Via pinterest (combined shower and tub)
Lately I’ve been thinking about house plans. I have seen so many of them that aren’t fabulous and it makes me wonder why there isn’t one website where you can go and find the best house plans.
Floor plans that would make you weep with joy. This is what I think is missing in the marketplace today.
Last night during dinner, one of the participants in my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event (happening this week) said when she bought a car, she filled out a questionnaire that outlined her preferences, it told her which car she would love. By now, an interior designer should not have to view an architect’s plans to make changes like ‘The powder room should not open right into the formal dining room’, etc. We should have this down to a fine art by now just like so many other things with technology today.
The floor plan in our rancher is one I would add to that site. I love that we have a ‘bedroom wing’ which has the master bedroom and ensuite, 2 bedrooms and a main bathroom. Then there’s the living wing with the living room/dining room at the front of the house, the kitchen and family room behind them, then you walk through the laundry room to the powder room.
For two people it’s a perfect plan that leaves you with an office and a guest room. Or a family of four. Bedrooms for both kids.
When I first saw that the powder room was right beside our laundry room literally at the other end of our house I thought that was so dumb. But now that I have a studio office right behind the house, it works perfectly. My clients do not have to walk through the entire house to use the bathroom. And when I’m gardening, I don’t have far to go through the back door (which is through the laundry room) to wash my hands.
Anyway I digress. But the point I want to make is that I have seen so many odd bathroom designs in my time, especially ones that are too big and awkward, well it seems we need a post that handles this.
What to do when your bathroom layout is just too big for a regular toilet, bathtub + shower and vanity?
Crystal’s bathroom (above) was a new build. Originally she said they were going to build a wall in between the toilet/tub but then last minute nixed that plan which is why they ended up with a bathroom that is unusually large.
And what can you really do with this kind of shape? It’s not like you can move furniture in here to fill it up and make it look like it was intentional like you might do with custom furniture in a living room for example.
Well, I’m here to tell you that Jan’s creativity came to the rescue. We talked about adding a shower and arranging it and a tub in the corner but that cut off access to the tub. Then, Jan came up with this idea (below) and sent me this inspiration picture:
Here’s her drawing of the new design (below). Crystal and her husband have 2 kids, a boy and a girl. This is the bathroom they share. So now they will have their own toilet room and all that empty space will be used up by the enclosed shower and tub.
You can splash all you want and this space will stay warmer during bathing because it will be mostly enclosed.
Is this a brilliant plan or what?
Pinterest (Wood panels seem impractical here unless they are tile but love the window)
Today is Day 3 of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event in Dallas, Texas. One of the insights from yesterday (and there were many) was a conversation we had about spreading your money around and spending it in the right place during a renovation OR a new build. For example, do you need 8 recessed lights in your cathedral height living rooms or 8 lamps?
You need that many lamps anyway for atmosphere that a recessed light can never provide so better to keep more of your budget for decorating rather than spend it all on fixed finishes that are not necessarily that important.
Bethia & Kathy
I am honoured to lead this event to so many incredible women, there are some in this course who have followed me since 2008 (the very beginning of this blog).
Half of my course this time is homeowners and colour enthusiasts and the other half design professionals. That’s one of the reasons why we came back to Texas so fast (we were in Houston in November) because I have a big following here. Texans are really passionate about their homes. Since you can’t learn what I’m teaching anywhere else in the world, it doesn’t matter whether your brand new or have been in the design industry for 30 years.
At lunch yesterday, a lawyer from Connecticut who registered the day before and flew in last minute said she was building a new house and although it’s wonderful to be able to make all your own choices, that scared her too! She confided she wanted to be able to argue coherently with her contractor 😉 😉
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How to Create Instant Atmosphere in your New House (do this during your new build)