Making Your Bath Better
A good bathroom layout is key to winning the bathroom remodeling game. There is no better place to start than with cards the bathroom fairy has already dealt you. Use your present lavatory as a guide to bounce off ideas so you can see what is lacking, what you need and what you want in a new bathroom.
Four common floor plans for your bathroom include: the U-shaped bathroom, the wet wall, the corridor bathroom and the L-shaped floor layout. Your layout is a key consideration because it will impact the overall scope and final cost of your bathroom remodeling project as well as what the space will feel like.
The U-shaped floor plan works best when you have a spacious cube shaped bathroom. This is great because it opens the door to a number of design options that wouldn’t be possible in a smaller space and is usually arranged with your fixtures along three adjacent walls.
The sink and vanity on one side, the toilet and storage closet on the other wall and the shower or soaking tub along the back wall.
If it was up to most plumbers the wet wall would be their layout of choice because all your fixtures are lined up along one side of the room resulting in a much easier installation of plumbing lines, vent ducts and electrical wiring since everything is essentially in one place.
More Options for Organizing Your Space
A Corridor style bathroom has the sink/vanity and toilet on one side of the room while the bathtub is on the facing wall. This layout has a tendency of feeling cramped if the allotted space does not have ample minimum clearances.
One of the most common floor plans is the L-shaped bathroom. This normally has the sink/vanity and the toilet along one side of the wall with the bathtub or shower stall along the back wall.
This style not only breaks up the unending tunnel feel of the corridor style layout but it also has the convenience of the wet wall floor plan because the drain lines and tub supply lines can be put in the same wall as your other bathroom fixtures thus making it easier to install.
If you are planning on rearranging the fixtures in your bathroom just remember that the more extensive the changes in your layout, the higher the cost of the project will be. If your budget is a primary hurdle you’d probably be better off working within your existing electrical and plumbing parameters.