Discover a Desirable Design
Bathrooms can vary in size from a half bath hidden away in a closet to a grandeur bathing suite the size of a spacious living room. This is like opening Pandora’s Box by creating an endless number of possibilities for you to choose from.
With such variance in size and function to choose from when designing your bathroom layout which one is best for you?
Half baths or powder rooms as they are sometimes called usually consist of a toilet and sink and are more commonly located in areas of the home easily accessible to visitors.
Because these rooms are generally frequented by guests, they are often finished in nicer materials than you would normally use for larger bathrooms and also can be used to impress your guest by leaving a good impression.
Family bathrooms offer the greatest assortment of choices for layout. The need for privacy and the need for multiplicity of users can sometimes create conflict. So these bathrooms must try to cater to the needs of each member of the family unit.
Storage as well as accessibility must be addressed. The bathroom must be large enough so that you can create separate spaces where, if necessary, several people can use the room at the same time.
This can be done by compartmentalizing it so that one part is a half bath and the other half is a more public space through the use of curtains, dividers, doors or screens.
Master bathrooms are rarely seen by guest or even other members of your family and present you with the greatest opportunity to personalize your bathroom experience. In here you can create your own private spa or retreat with all the luxuries and amenities you need to let go, so allow your imagination run wild here.
Common Configurations of Beneficial Blueprints
You have the choice of a simple modest bath off the main bedroom or you can create a luxurious area with a dressing room, sitting area, an exercise space, or even more closet room.
How about dividing the space and creating a separate his and hers bathroom? The master bathroom is probably the only place where you can have some privacy so take advantage of this while you can.
This is a less common configuration yet the multiple-entry bathroom does offer greater access to the facility. There-in also lies the problem with this layout, since the room has multiple entrances the door swing plays a major role in the placement of fixtures with in the room which can lead to reduced wall space and also limit your design options.
One solution to address this problem is to have sliding doors which will take up less space and improve the flow of traffic and free up the wall space that was once congested by the swing of the doors. Just remember there can be no plumbing or wiring in the walls to hinder the doors sliding motion.
These are some of the bathroom layout options you have when designing your bathroom. Bear in mind how the various spaces relate to the intended user. If space is an issue, use shallow cabinets instead of the standard twelve inch deep ones and the addition of large mirrors will optically open up the space.
Also you will find accessorizing your bathroom easier if you use standardized towel bars, shower doors, and mirrors. Design is a give and take process. When you choose fixtures and finishes try to harmonize these with the accessories.
Well balanced fixtures, fittings and furnishings in your bathroom will create the overall style you desire and will transform your bathroom from the mundane into a beautiful showcase that will harmonize with your family’s lifestyle.