Friday, June 25, 2010

Best Bathroom Layout

This is "Best bathroom layout" by Smarter Bathroom.
Remember a bathroom is a very personal space, so any design must be well thought through, and the needs of all the users considered. Help from a professional designer will help avoiding annoying mistakes and missing clever ideas at the design stage. Time spent thinking about the project early on can save a huge amount of time money and tears later in the project.

As a general rule, these are the steps we like to take towards making the space as efficient as possible:

  1. Put the bath on the short wall. This is the best use of space.
  2. Use the corners. Shower, vanity, toilet bath, etc.
  3. Position the toilet so that it is obscured from direct view when standing at the door.
  4. Hang the door against a wall rather than into the middle of the room.
  5. Altering the window is costly and may require town planning if you are in a well built up area so avoid it if possible. If you must change the window, let in as much light as possible or make a statement with the new window.
  6. Design for a minimum shower size of 900 x 900
  7. Consider a bath. Many people wish to keep a bath for resale value. My question is do you need a bath yourself. If the answer is no, then how long do you intend to stay. If the answer is more than 10 years, then ditch the bath as the bathroom may well be looking a little tired by then, and not having the bath will be a problem the new owners will sort out. It’s a long time to be putting up with a waste of space.
  8. Consider storage for cosmetics and towels. Vanity cabinets are good for towels, and cosmetics can be stored in mirrored cabinets away from little fingers.
  9. Allow for heating and ventilation. In Victoria, you really need heating in the summer at times especially early in the morning. A heating vent in the bathroom should be retained as it dries the bathroom out in the colder months, but is will not be enough. You can choose from heat lamps, panel heaters and blow heaters.
  10. The toilet in the room or separate. We renovate a bathroom every day. I am asked by half the people to divide up the room and make the toilet separate, and the other half to open it up. It’s a personal preference. There is a trend towards more open living, with rooms becoming larger. This will eventually make its way into the bathroom.
  11. Think about who will be using the room, and what their requirements are for the space.
  12. If there is a high traffic time, a double vanity may be called for.
  13. Place fittings at appropriate heights for the users. For example if the room is used by children as well as adults, you might want to consider a rail shower that the height can be varied on to suit a multitude of users. The vanity height should be designed to suit the user. 900mm has become the standard height for the benchtop.
  14. Don’t overdo it. Bathrooms are a small space. One or two features are generally enough.


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