4 Common Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

- Aug 17, 2019-

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Adding to or remodeling your house is one of the most exciting and creative processes you can go through. But how can you make sure to get the right design for your lifestyle, stay within your budget and maximize the return on your investment? 
Bathrooms, whether big or small, should always be well thought out and carefully located, and should function with multiple users in mind. Modern bathrooms need to be beautiful, use space efficiently and serve the family functionally. Avoiding the common design mistakes below can help you be happier with your bathroom for the long term. 

1. No bright lighting. No one likes a dark, unclear bathroom with bad circulation — it's no fun spending time in a space like that. If you're building or relocating a bathroom, try to position it on an outside wall with windows. If windows are not an option, installing an operable skylight can allow for the fresh air and natural light needed to make the space feel comfortable.

2. A clear view in.  Whenever possible, avoid locating the bathroom directly off one of the home's public rooms — like the kitchen, living room or dining room. This doesn’t mean you have to put in long hallway, but create some sort of formal separation to break up the line of sight. The last thing you want is to be sitting in the living room with a glass of wine and looking straight into the bathroom at the toilet.

3. Making it all about the toilet. Avoid making the toilet the first thing you see in the bathroom, and avoid any sight lines to it from adjacent rooms. It is better to put the toilet and shower in their own room while keeping the sink separate. This allows someone to take a shower while someone else gets ready at the sink. In the bathroom floor plan here, the wall between the two rooms adds only a couple of inches to the overall size of the bathroom but doubles the room's functionality.

4. Thinking bigger is better. They are two things: Bigger isn't better; better is better. Whether you're designing a large master bathroom in your dream home or trying to figure out how to squeeze in an extra bathroom for your growing family, the most important aspect of your new bathroom is that it has a great design that functions efficiently for your specific lifestyle.