Secondary bathrooms, such as the powder room and upstairs hall bath, are used by some of the most important people in your life — your kids, your guests, your mother, you.
In fact, it’s guaranteed that everyone will spend some time in one of these bathrooms every single day. Making the most of these spaces, however, gets complicated with spatial and budget constraints.
Creative planning and a clever footprint can help your bath accommodate the family, guests — and maybe even the family dog.
“Be sure to place fixtures in locations where framing and braces can show to their best advantage,” says Jonathan S. Vincent, AIA, director of design for Timberpeg.
One way to do this is by situating two furniture-style vanities back-to-back in the center of a bath space. A two-sided mirror between them allows people to groom themselves in relative privacy.
2. Split Up Space
A popular layout prominently places a double vanity or two sinks and a large soaking tub in the center of the floorplan.
“Plan for two water closets and two shower compartments so that several people can use the bath at the same time,” suggests Diane Foreman, a kitchen and bath designer with The Showplace Inc. in Redmond, Washington.
Medicine cabinets are bigger and deeper, and dresser-style vanities often include specialized storage for bath-related items. Drawer inserts intended to hold items in the kitchen are finding new life as a way to organize soaps and lotions in the bath. Large furniture-style chests are great for storing towels, bottles and grooming appliances.
No matter what square footage and space constraints you’re working with, hiring an experienced bath designer can help you make the most of your general-purpose bathrooms. Visit the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s web site (www.nkba.org) to find a certified bath designer in your area.
4. Eliminate Swinging Doors
5. Supe Up the Shower
Customize the experience so there’s enough room for two. Install multiple showerheads, body sprays, steam nozzles and hand showers to create a spa-like environment.
Kohler’s Water Tile line features 22 spray nozzles that provide stimulating hydrotherapy. The sprayer is fully adjustable and can be installed on a wall, at an angle or even in the ceiling for a waterfall effect.
6. Create More Room
Read the full story in the April 2006 issue of Timber Home Living.
Matt Collins Illustration