Segregating and Utilizing Usage Patterns
By its very nature because of the tasks you perform in it your bathroom is a private place. If you are re-designing your bath and have a family with multiple members that want to use the facility at the same time, this could be a real headache as everyone fights for their turn.
The most effective way to allow several people to use your washroom simultaneously is to compartmentalize your bath. Placement of windows and window coverings also play an important role in the privacy of your loo.
Compartmentalization allows more than one person to share the same space while still maintaining privacy.
This can be achieved by housing the toilet in a separate compartment (sometimes this may even include the shower area) usually divided by a partition of frosted glass to endure the penetration of light or a semi secluded wall that offers modest separation between sections of your bath without completely closing off portions of the bath from each other.
While a separate toilet area provides the most privacy it is important to allow light into the secluded portion of your bath, this can be done through the installation of multiple light fixtures on your bathroom ceiling or using frosted glass as your separation material without blocking the light.
Another thing that people sometimes forget about when dealing with bathroom privacy are the sounds emitting from within and outside the facilities. Inside your bathroom installing a ventilation fan not only drowns out the sound of flushing toilets it also helps ventilate the room from any pungent smells.
Making sure your walls are well insulated with wallboard designed to deaden sound ensures that others in adjacent rooms will not be disturbed by you taking a shower or flushing the toilet if you are on conflicting timetables.
High Windows Help Maintain a Discreet Bathing Space
If you are in a rural area then privacy will not be so much of an issue because there is no one around to peer into your bathroom. On the other hand, if you live in a metropolitan area then installing narrow horizontal windows high up on your bathroom wall offers a good privacy solution if your neighbours house is only a few meters away.
If this cannot be achieved then frosted glass on your windows or Venetian blinds, vertical blinds or pull down shades may be your only other alternative to ensure privacy while allowing light to come in.
A special note here is that if you do decide to use fabrics as your bathroom window dressing, use moisture resistant curtains designed for the outdoors to reduce the possibility of mold and mildew taking root in your bathroom.
For most households privacy is not an issue unless you make it one, sharing your bathroom with your spouse or children can be achieved with consent and understanding that you all need to use the space. The other alternative is to set up a usage schedule or compartmentalize your bath.