The bathroom is unfortunately probably the least favorite home design area to plan out. The reasons are fairly simple nobody really enjoys talking much about toilets, bathtubs or showers. Not to mention whether one sink or two is needed. However that is exactly the reason bathroom design mistakes happen in the first place, lack of conversation on the subject matter. Bathroom design is not something that anyone should take lightly. However if your buying a home you are pretty much stuck with what you get and for most people the bathrooms and the functional ability of them is a making or breaking point in all home purchasing, unless there is a remodeling option.
Here are some of the common bathroom top design mistakes to watch for:
- Plan for two people and allow for plenty of space. If the bathroom is a guest bath allow for an appropriate amount of space, however if you will be sharing the bathroom with someone the two sinks are a must do. It is virtually impossible to make do with one sink when two people are both simultaneously trying to get ready. Not to mention plan for moving around space and it is always a great aspect to add a privacy stall area that shuts away the toilet or blocks it in someway so that if two people are in the bathroom at once both can maneuver and do whatever they need to do respectfully.
- Don’t skimp on places to store things and counter areas. Women love counter areas or built in vanity areas that provide them enough space in which to spread out their makeup and do their hair. Although it is necessary to have drawers and cabinets in the bathroom, don’t skimp because they will soon fill up with towels, washcloths and toiletries if there isn’t any other linen closet available. It is almost imperative that every large bathroom needs a linen closet available for towels and toiletries. Even if you are designing a ½ bathroom make sure your still provide for appropriate storage.
- Medicine cabinets and towel racks are also a needed necessity in some instances. Plan you bathroom as precisely as possible, find out the needs of the person or people that will be using the bathroom and plan the bathroom accordingly. Some people like towel racks, some people like to use clothes hampers and will need perhaps a closet or cabinet in which to put the hamper in. Homes at one time were built with laundry shoots that transfered the laundry directly to the basement laundry area.
- Take time to measure the space for the fixtures you are installing. They are now making larger free standing tubs, larger toilets and shower stalls and if you are remodeling an older bathroom measuring is definitely the key to making sure that all your fixtures will fit in your bathroom properly. Not to mention that you will be able to even get them to your bathroom, nobody wants to be bathing in the living room because they can’t get their new bathtub up the flight of stairs. I also have a gripe on small bathtubs and small showers, plan for the person that will be using the bathroom. Moving room is definitely a necessity in the shower and small bathtubs don’t allow a person to do much soaking if you know what I mean. Many of the guest bathrooms have some of the smallest bathtubs I have ever seen.
- Don’t forget about proper bathroom ventilation. Bathrooms should have proper exhaust fan systems installed with efficient ventilation. When remodeling an older bathroom this can be the key to preventing a mold and mildew environment.
- Toilet placement is also a key design aspect. Nobody wants their toilet next to the door or out in the middle of the room. A good idea is that the toilet is placed hidden behind a small outcrop of a wall in a far corner area.
- Plan for specialty fixtures such as whirlpool tubs or large pressure showers. Most likely they will take up a lot of space in the room and need a lot of power to the system. Not to mention they most likely will be the focal point for the entire room and should be well thought out and spaced around.
- Make sure your water pressure system and hot water tank system is in proper working order for any remodeling project, especially if your bathroom is going to have a multiple jet system or some sort of high grade water usage system such as a whirlpool. All bathroom designs should be inspected properly by a plumbing contractor to make sure you will have the right systems in place to run any of the fixtures you are planning on using.
- Make sure the flooring is no slip where it needs to be, they have textured flooring for shower stalls and tiles that have grainy textures that can be utilized in bathrooms to prevent slip and falls from happening.
- The biggest mistake one can make is trying to make a bathroom project your first attempt at a “Do It Yourself” masterpiece. Bathrooms are not the easiest renovation or self building project to tackle unless you have a lot of experience under your belt. The biggest money expenditures could be having someone try to fix any mistakes that you made, if you do something wrong. Save yourself the effort and most likely you will save money. Hire a professional for the big things. Plumbing and electrical is something that nobody should skimp on when designing a bathroom.
Bathroom design is a necessity in any home and unfortunately no matter how you want to look at it everyone has to tackle it one way or another. Talk about what your needs as a family and plan your bathroom designs accordingly and your whole family will thank you.
References for this article include: HGTV.com and abathroomguide.com