Building Compartmentalized Baths With Help from a Bathroom Remodeler

Bathroom design has certainly come a long way, evolving from the classic white-tiled spaces of the past to the personalized retreats and relaxing at-home spas of today. Just as luxury is important, efficiency is also key to a good bathroom design, and that’s why compartmentalized bathrooms are fast becoming all the rage in bathroom remodeling.

Giving Importance to Privacy

A compartmentalized bathroom allows multiple family members to share the use of one bathroom, providing users with the necessary privacy to complete their tasks without intruding into each other’s spaces. Similar to the standard kitchen triangle design, it is very much possible to create zones within bathrooms.

Enhancing Function

A compartmentalized bathroom layout can focus on creating a separate zone for the toilet, shower, or bathtub. For better privacy, it can be a good idea to start the partition with the toilet. Compartmentalizing can be done without the introduction of walls, and all it takes is to think of a solution that considers point of use, the space around each fixture, and using these elements to enhance both privacy and ease of access.

Ideal Bathroom Elements and Fixtures to Use

Bathroom remodelers can choose from three basic toilet configurations to enhance bathroom efficiency: an elongated bowl, a wall-mounted toilet, and a type of toilet that has a minimum 10-inch rough-in off the back wall. Regardless of the choice, ventilation and point-of-use storage must be optimized and never compromised. The minimum ventilation requirement for toilets is either a 3-sq. feet window or an exhaust fan with a 50-cfm minimum rating.

A toilet enclosure requires accounting for storage spaces for frequently used items, such as tissue paper. The designer can decide on an open or closed storage option, and even build it into a recessed wall cavity to maximize enclosure space.


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About valleyhomeimprv

Steve Silverman is Cape Cod native with a BA in psychology from Bates College. He moved to the Pioneer Valley in 2004 and became a VP with VHI a year later, then bought the 20 employee company in 2013. He and his wife and two teenagers have a farm in Southampton where he spends time growing food and learning new ways to live in harmony with the land.

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