NEW BUILD - GIRL'S BED & BATH DESIGN
The Levee Rules Project is a custom, new build located in the heart of some of the most fertile soil in the Sacramento Valley. The property is surrounded by magnificent orchards.
As is typical with new build projects, the clients reached out for us to be the fresh pair of eyes. They wanted to make sure that they hadn’t missed anything, and to put their minds at rest in areas of the floor plan that were feeling off to them.
We jumped in with the bathroom designs, all of which are ensuites, except one. For this post, I’ll be sharing the designs for a girl’s bathroom and bedroom. To see the boys’ baths for this project, go here.
The first thing that needs to be done, when solving spatial problems is to identify what’s not working well, or doesn’t make sense. Here’s the architect’s plan. Notice the call-outs pointing out the design challenges.
REVISED FLOOR PLAN
Now take a look at how we solved the spatial problems. This is what I call fine-tuning or perfecting. With some finessing, we were able to solve each of the challenges noted - and without making huge changes to the footprint of the spaces. This is what we did:
To solve the toilet issue, we were able to swap the location of the toilet and tub, and wow, keep scrolling to see what that small change inspired!
No more door congestion - we simplified things by adding a pocket door to the bathroom, with the option to eliminate it entirely, if the clients preferred.
We eliminated the awkward framed-in storage, and then more than doubled the amount of storage that was there by incorporating built-in cabinets.
The bathroom window now has room to breath - we divided the cabinet into thirds, with the portions on the end being 21”d, instead the standard 24”d. The sink section. remained at 24”d. Reducing the depth of the cabinets near the window eliminated crowding but it also gave us an opportunity to create interesting depth within the cabinet.
The bedroom closet is no longer a dark tunnel. By switching the doors to the long wall it provides more light and ease with seeing and entering the closet.
This just might be my favorite part of the whole project! Once the tub was relocated, and being inspired by the curved fixtures we selected, we saw that we had space to do a barrel, tiled arch above the tub alcove. Now, I can’t wait to see it done - it’s the perfect feature for a little girl’s bath!
FINSIHES & SELECTIONS
THE TAKE AWAY
Often when clients come to us for feedback with their floor plans for new build projects its because they are feeling unsettled. Things feel off but they aren’t sure how to resolve them. The answer to this is to follow your gut. Reach out and involve a designer who is skilled at space planning, sooner than later. It will keep you from regret.
Keep this in mind too, as is often the case, the changes we made were minor. It’s always, always best to solve issues on paper and before construction even starts.
Don’t move forward with a plan that keeps you up at night. Slow down and get the help you need.