The Planning Continues

17 01 2011

So we are making progress with our floor plans, but we are banging our heads against the wall trying to figure out the logistics of our bathroom.  It is ruffed in already, so we cannot move it, and we are looking for suggestions.  If you focus on the bathroom area, I have the toilet drain, sink drain, and shower drain marked off.  The shower placement is the cog of this whole thing right now.  We are looking for advice and ideas.  With the shower drain where it is, it seems difficult to have the entry way to the bathroom in the place where we currently have it, which is where we want to have it.

So here’s the latest plan.  With a shower stall that’s 32×32, it would give us a little bit of a “hallway” between the wall and the shower of just over two feet.  It might seem a bit narrow, but it is a bathroom after all.  If we can find a bigger shower unit that doesn’t have the drain pre-cut right in the center, we could go that route as well.  So far, I haven’t found many showers that don’t have drains right in the center.

Basement Plan #4

So again, tell us your thoughts.  We start construction in a few short weeks!

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18 01 2011
Jeremy

I don’t have a specific idea right now, and I don’t doubt you’ve thought of this, nor do I know if it will help at all, but just in case not…There’s no law that says walls have to be built at right angles to each other.

18 01 2011
Jeremy

What about something like this? My scale obviously got completely out of whack since the middle hallway is now half the house wide.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/abrt1cWxEO-RRK9xUgNGVEBxDD9x9ZB00d1E_VbdIA0?feat=directlink

Basically, add a hallway on the other side. Then you’re not competing with the shower. You can then shorten up the other hallway by a lot, and instead of massive closet, and long narrow bathroom entry you can turn it into a decent sized room for whatever (and add storage)

C = Closet

18 01 2011
Jeremy

Does laundry take place upstairs?

18 01 2011
Scott

Laundry room is upstairs. We thought about angled hallways, but there is a verticle support beam in the way of the most logical place to have that hallway.

18 01 2011
Jeremy

Does the vertical beam thwart my doodling?

You’d probably lose your ability to work in the utility room*, but it would maximize finished space, as well as usable space (turning an obscenely large closet, and parts of 2 hallways, into an office/exercise room/storage until you have something better/whatever room) You couldn’t call it a bedroom for resale, but having one more sizable room in the listings can’t hurt.

*Depending how much room is in the corners between sink and hot water heater, and on the other side (is that a water softener?) It’s hard to get an idea just from drawings if that’s usable space, just enough space for some shelving, or really no redeemable space

18 01 2011
Scott

Your doodle actually closely resembles an alternative plan I never put to paper. I like the idea, but Melissa prefers that we have the entry to the bathroom right next to that bathroom. We’ve thrown the idea around, but for now it’s an “if we have to, we will reconsider it” option.

18 01 2011
Jeremy

Plus then, assuming that one door goes outside, the bathroom is right at the end of that hall, which would probably make it slightly more convenient in that regard.

The time you’d save telling people that have never been to your house. “Go ahead, it’s straight through that door down the hall” as opposed to “No problem, go in, hang a right, and a left, and it’s the door on the left, then you have to go down that mini hall, answer these questions three, and the toilet is on the right” could add up to 1-2 minutes over the course of a lifetime.

18 01 2011
Jeremy

I assume you mean near the bedroom, and yeah, that’s definitely a drawback. You could ditch the linen closet and do the double door bathroom thing (door into the office/whatever room) so it would be the same walk from the bedroom.

However the double door bathroom introduces convenience issues on it’s own.

You could remove the hall I added, keep the room, and then the bathroom is through a room rather than a hall. Not ideal, but at least then you have another room.

Have you requested the original plans? Maybe they had some brilliant spec. when they put the bathroom in such an impossible to work with position.

18 01 2011
Jeremy

Are there any horse socks?

18 01 2011
Jeremy

I hesitate to post again, because it’s starting to sound like I’m obsessed with this. 🙂

I was thinking about how bad it sucks they put the bathroom there, and thought about it from the other way. Both “where would be a less awkward place” and “if that wasn’t a bathroom, then what could it be.” I didn’t necessarily have answers. If the bathroom wasnt there, it would take up space elsewhere, and that space where it is now wouldn’t necessarily be more usable.

Everything about that corner is like they went out of their way to strategically place things to waste 1/8th or your house. Even if the shower was just along the other wall you’d have so many more options.

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