In the United Kingdom we may not have quite the same propensity for building “restrooms” into our home designs as they do in the United States. It’s quite common to have as many bathrooms as bedrooms in modern homes over there and even to have “half” bathrooms for your guests – basically just a toilet and wash basin. There’s a trend developing over here, nevertheless, to create an ensuite bathroom in existing bedroom areas, where otherwise residents may have had to share bathroom facilities with other members of the family. Whilst on many occasions this may not present a problem as such, it certainly can do first thing in the morning when it seems that everybody’s trying to get ready at the same time. One is getting ready to go to school, the other is getting ready to go to work and yet another member of the family may want access at the same time.
You may want to consider the introduction of an ensuite bathroom as part of a property renovation that you have got planned. Have a good look at your available space and consider the traffic movements of people who make up your household on a daily basis, not just in the morning but also in the evening. Where are the most logical places to create the ensuite bathroom?
You may have to be creative here and consider reconfiguring the size of a number of different rooms in order to make the perfect final design. Often, the master bedroom in the home has a bathroom attached to it, but this is not the case for the other two or three bedrooms in the property. Perhaps you will have to adjust the size of a couple of those bedrooms in order to move the walls appropriately, to make room for the shower, sink and WC as a whole. It makes it a lot easier if you don’t really use a bathtub and few of us do these days in all honesty. We are under so much pressure that it’s much easier to get in and out of the shower and on our way.
Be creative once again when it comes to the configuration of the bedroom that’s attached to the new bathroom area. You may well be able to incorporate a dressing area or a clothes closet as part of a transition between the bedroom area proper and the bathroom, for example.
If you have plenty of space you can easily go a couple of steps further. If two people are actually sharing the bedroom in question, such as the husband and wife, then you can consider putting two sink areas, or a “his and hers” as they call it in America, so that preparations can be made in those crucial waking hours without any delays, disruptions or frustration on either part.
Take time during the planning process to ensure that you come up with a finished product that really does make a difference and helps make family life in your home a lot easier.