PART 2 – Bathrooms (The Ultimate 3D Puzzle)
The ultimate 3D puzzle! Possibly the most challenging interior design puzzle, ever invented. We have to blend a floor layout, with sections (probably angled) and then get services in and out (often more of a challenge out than in) and ventilate the space. Once you have done this you need to do the final check, which is the door openings (shower door too). Just because it fits, don’t presume you can open doors. Check, check and check again.
As a rule the shower would be positioned in the space with the most headroom. If you want to stand under a shower, factor this into your measurements. It may be that you are restricted to a sliding wall bar variety.
Basins and WCs protrude from the wall, which means that if they are fixed to an exterior (angled) wall you can gain the depth of the cistern/basin when calculating headroom. In this scenario you may not be able to have a mirror in front of your basin. If this is the case perhaps consider a unit with a deep enough surround that you can have a freestanding shaving mirror. Alternatively a smart shaving/make up mirror fixed to a wall may do the trick.
Can a strategically placed Velux window lend you some extra headroom? Definitely a consideration and often a game changer.
Concerning getting waste away, the first thing to look at is existing drains. Creating extra drains costs money. This is where your builder/plumber/designer or architect is of great value and is probably your starting point. The general rule is to get waste away as directly as possible. The less twist, turns, angles and distance the better and gravity helps. A plus point of loft bathrooms is there are possibly spaces running around exterior walls in which pipe runs may be disguised.
Please also consider water pressure. When adding extra bathrooms to existing homes, water pressure can be an issue. Do get a professional to check your pressure and take their advice on adding extra services. Is your current arrangement up to the job?