GETTING THE MOST OUT OF A BATHROOM FLOOR PLAN
When I tell someone that I’m an interior designer they immediately start talking about choosing pretty colors and finishes. And although those things are definitely an important part of interior design, I find myself trying to explain what I actually do for clients long before we get to the part with the pretty colors and finishes. My explanation must not be very good because it seems like only a handful of people actually get it. I want to tell them to go to my website and design journal and then they’ll understand.
So what is that I do? How I’m a different than other interior designers? The answer is space. I provide fine-tuned, perfected spatial design.
MOUNT VALLEY PROJECT CLIENTS
Last week when I was in Utah to see the completed Mount Valley Project, as I was leaving I was standing in the foyer visiting with my client, when she started reminiscing about the design and build process that we worked through together. She went on to say how glad she was that I take an architectural-first approach with design and that I use my social media pages and website to promote it. It helped her to see the value that someone like me could bring to their project.
She wanted the architecture and space planning of her home to be the best it could be. The color and material selections were important but she knew in time they would tire and become worn and dated, and would need to be replaced. Moving walls however after a home is built is quite another thing. So with that, nearly two years ago she reached out to see if I could help them with their semi-custom new-build. We went from room to room perfecting and improving the floor plan, designing custom cabinets, millwork, fireplace, kitchen hood, etc. etc. This process allowed for me to catch and revise problem areas while the plan was still on paper and helped us avoid surprises and problematic situations during the build process.
Below is the master bathroom floor plan for the project that was prepared by the building designer. I'll start by pointing out what's not woking with the plan:
The line-of-sight between the bedroom and bath lacks interest. As designed, there isn't anything visually interesting to connect the two spaces. From the bedroom view, all you would see is a portion of the shower wall jetting out into the space - and beyond that the closet doors.
Over-all the floor plan feels sloppy with lots of wasted space.
There is perfect symmetry on the sink and tub wall but the shower wall has no sense of balance.
As shown, the linen is a framed as a closet instead of a built-in cabinet. The closet of course would be the most cost effective but in handling it that way an opportunity is lost to add visual impact and style with a well deigned cabinet, not to mention customized storage.
The space lacks good storage, especially given the over-all size.
The space lacks continuity and balance between the different rooms, cabinets and plumbing fixtures.
The side by side shower doors seem redundant.
FINAL MASTER BATH FLOOR PLAN & ELEVATIONS
Keeping the things in mind that were bothersome about the plan, I designed new floor plan options for the clients and this is the one they choose. Notice how much nicer the space looks, feels and functions and how each of the challenges listed above were solved.
Notice ther visual balance throughout the space.
See how the large mirror is centered on the first sink cabinet.
Notice how the freestanding tub is now centered on a beautiful make-up and linen cabinet
See how the second sink is centered on the shower and laundry closet doors
Notice the improved storage
Instead of a hall like entrance, the oversized mirror and lights adds dimension and provide the perfect place for dressing
During the build process, a local photographer documented the progress for me. It was so exciting when I would receive her emails with progress images. The following photos were taken near completion. You’ll notice though that the cabinet hardware is missing because of being on backorder.
DESIGN CONCEPT BOARD
Early on in the design process I provide concept boards for my clients to help with visualization and to see if I’m on the right track aesthetically. It’s always interesting to me to see how the project evolves with the colors and materials from the beginning stages of the design process. Often we end up very similar to where we started off.
THE TAKE AWAY
Did you notice how the small changes that were made, made a huge difference in the quality of the floor plan and design? Because it was a semi-custom home I had to be judicious with the changes I proposed. This project though is another testament of how a skilled spatial designer can take a project to the next level by thoughtfully revising and perfecting an already existing plan.
Most often when someone comes to me with their plans they rarely include interior elevations and if they do have elevations they are typically way under-developed. For the kitchen and bathrooms there might be boxes that show cabinets but that’s usually it. Our homes are generally the largest personal investments we make. Investing in a skilled, educated and experienced designer will absolutely help you get the most out of your home.
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PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: JESSICA WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY