Avoiding the Early Morning Blues
Hurry up in there! Mom! Billy used all the hot water again! Suzy put away your dirty clothes! Welcome to the typical morning traffic jam. The family bathroom is usually the busiest room in the house most mornings. So how does the average household overcome this early morning headache? The good news is the basic layout of a family bathroom offers the greatest variety of options for the home renovator when planning out the design for her bath.
To have a successful residential bath, essentially the room must meet the needs of every member of your household. Unfortunately as in most social living situations sometimes these needs create usage conflicts that could have been avoided if they had been addressed at the planning stage. But have no fear, if you are still having these traffic issues in the morning, we can offer you some timeless planning basics so your whole family can easily get ready without a lot of fuss or confusion .
One of the most prominent conflicts is the need for privacy at odds with the necessity for several siblings to use the washroom at the same time. Another pressing issue that arises in room is the need to store personal things clashing with the need to make the space available to guest.
If you are fortunate and your present bath is large enough, you can alleviate the privacy issue by transforming part of the bathing space into a separate half-bath. An alternative solution would be to compartmentalize your layout so that several individuals can use the available space at the same time.
Storage Equals Functionality
An essential prerequisite of any household restroom is that there is enough storage space. This one element alone can make or break the critical usage factor of the chamber. Reducing clutter by having plenty of cabinets and drawers for towels, and toiletries as well as some type of hamper for wet towels and dirty laundry will keep the space for washing up not only looking tidy but also increase the safety and efficiency of the room. And don’t forget about using ledges, niches and open shelves as well as multiple vanity and cabinet drawers for toiletries and bath supplies.
The need to incorporate versatility and durable design materials sometimes makes planning a room for bathing a challenge because unlike a master bath that is only used by one or two people with similar needs, your family’s washroom must take into consideration everyone from preschool to elderly adults. Designed to be shared by several people, these rooms should be dedicated to efficiency. And while this emphasis should be the main focus when planning a family bathroom, this does not mean that your bath can’t be trendy and stylish as well.
Your job is to balance your bath’s functionality with durable, low-maintenance fixtures and surface materials that look good and are resilient. Due to its high usage throughout the day, your lavatory needs to withstand high humidity, tracked-in grime and be resistant to standing water puddling on your countertops and floors. Tile is a logical choice for protecting walls and floors, while textured enamel decorative cabinets helps repel dirty fingerprints.
When it comes to children using a family bath, plan the room so that they can use the facility without you having to be there all the time. A step-stool by the sink so they can reach the taps, a handheld shower so they can shower and wash their own hair and placing linen cabinets within their reach so they can get their own towels or put away their own dirty clothes or toys after bath-time all contribute to helping them become more self-sufficient which equals less bodies taking up the limited space.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Another excellent safety recommendation for a family domicile is to have at least one cabinet that can be locked so you can safely keep hazardous cleaning materials or medication out of the reach of those curious little fingers. Full wall length or tilting mirrors would also help when grooming and under-counter storage accommodates household members both old and young.
For comfort, safety and storage when planning out the room, a six-by-eight-foot or larger layout would be best so you have ample space. Also, try to avoid the newbie mistake by thinking that a washroom layout can only be a rectangular or square shape, use what ever space is available to you. For example by transforming an adjacent closet, you can effectively expand your usable floor space for an alcove big enough to include a tub or shower enclosure.
Dividing The Space
Another novel idea to increase the efficient usage of the room is to not just create a separate stall for your toilet but to also compartmentalize your shower enclosure as well so that multiple family members can use both compartments at the same time.
Dividing your family bathroom in half or having a side-by-side restroom connected via a sliding door creates privacy when needed but also allows access to other shared fixtures that can be used by the homes occupants when the door is open. Use these design recommendations to better plan out and help alleviate the stress of the early morning rush in your home!