BOYS' BATHROOM DESIGN - MOUNT VALLEY PROJECT
While going thorough each of the rooms on the plans at the Mount Valley Project we discovered ways we could improve the spaces. At first glance, the floor plan for the boys’ bathroom looked fine, but with a closer look we saw that as drawn there wouldn’t be enough room between the window trims and edge of the the mirror without crowding the space.
FINESSING THE PLAN
So we did some finessing…besides making adjustments for the sink and mirror, we needed a place for lighting, a hand towel hook, hand soap, storage, and counter space.
In order to accommodate everything, while still making sure we had nice center lines and balance, this is what we did:
Offset the location of the sink by dividing the cabinet into thirds, giving the majority of the space to the sink cabinet
Specified a sink that fit nicely in the cabinet while still providing ample room for washing and brushing
Placed the mirror centered on the sink
Maintained the standard 24” cabinet depth at the sink and added furniture legs to give that portion of the cabinet more visual weight and prominence
We included drawers in the remaining portion of the cabinet, and reduced the depth of that section by approximately 2”. This was also done to establish balance within a asymmetrical design
A wall light was then centered above the drawers and alongside of the mirror
BENEFITS OF THE NEW PLAN
Besides the visual balance that was achieved with the changes, we also improved the function of the cabinet by:
Providing more practical storage. The storage under the sink isn’t the most ideal with having the p-trap run through it, but it can work for a place to store bulky items like toilet paper and towels. By shifting the sink over, we were able to get a bank of drawers for toiletry storage
The off-set sink also provided more counter space instead of having the counter be separated by the sink
Often when it comes to fine-tuning bathroom plans, it comes down to finding just the right fixtures to allow for the new and improved design to work. That makes sourcing and specifying fixtures a critical part of the design process. Everything shown in the drawings above are drawn to scale and have been selected specifically for this project.
COLORS & MATERIALS
As far as the colors and finish materials go, the clients and I worked together when I was in Utah last summer. We had a power-packed couple of days that were filled with all kinds of project meetings including choosing all the counter tops, bathroom tiles and flooring.
Just a few days ago, I got some beautiful progress photos that included a sneak peek of the boys’ bathroom with the buffalo-checked flooring.
THE TAKE AWAY
When should you involve a designer on your new build deign projects? Ideally it should be when the plan is still on paper and before construction starts. That way there is time for the designer and their team to thoughtfully go through the floor plans and elevations for revisions and fine-tuning, like we’ve done with the Mount Valley Project.
Small changes can make a world of difference with the end product. Carefully going through the plans while designing the spaces has allowed us to trouble-shoot and improve things as we go.
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Photo Credit: Jessica White Photography