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Key Measurements to Make the Most of Your Bathroom

Fit everything comfortably in a small or medium-size bath by knowing standard dimensions for fixtures and clearances Full Story
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great article! Since no one else has said anything, I feel a need to address the separate toilet idea. It may feel natural to those who are accustomed to it, but I don't think it's hygienic. I'm afraid too many people, especially kids, would establish the bad habit of not washing after using the toilet...especially if the sink room is occupied by another family member (the primary reasoning behind the configuration). I can understand the concept for families who only have one bath, but here in the U.S. it is highly unusual to not have at least 1 1/2 bathrooms, which, imo, is preferable to a separate toilet alone. With the 1/2 bath, you get your separate toilet with a sink for washing up (much more sanitary), and the person using the bathroom to bathe or shower or brush teeth, also has a toilet available. I rarely shower or bathe without also using the toilet. Running water induces a person to pee, so not having a toilet nearby would be extremely uncomfortable for me. IMO, the included toilet is an evolved design feature as our understanding of hygiene has improved. At the very least, if you are going to have the toilet separate, a sink should be included.
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This is definitely the best piece I've read on understanding how a bathroom 'works' in relationship to the plumbing and measurements. Thanks for writing it! We have a very strange (to me) ensuite. Toilet and sink on one wall, shower opposite..so far, so good. But..the Shower doesn't take up the whole wall, so there is a space, as deep as the shower and as tall as the room, about 12" across that does absolutely nothing. Would you recommend installing shelving in it or extending the shower? I think, if we extended the shower, we could put in a tub (I'd like that!). Door is a slider, so no opening/closure to add into the measurements and, on the wall outside the ensuite are 2 7'long closets on either side of the passageway to the bedroom...so I suppose the Bathroom could be extended, if called for... ?? Thanks again
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