Paul.
I prefer the words “borrow” and “lend.” But those two words can be super confusing. It’s easy to mix them up. “Borrow” means you want to take something that belongs to someone else, while “lend” means that you’re temporarily giving an item to someone.
I typically do not write about Apostles or spend time defining words when I start off writing about a finished design. But hang on. I need you to pinky promise that you will not stop reading today’s blog.
The kitchen may be the “heart of the home,” but the master bath is the grand retreat. It’s the place you go to unwind after a long day. A shower is the place to treat yourself with some much deserved “me” time after a busy day. There are few things more rewarding than a nice long hot shower or bath. This is one of the big reasons master bathroom remodels are so highly sought after among homeowners.
Our new clients, Eugene and Dorothy, in Rotonda West, Florida felt the same way. Their master bathroom was 17 years old. They felt it needed a renovation to better serve as an at-home escape. Eugene came to us with hopes of recreating their existing shower space into something they had always wanted; something they could enjoy for years to come.
The existing bathroom was functional and had held up nicely over the years, but the size of the shower wasn’t what the homeowners had envisioned. Dorothy didn’t like the size of the shower at all. It was small. As in I-can-spread-out-my-arms-and-almost-touch-all-four-walls small.
They wanted an aging-in-place design so as they age, they could remain in their home indefinitely. They wanted to “borrow” space from an adjacent closet to expand their shower. They thought if they “borrowed” the space from their linen closet, they could reconfigure the existing shower space to dramatically improve size and flow. (Did you see what I did here? Instead of “rob,” or “steal,” or “take,” the homeowners planned to “borrow” the adjacent space.)
They also wanted a doorless shower. A doorless shower, or walk-in or Roman shower, is one of the most sought-after features of a bathroom these days. And while the idea itself has been around for quite some time, there is really nothing old-fashioned or retro about having a doorless shower in your bathroom.
So, why a doorless shower? Well, the obvious answer is a doorless shower means less cleaning. And who doesn’t love that argument?! In any traditional shower, the glass door and glass sides are the places you will need to clean most often. There’s usually shower gel or soap scum residue that’s glaringly visible on glass. This leads to most homeowners constantly wiping down glass surfaces.
Let’s dig in and talk details. First I measured and sketched out a detailed floor plan. Then the Just Counters & other stuff team: Aaron Shaffer and Paul Damon professionally removed the mirrored closet bi-folding doors, the linen closet, shower wall tiles, and extended the length of the new shower wall. They applied new drywall, taped, mudded, and applied texture where needed. Next Color Tile Carpets Plus chipped concrete where the previous linen closet had been and extended into the elongated new shower. Color Tile installed cement board, 2 shower niches and Saturnia Travertine tiles to the shower walls. Reminiscent of a luxurious Renaissance Italian villa, these tiles brought character and charm to the beautiful new shower. They also installed Ocean Stone tan sliced on the shower floor and Listello cappuccino stack as decorative tiles. Pipedream Plumbing installed the plumbing fixtures. The teak wood shower bench with shelf from Bed Bath & Beyond is handcrafted and is a perfect solution for this shower. This high-quality teak is a highly durable, natural, and water-resistant material ideal for wet locations.
Shall we have one more look at the “before” and “after” photos? Well, if you insist.
This is a perfect example of how “borrowing” a small space can have such a big impact on a walk-in shower!
Take care until I see you next week!