BATHROOM REMODELS - FLOOR PLANS AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS

The process of designing remodeled space is similar to how a potter models clay. The potter sits at the wheel and with ingenuity, imagination, skilled hands and trusted tools, they reshape the clay into something better than it once was. 

SPATIAL DESIGNER
A spatial designer, in essence does the same thing but instead of being at a wheel, their time is spent at the drawing board. Through cogitation, mental acuity, seasoned experiences and skill, they imagine and reimagine space by reshaping and manipulating its form, improving upon it, and making it better than it once was, or would have been.

BATHROOM REMODELS - DESIGN PLANS

For this week, Iím reaching into the archives and sharing some design plans, from a few years ago, for a primary and hall bathroom remodel. Below, Iíve included the following:

  • Clientsí design objectives

  • As-built floor plan, noting, whatís not working and why

  • New floor plan, noting the design solutions and the reasons behind each of them

  • Colors, finishes and fixture selections

REMODEL OBJECTIVES

The clientsí, who are empty-nesters, wanted to improve the primary bathroom but didnít want to add additional space to the house, or change window locations or sizes. In order to meet their objectives, we took space from the hall bath and gave it to the primary bathroom.

CLIENTSí WISH LIST

  • More storage

  • Two sinks

  • Larger shower

  • Update fixtures

  • Update finishes


AS-BUILT FLOOR PLAN - WHATíS NOT WORKING

Below, Iíve included the as-built floor plan for both the hall and primary bathrooms, with call-outs pointing out whatís not working and why, and explanations for the solutions.

PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

.01
PROBLEM
Notice the descprency of space between the primary and hall baths. Strangely enough, whomever designed the home originally, gave more space to the hall bath than the primary. In well designed homes more space is given to the primary bath than all other bathrooms in the home.
SOLUTION
Note how we enlarged the primary bath by annexing some of the hall bathroom space to create a more appropriate walk-in shower.

.02
PROBLEM

The bathroom door should never swing against a fixture, and especially not a toilet.
SOLUTION
To get the best use out of the space, and to avoid a bathroom door conflict, we changed the swing door to a pocket door.

.03
PROBLEM

For privacy reasons, the toilet should be at the furthest point from the entry into the bathroom.
SOLUTION
In a perfect world, I would have loved to have room to include a private toilet room in the space but since it wasnít possible, we did the next best thing. We moved the toilet away from the door, nestling it inbetween the wall and a tall linen cabinet. This set-up creates a visual buffer to the toilet from the bedroom and offers more privacy.

Speaking of storage, notice how we captured the wall space between the two rooms and designed recessed shelving for the primary bathroom.

.04
PROBLEM

Since a primary bathroom is intended for two users, than quite simply, it should include two sinks.
SOLUTION
Fortunately, there was room to add another sink by adjusting the location of the original sink placement, and then adding another sink.

.05
PROBLEM

The shower shown is far too small, especially for a primary bath.
SOLUTION
As noted above, we solved this issue by taking space from the hall bath and incorporating it into the primary. This change also allowed us to improve the storage situation, as noted above.

.06
PROBLEM

Notice how the sink is off-set. Not good - it threw off the centerlines and visual connections between the sink, faucet, the mirror and light fixture.
SOLUTION
This was an easy fix - we centered the sink, and everything naturally fell into line.

.07
PROBLEM

This a similar problem as noted above. The door leading into the bathroom should swing against a flat wall, not a cabinet.
SOLUTION
To avoid door conflicts, we changed the swing door to a pocket.
SIDE NOTE
Pocket doors today are a million times improved from what they once were. Quality pocket doors are sturdy, have secure locks and smooth gliding hardware. Donít hesitate to include them.

.08
PROBLEM

More space was allotted between the wall and the tub than was needed for the toilet compartment, especially considering the discrepancy with the amount of space between the two bathrooms.
SOLUTION
Since every inch counts with this project, the extra space turned out to be a good thing - it gave us that much more room to improve the primary bathroom.


GIVE AND TAKE

Thereís always give and take, literally, when it comes to remodels. In order to improve space, like is shown with this project, it required giving something up for something better. Hereís what I mean:

  • Space was taken out of the hall bath and given to the primary bath to achieve the clientsí objectives

  • The hall bathroom window was taken from that space and given to the primary

  • To make up for the loss of natural light in the hall bathroom, a solar tub was given to the space

ELEVATIONS AND PERSPECTIVE VIEWS

Floor plans are where all projects start, but they are only the beginning of the process. For TF Design projects, I work out all the details and specifics for the space by going back and forth between the floor plan and design of the elevations - adjusting this and adjusting that, until I have it just right, with both the space and selections.

COLOR, FINISHES AND FIXTURES

Everything I do as a spatial designer comes down to defining space and making it the best it can be. This even includes the sourcing and selections of colors, finishes and fixtures. For example, with this project, I selected wall-mounted faucets for space saving reasons, and the same is true for the light pendants. Given the window locations and heights, it required ceiling mounted fixtures, otherwise there wouldnít be enough vertical space for appropriately sized bathroom mirrors, specifically in the primary bathroom. And thatís just a small part of the considerations that went into the selections.

THE TAKE AWAY

  • From time to time, I have potential clients reach out to see if I would take their projects on for just the spatial design of the floor plan, but as you can see from this post, spatial design goes beyond the floor plans. Every selection made, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, mirrors and even tiles are all based on spatial design.

  • Iím a firm believer that good space planning skills are developed through education and experience. A lot of experience! When embarking on a remodel or new build project, be sure to seek out a skilled spatial designer that can help you get the most out of our spaces, and your investment.

TF DESIGN

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FLOOR PLAN REVIEW + CONSULTATIONS

Donít need full service design but you have a new custom home project in the works where you are feeling unsure about the floor plan? You can get spatial guidance and direction with your your floor plan through the Floor Plan Review and Consultation. This service is intended for those needing an extra layer of expertise with their floor plans before they are finalized. Schedule your FLOOR PLAN REVIEW AND CONSULTATION here.

ďWhen purchasing our home, I thought I knew how I wanted to lay the space out, but wasn't entirely confident that I was making the right decisions. I wanted to book a consultation with Tami to get a second opinion and she suggested ideas that I hadn't even thought of! She gave clarity on why my original plan wouldn't be the best use of the space and the new layout she came up with makes so much more sense. I'm so glad I had this consultation, as I feel confident it will be saving me a lot of time (and money!) down the road.Ē - Kim, California

DESIGN CONSULTATIONS

Donít need a floor plan review exactly, but youíre feeling stuck in uncertainty and are looking for guidance with design questions specific to your project but donít know where to go? Iím here for you.

With more than 20 years experience as a custom home designer, I can help guide you through the design dilemmas that you are facing through my new 60 minute virtual design consultations. During our time together I will answer your questions, provide solutions, all while explaining the reasoning behind them. That way you have a better understanding of the whyís and why-nots of good design and can move forward with confidence. Schedule your Design Consultation here.


Letís work together to make your home the best it can be.

Cheers!

Tami

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