Renovating or designing a new bathroom is a tedious undertaking which consumes both time and money. As a result when making designs for the bathroom, it is imperative that every decision you make pertaining to it be a well informed one. Failure to do this and you may regret the outcome of the entire bathroom. Over recent years it has become evident that many home owners are repeating the same mistakes when designing their bathrooms by not using shower panels. As a result, this article is meant to be a guide for prospective homeowners on the mistakes they should avoid while making decisions on the design of a bathroom.
- Ventilation and lighting
When designing your bathroom, it is important to place much emphasis on the ventilation and lighting of the room. This is because, poor ventilation leads to the accumulation of humidity in the room. Accumulated moisture is a contributing environmental factor for the development of molds and fungus especially in the absence of natural light in the room. Hence, when allocating space for the bathroom it is important to make sure the room has a good ventilation system which allows free circulation of air in and out of the room. As for lighting; the room should have a well placed window which allows natural light to grace the room. If a window is not available, you can talk to your contractor about setting up skylights to serve both purposes.
- Position of the bathroom
When designing a new home, the location of the bathroom is a common mistake people make. This is because they fail to place the room as far away from common areas such as the kitchen and living room. A bathroom should be located in isolated areas of the house where they are out of sight from the common areas. Imagine a situation where your bathroom is located near a common area such as dining room. Now imagine having guests for dinner and every time someone uses the bathroom, upon opening the door your guests will be struck with the view of a toilet and perhaps an unpleasant smell. Such a lay out can lead to embarrassing moments such as the one elaborated above.
- Position of the toilet in the bathroom
Placing the toilet bowl in plain sight is another common mistake home owners make in their bathroom designs. For many first time homeowners, the toilet bowl is in plain sight upon entering the bathroom. Unlike a sink, a toilet bowl should be concealed and out of sight. If you consult a home décor expert, they will probably advise you to make sure the toilet is not in plain view. To make this possible, it is advisable to use a semi-wall to separate the shower and toilet area from the rest of the bathroom space or sink area. This will provide an efficient layout which allows multiple individuals to use the bathroom simultaneously without having to compromise for each other. For instance, one person could be using the toilet, while someone else is in the shower and another person shaving at the sink.
In a nutshell, the cause of the above mistakes is based on the mentality of image over efficiency. Many homeowners are too concerned about how their bathroom looks rather than how it can be organized to function as efficiently as possible. A bathroom is more of a utility than an ornament. Hence, always start with the floor plan arrange everything in a systematic manner in which you have in mind that the bathroom will not only serve multiple functions but it will also accommodate multiple users at the same time. With this in mind the design of your bathroom should be efficient and radically unique.