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Master Bathroom

     April 4, 2014 0 Comments

What do you look for in a master bathroom? Is it a separate tub and shower? A giant spa retreat with a lock on the door so you can escape reality for a few hours? A TV above the bathtub where you can soak and watch soaps? No bathtub at all and just a great spacious shower? A double vanity sink so your partner’s stuff doesn’t get in your way?

I pinned quite a few bathrooms that appealed to me, which can be seen on my Pinterest page. The images below are from the HouseBeautiful website (click an image to be redirected to it’s source).

  

 

When I imagine my ‘dream’ master bathroom, it’s spa-like. The colour scheme I imagine includes a lot of layered whites, greys and creams, with a few subtle hints of blue or green. A large shower and separate bathtub would be heavenly. A large vanity with plenty of storage. An open shelf to hold rolled towels. Beautiful natural sunlight coming in through a window or skylight. Space for a chair to drape a towel or bathrobe. Luxurious bath salts and candles. You get the idea. Spa-like.

One criteria we had when we met with KRN Residential Design was that the closet was NOT accessed by walking through the master bathroom.  We’ve seen this floor plan a few times, and it’s just not our taste. However, walking through the closet to get to the bathroom would be okay. Ideally, these spaces would have separate entrances, but if space didn’t allow for that, the latter option would be acceptable. When we got the floor plan back from KRN Residential Design, I liked the flow of the rooms but as mentioned in this post, something wasn’t right about the bathrooms.

I’ve been playing around with the floor plan and am at a loss of what we should do. Something just isn’t right, but I can’t figure it out. Second floor laundry was on our ‘wish list’, but maybe it’s taking up too much valuable space. Would it be too noisy anyway?There’s a lot to think about, but all I know is it’s time to leave this planning up to the pros! We have a meeting with Kelly and his team soon and look forward to seeing other options.

Master bathroom options

As I’ve mentioned before, we haven’t yet determined if this house will be one we move into. When the house is completed, we will look at our options and determine if it’s the house we want to live in or if it’s better for us to sell it. In the meantime, we will be building it as if it were our own in order to add personality and make it unique. We’ve seen enough show homes and open houses to know that a house needs something special about it to stand out among the rest. Our goal is to create the floor plan we would want to live in, and we hope that other people might feel that way this house, too.

Have you worked with a design team to create a floor plan before? Is walking through a closet to the bathroom strange? Do you like second-floor laundry or is in the basement preferable? What makes a house stand out from others?

 

 

 

 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.

J & J = No Way?

     April 1, 2014 0 Comments

Let’s talk about the bathroom situation in this house. Our floor plan currently shows a powder room on the main floor and two full bathrooms on the second floor. The master bedroom ensuite is accessed by walking through the closet. The second and third bedrooms share a Jack & Jill bathroom.

Let’s focus on the Jack & Jill bathroom right now.

Powder Room

Powder Room

Master Bedroom Ensuite

Master Bedroom Ensuite

Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill

A Jack & Jill bathroom is a full bathroom situated between two bedrooms and is accessed by a door from each bedroom. There are many variations of a J & J, and each comes with pros and cons. Having grown up in a 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom bungalow, I am having a hard time imagining a functional J & J bathroom.

I keep trying to picture this house with the J & J bathroom, and these thoughts come to mind:

  • Wouldn’t it be weird to lock two doors when you need some privacy?
  • What if Jack is a bully and locked Jill out on purpose?
  • What if Jill forgot to unlock the other side as she was leaving, resulting in only one open door to the bathroom.
  • Is one sink enough? Isn’t the whole point of a J & J so that the kids can get ready at the same time?
  • How can a single vanity be enough storage for two kids?
  • There is virtually zero wall space with this plan… where do the towel racks go?
  • One child won’t be able to brush their teeth or get ready for school if the other child is showering.
  • Will a small child be able to even close a pocket door?

 

I’m just not sold on the concept. I looked at images online and found some more functional layouts where the tub/shower and toilet were in a separate room from the sinks. Or, what about a plan where the sink was in a nook, visible from the bedroom? I went to my trusty MS Paint tool and created a few ideas.  These are obviously not to scale…they are just sketches (don’t judge! I will figure out how to use photoshop one day!)

Jack and Jill options

There are so many options to consider, but our biggest restraint is the space available. I don’t want to steal too much space from the bedrooms because, quite frankly, bedrooms in some of the new houses we’ve toured have been tiny… like, you’re-lucky-to-get-a-single-bed-and-dresser-in-there-tiny.  I’m looking forward to our meeting with Kelly and his team to discuss other options; I just know they will come up with something we like.

What’s your opinion on Jack & Jill bathrooms? Did you have one growing up? Would you add one to your dream house? 


About the Author
mm I have a passion for the arts, cooking, vintage pieces and DIY projects. I enjoy mixing patterns and colours to make a space my own. I love supporting local businesses and participating in the growth of our community. I laugh and play every day with my wonderful and loving family. Regina is a place that I am happy to call home.