Our Tips for Creating a Functional and Stylish Bathroom Remodel Floor Plan
For homeowners that are considering a bathroom remodel, it can be tough to know where to begin when designing a new floor plan. Sometimes it makes sense to leave the plumbing arrangement as-is and simply swap out new surfaces. Other times, a bathroom can require a complete plumbing overhaul in order to effectively meet the household’s needs. For homeowners that are just starting to plan their upcoming bathroom remodel, we’ve gathered a few of our top considerations for bathroom layout design.
The tub (or lack of tub) is a major factor in any bathroom remodel floor plan. Whether or not you decide to include a tub in your bathroom remodel comes down to understanding who will be using the bathroom and how the space can best serve their needs. While there is an undeniable luxury that comes with a large bathtub, there are also many benefits to opting instead for a large walk-in shower.
One Sink or Two?
If more than one person is planning to use the bathroom, it may be worth considering adding a second sink to your bathroom remodel. This can be very helpful for couples, siblings, or other family members that share similar schedules. With two sinks family members are able to shave, wash up, brush their teeth, and groom simultaneously. However, if the schedules of the family members sharing the bathroom do not conflict, it may be advisable to save the space and extra cost of adding a second sink and instead focus on other improvements.
Make the Best of Your Existing Plumbing
If you’re looking to get the best value out of your bathroom remodel (as most homeowners are) you will likely want to avoid moving your plumbing arrangement as much as possible. This is because the costs involved with rearranging plumbing can quickly become substantial. If it makes sense to keep the plumbing hook-ups where they are then you will have more of your budget available to spend on fixtures, cabinets, surfaces, flooring, and tile.
If you have the square footage to spare, a toilet closet offers the highest level of bathroom privacy. However, some homeowners may find the separate toilet room to be somewhat claustrophobic compared with the bathroom experience they’re accustomed to. A middle ground here would be a glass privacy panel that creates a visual barrier without blocking light. Another option is simply placing the toilet out of the line of direct sight from the bathroom door, often behind the vanity.
Ready to Start Designing the Bathroom of Your Dreams?
At Straight Line Design & Remodeling, we have been designing and building bathrooms, kitchens, additions, and more to meet the needs of families in the Portland metro area for over a decade. That means that we have the experience and know-how to bring your project to life while staying on schedule and on budget.