Thursday, June 26, 2008

Master Bathroom Redesign

(Brendan)

My brother has been hard at work on our construction drawings and has made fantastic progress. In fact, we probably have a few posts to do to update on all of the little decisions that we've had to make over the last 2-3 weeks. One of the most impactful new updates is a re-design of the master bathroom that my brother just completed.

Original Design (click to enlarge)

Two things were a problem in the original master bathroom design. First, there was no shower depicted, and we definitely wanted a separate bath and shower as it has been Molly's dream to have a jacuzzi bathtub for a long time and this doesn't make the best combo bath/shower. But there really is no place to fit even a tiny shower in this design (it would go where the little closet is near the toilet) and so the wall behind the sinks would have to be moved, which then screws up the walk-in closet. And speaking of the walk-in closet, the fireplace flue has to go straight through the closet, which takes up space. Not only this, but apparently, per code, it should be covered be a small wall that encloses it (which isn't a bad idea anyway because it might be a little hot when a fire is going). So, all in all, the master bathroom needed a complete re-design. I think my brother's re-design is much better than the original.

Re-Design (click to enlarge)

Ah, much better. A 3' by 3' shower has been added in the bath/toilet area, and this area has been enlarged slightly to accommodate the shower. In order to allow this expansion, the door from the bathroom to the nursery/guest bedroom has been removed and the sinks have been placed where the door was. There's now a spot for the flue to go through the walk-in closet, and the closet has even been expanded! We lost some little closets in the bathroom area, but I think that's the right way to go and we can always figure out storage in other places and even use a small cabinet in the closet. And getting rid of the door was a great idea, the door wasn't necessary. When the baby is crying in the middle of the night, we were just going to end up going straight down the hall to the bedroom door anyway. Now the nursery also has more wall space for dressers and other things, so it seems like a bigger room.

4 comments:

John Curran said...

Yes, much better! Very well thought out. I wonder if there should be some access to that hall closet directly from the guest-room? Would seem to be a minor change, but convenient...

Brendan Koop said...

Yeah, we asked about that, but my brother thought that the hall was just too much solid wall space and needed some visual relief. We didn't feel strongly about it (though I do feel strongly about the aesthetics) so we didn't have any problem with this.

John Curran said...

And you can always find a perfect armoire for the guest room...

I know you wanted wall space for furniture in the guest room, particularly when used as the nursery... had thought that eliminating the door to bathroom might have provided enough wall space to give some over to closet doors.

I do see your brother's point though!

Joe Clarke said...

This looks really good. The only detail I would add is to consider a shower enclosure with a diagonal corner to free up some space in the middle of the bathroom.