Master Bed and Bath Decisions
We're not happy with the master bed and bath layout at the moment.
We'd like to accomplish some or all of the following:
- Private toilet closet
- Two vanities with at least 6', and preferably 7', of counter
- 4'x6' shower, with two shower heads
- Linen closet space for sheets, blankets, towels and extra
- Hanging space, some of it doubled, for
- Pants, shirts, jackets, dresses, tops
- Lots of shelving space for
- Shoes, sweaters, jeans, and t-shirts
- Drawer space for socks, underwear, bras (just for me, Stan
doesn't have any bras)
I'm thinking about
stealing 1' from the master bedroom and enlarging the bath/storage area.
Here's what I came up with.
Click on the image to see the full-size
This is the original drawing. There
is more vanity and shower space than we need, but less linen
closet space. And there's no place to hang towels!
(Even in the new house, we intend to keep up our regular shower
routines, so it'd be very useful to have a place to put the
There's no good way to have the door to the bathroom
swing--it either interferes with the sink area or it bangs into
the shower door. Ooops.
Two closets option
One option is to make two closets out of the new space--one
opening into the bath and one opening in the hall area.
There is extra room in the sink area now--that gap is the result
of enlarging the bath area and shrinking the master bedroom.
This doesn't add any hanging space for the towels, though and
the doors don't co-exist well.
The space would be more usable and would create towel hanging
space if the closet area opened into the bedroom, but that would
make the wall into a collection of doors--which wouldn't be
attractive at all!
(In the spirit of doors, it's missing the one to the closet.
I promise it'll return before the final framing diagrams are
(Clicking on the image will make it
full-size so you can see the details)
I'm leaning towards this solution. It takes the space
and creates a built-in that faces into the bedroom.
It has a couple of pluses--one is that it creates the storage
space for sheets within the built-in itself. Because it
adds space to the vanity area, we can add an 18" cabinet (and
still have a 6'6" countertop). The new cabinet can hold
towels and extra toiletries.
It also simplifies the door issue, since the swining door non
longer interferes with someone standing at the sink or getting
into the shower.
The shower is still 4'x6', which is what we wanted all along.
Built-in Option (continued)
Here is what the built-in would (basically) look like.
It would allow for sheets to be stored in the drawer (or
cabinet) area and then decorative space above. I'm not
sure if it'll be drawers or cabinets and I'm not sure about the
material or the double drawer concept yet. (I bet
Stan votes for real wood, probably a light cherry.)
I do like it, though.
(I can't decorate the shelves very well using this software,
but it shows the general idea of that being a visual focal
Can we afford to shrink the master bedroom?
After taking out a foot of space, there's still room for a
king sized bed, two night stands, two dressers, a chair and a
table. I think it still works.
p.s. I know the
navigation makes it look as if the Master Bathroom is its own level, but
it really isn't :-) And due to sloppy cropping, these aren't all
the same scale. Sorry about that.
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