Expanding on Great Planning Ideas
Home additions can be exciting. Whether you are planning on incorporating a home spa into your present bathroom floor plan or you just want to include a changing or sitting area where you can put on your makeup or even enjoy a beverage station, your new bath design must seamlessly incorporate these new design elements while at the same time leaving you enough room to perform your daily amenities.
Planning is critical for any type of bathroom expansion. The first thing you must decide is whether you will be slotting in the addition to the exterior or interior of your home. It should go without saying that adding space to the exterior of your home will be a lot more expensive than if you are able to make the space internally.
Unfortunately if you don’t have any extra space in your home, then an external addition may be your only alternative.
Before you get ahead of yourself, first contact your municipal building authority to see whether or not the local building codes even allow you to expand your home. Knowing your options early in the design process will help you determine any restrictions that may hinder any of your plans.
You may also want to engage a bath designer or interior stylist early in the conceptual stage to help you come up with design solution that you may never even of thought of.
The good part about an external extension is that if your bathroom expansion is less than four feet you many not have to construct an expensive foundation to offer structural support to the bump-out.
Creating a Uniform Design Strategy
An important thing to consider when planning an addition to your bath area is to look for ways to put in these new elements without disrupting the flow of tasks and traffic through and into other rooms from your lavatory.
Consistency is the key to good bath design, so make sure the new space has the same design basics as the rest of the room.
Also a good rule of thumb is to take design indicators from the rest of your home such as door styles, light fixtures, colors, molding, or even window size and format to maintain design uniformity throughout your home.
When coming up with a bathroom layout, first put in the elements and fixtures that are essential to getting your daily washroom tasks done, next you can add your wish list or nice to have things.
Essentially putting in the basics first allows you to see just how much space you have left over for the extras. This is done so that if your wish list runs over your intended budget, then you can systematically eliminate these elements based upon a point system that ranges from must-haves to would-be-nice.
This is also a great way of gauging the size of the addition you will need to accommodate all your new bath fixtures. Try to keep your bath area as open as possible, remember that ample floor space creates a more elegant living space and facilitates functionality.