Family Bathroom Update

Friday

Sorry I haven't been updating. Marc is working on the drawings and holds all the files on software I don't have.  It's been a little frustrating for me to be honest. He wanted to do the drawings and I agreed, but he's been really busy with work-work. So I sit on the couch at night doing nothing while he is super busy. Ugh.

I even tried to download his software, but it is so old it won't work on my computer. Double Ugh.

Anyway, I thought I'd write a bit about probably the most non-traditional aspect of our house: the "family bathroom".

I grew up with 3 sisters and a brother and 2 bathrooms. To be honest, we only really used one of those. So 6 people getting ready in one bathroom. I do remember disagreements, but by and large it worked for us.

We wanted to keep this house simple and not duplicate things. I can share a bathroom with my kids. They can share a bathroom with each other. So we had the idea to make a bathroom of compartments. I've never been a fan of the toilet being next to "clean" areas like the sink and tub. I get that it came from grouping wet areas together, but I think we can improve on that. So we will put the toilet in a little room by itself, we will put the shower and tub together so someone can shower while someone else is brushing their teeth. No pounding on the bathroom door for us.

The bathroom plan has probably been the area that has seen the most revisions. I would bet we have changed it 6 times since I originally posted our plan

Here is the latest that we will be keeping for the pricing set.

With no notes.


Can you believe how bad my handwriting is? I was even trying to make it legible!

A few things explained 

The single will be an ikea double sink with 4 cabinets below (one for each of us). The space is wider than that unit, so we will hack it with a wood countertop run under the sink and extending out giving us space for a trash can, hand towels, etc.

We set the window back because that is south facing and likely pretty hot in the summer. By just setting the window back 1'-0" it will create enough shadow so that room doesn't heat up.

Here's a really terrible material collection from the pinterest board.
As I've said before, I don't do mood boards, so this is pretty ugly.



We will use the same shower controls from our old bathroom. I get my groovy freestanding tub with a very affordable wall mounted tub filler and hand shower (great for rinsing the girl's hair during a bath!).

Please send less busy and speedy vibes to Marc so he can finish our pricing set. Or I might loose my damn mind. Thanks!

13 comments:

  1. It would be interesting if you happen to have a third child.. no??? ;)

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    1. If hell every does freeze over and I have another kid, it would still be one less person than I shared a bathroom with growing up!

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  2. I think that is actually very traditional!

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    1. Really? I guess I have just been hearing realtors/architects say that it used to be people wanted a bedroom for each kid, but not they want each kid to have their own bathroom!

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  3. I think you have a great plan. I know that growing up we had a small family bath where everything was all shoved together, so it will be nice to have some separation. I can tell you I hate sharing a bathroom with just my husband right now! HA

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    1. I like sharing a bathroom with Marc because then he cleans it! HA! I'm such a slob.

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  4. I love it all! I'm for having one main family bathroom as well. Jealous of that tub. :)

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    1. The tub will likely be one of the first things cut. ;( But we'd need a regular ole tub anyway, so maybe the savings aren't that great.

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  5. i like the idea of having the bath and shower as one big wet room. floor/linear drain somewhere and no need for glass. probably would end up costing a little more because of the upgraded drain and waterproofing, but you'd save on the glass cost and it would make that space feel even bigger.

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    1. This has actually been discussed many times. The only issue is I get cold really easily. Then I run the shower water too hot and dry out my skin. Not good. We are thinking of a way to maybe have the bathing room have supplemental heat and do exactly what you are saying. Heat lamp? Zoned seperately? (Electric floor "radiant" is out because from what we've always heard it doesn't have a great track record.)

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    2. My Grams 1960's ranch house had heat lamps in the (one very small) bathroom and I can still remember how wonderful it felt when I was a kid (I am and have always been very sensitive to the cold as well). It was on one of those timers so you twisted it when you got in the tub and it stayed on for a half an hour or so - it was heavenly..... Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think that would be a great idea for my master bath.

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    3. Marc and I were talking about them this morning. Apparently there is a new ceiling-mounted electric heater panel that replaces the heat lamps. I don't know, I kind of always like feeling like fried chicken!

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  6. Looks great? What about a pocket door for the toilet room? It could be tight trying to close the existing door once you are in the room, and a pocket door will create a space for a corner shelf that would otherwise be unusable with a swinging door.

    -Corey
    http://baltimorerowhouse.blogspot.com

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