Can anyone think of a better bathroom layout?

mlrprincetonNovember 20, 2013

We're trying to squish a master bath with shower (the other upstairs bath has a tub) into our master bedroom. Due to placement of windows, this funny long skinny rectangle is the best we could do. Expanding the bath to take up the whole window along the right side of the diagram would leave us too little bedroom.

That said, the layout is pretty bad -- the door to the bath opens directly onto the toilet, which is also centered in the window. To make it worse, the door into the bedroom is directly across from that, giving a clear line of sight from the upstairs hall straight through to the toilet when doors are open.

I personally don't think the option of hanging a mirror in front of the window would work for me as I have enough trouble with glare already, so that makes it hard to put the vanity under the window and the toilet where the vanity is now.
And closing up the window would require too much exterior work what with matching the cedar siding.

So, with those constraints, is there some better way to arrange things that I'm not thinking of? What about if I get a large enough mirror that it blocks the window altogether?
This is the best we and our contractor could come up with. Thanks in advance!

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Do you need that wide out a countertop for the vanity. We had a similar situation and went with a 36" vanity next to the toilet. With a pocket door in front of the vanity opening to the right.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 7:13PM
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Recommended toilet space is 36", minimum is 30" that would leave 15" to 21" for the sink. Here is a link you can check out. There is another article on the website that speaks to small bathrooms I think.

Here is a link that might be useful: illustrated rules of good bathroom design

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 7:46PM
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A minor adjustment to the layout, moving the door and rotating the sink:

The following leaves the door where you had it, but moves the toilet out from under the window and puts the sink there instead. I'd make it a pedestal sink to make the space in front of the door more open. Add storage in the back left corner as indicated.

And moving the door to the sidewall, creating a sort of galley bathroom. It brings all the plumbing and vents to the inside walls which is a positive, but also puts the toilet on the shared bedroom wall which can be a negative.

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 8:09PM
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Oh my God Mongoct, those are amazing!! Thank you so much! I feel silly for not thinking of your first option--a small change like moving the door would help a lot. And I'm not even going to ask you how you were able to manipulate the drawing like that. Are you a designer?

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 8:47PM
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No, he's SuperMan :)

    Bookmark   November 20, 2013 at 10:20PM
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I like mongo's second drawing quite a lot. It's so visually pleasing to center a pedestal sink on the window, and will offer a lovely sightline from the hallway. It's interesting how much more gracious it is than the other layouts.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 12:03AM
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Thanks for the kind words. Enduring, I think "StuporMan" may be more appropriate than superman. lol

LTL, I simply converted your drawing to a jpg then used the stamp tool in photoshop to make the alternative views of your original design. Fast and furious, it took maybe 10 minutes to do the three versions.

As you can see, you can do a lot of flipping and flopping to the layout. Moving the door to the sidewall will probably require a smaller door. But it's simply a matter of you analyzing how you'll use the room and what will work best for you.

If you did put the sink in front of the window, a simple option is leaving the window "as is" and using a top-down, bottom-up pleated shade inside the window. They come in near-sheer to almost opaque materials. The TDBU shades are great for bathrooms, as you can have the bottom down to the sill but drop the top down a bit to still allow some light but eliminate sight lines into the bathroom from outside.

Contemporary Dining Room by Seattle Window Treatments Anchor Blinds

Then you can install a mirror in front of the shade as needed.

And for a somewhat offbeat solution for the window and mirror, leave the window "as is" and simply add mirror panes over the existing glass panes. It would give a look similar to the "mirrored window" on the end wall of this tub:

Traditional Bathroom by Fort Worth Design-Build Firms Period Homes, Inc.

If you have a window similar to the one above, you could even mirror the bottom nine panes for your "mirror" and leave the top three panes open for natural light.

And, no I'm not a designer. Today I'm a leaf-raker. Time to go outside and do some yard work...

Good luck with your project.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2013 at 10:58AM
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