Bathroom off a kitchen? Yes or No? New house plan
I hope you can help me. Are bathrooms off the kitchen a good thing or not?
I am building a new house and the plan calls for a bathroom right off the kitchen in the mud room area. I don't know if I am in love with the location, it means guests having to come through the kitchen to a possibly "messy" mud room/garage area/drop off area to access the powder room. Also even family coming through the kitchen just to the bathroom just irks me. I don't want to be in the kitchen and constantly know who is in the bathroom doing what if you kwim. But may I am wrong and it is convenient? We live in a snow area and I guess if you need to go quickly to the bathroom when you enter the house after boots off etc it's right there.
The alternative I thought of would be to shave off some space from the study (or expand that area) and lose the entry closet and put a powder room at the base of the stairs. That's my only other thought. The only thing I don't like about that is staring into a bathroom when I walk down the stairs, but maybe I can off-set the door and make sure people close it after (good luck...). I don't mind loosing a foyer closet, no biggie I think, or I can steal some space from the dining room to create a new one, it's really may be more of a flex room anyway as all of our eating will be in the kitchen. I can also just take jackets and put them in my mud room for guests (we don't formally entertain that often anyway)
If I got rid of the bathroom off the kitchen, I would convert it to a bigger pantry - which I really like the idea of in theory!
Oh I am getting rid of the WIC in the mud room area btw, so putting the bathroom there is not an option. It will be opened up and all mud room, I need big lockers and a big bench area (kids, boots, etc..)
Any thoughts would be much appreciated!!