Lifestyle Changes Create Necessity
Compartmentalizing your bathroom can increase functionality and privacy. If you have an ugly bathing space that you are embarrassed about, it’s time to upgrade it so that it is not longer offensive and more user friendly. The washroom is one of the most frequently remodeled rooms in the home because house owners not only want more bathing spaces in their homes but they also want more amenities as well.
One important factor that will influence the design of your lavatory is the changing lifestyles of today’s families. Segregating areas into usable sections is in. Modern lifestyle trends dictate that powder rooms must accommodate the morning rush hour. This development has created more demand for bathing facilities with more space and more conveniences.
Multiply Your Rooms Capacity
According to statistics, the average size of a bath has doubled in size since the 1970’s. His and her sinks, separate tubs and showers, and separate dressing rooms have spurred on the trend of typology in rest rooms to appropriately divide the space , effectively increasing privacy, functionality and the flow of grooming tasks and traffic.
Designing a functional room requires planning, good information, and careful thinking about your layout. Look at dividing up your bath compartment as an opportunity to de-clutter the room. The one thing that will affect the design of the chamber is the amount of space you have. Needless to say you must work within the confines of the area. In essence you must divide and conquer your rest room space. Victory shall be the cry! Onward my fellow reno crusaders…
Sharing The Amenities
Experience has shown that a shared washroom is best utilized as a series of separate alcoves . The argument with this notion is that that is fine and dandy in a larger bath where space is plentiful but may be next to impossible in diminutive sized lavatories. While the size of your space does come into play, through the clever placement of your fixtures or by the inclusion of partitions you can still offer a sense of privacy and help alleviate traffic jams.
If it is just two of you in your residence, a simple solution for a sectioned bathing space is to position the toilet and sink on opposite walls. Another bright idea is to place a half wall of tile or partition between the tub and vanity table to distinguish one function from the other and provide a semblance of privacy when grooming or taking a bath.
Space Utilization Ideas
When compartmentalizing your bathroom you must allow enough space for each fixture and function. For example; if your toilet is in a separate enclosure, will there be enough room to step in and comfortably close the door behind you? Another useful recommendation is to separate the vanity and sink from the bathing area, this enables one person to shower while the other user is fixing their hair or brushing their teeth.
Of course a fogless mirror might be helpful in order for this to work. A good place to start planning when splitting up the roo m is to think about your daily routine. Reflect on what you normally do in the morning and before you go to bed and arrange the stations so that tasks do not overlap or hinder a second person if you have to share the space.
Reduce Clutter and Increase Accessibility
One important concern with compartmentalizing your bathroom is storage. It is important to think about where things will be stored to reduce clutter and increase accessibility of sundries. Sunken compartments in your walls are a great asset for maximizing underutilized space. When getting dressed, a separate dry area for hanging your clothes would be a bonus so you don’t have to exit the room to get dressed in the morning.
Or if possible, what about making your bedroom closet accessible from the washroom, this would also expedite the dressing process. And don’t forget about mechanical and electrical codes. Placing your plumbing on exterior walls is a bad idea especially in climates where the temperature can drop significantly causing your pipes to freeze or burst. Strategically place your ventilation to combat humidity and odors.
Make Use of Unused Nooks and Crannies
In a sectioned off bath one area that most remodelers often forget about are the corners of the room. A corn er shower or vanity that bridges your walls is a space saver and provides islands of storage for amenities. With smaller baths, to open up the spatial area when grouping activities in the room, select colors that visually open up the space and try eliminating clutter in your powder room by keeping accessories to a minimum.
As you can see dividing your lavatory into logical cells can solve most problems of task flow as well a privacy issues. So what are you waiting for index your activities and create a more streamlined restroom today!