Open-plan bathrooms – privacy nightmare or romantic dream-come-true? We splash into the conversation.
Open-plan bathrooms aren’t coming; they are already here. In greater and greater numbers of luxury hotels around the world, the open-plan bathroom has made an appearance.
Lately, open-plan bathrooms have also started to flow into private residences. Architects and developers, sold by ideas of romance, luxury and modernity, are bringing these audacious designs to life.
Googling ‘open-plan bathrooms’ for webpages will bring you a plethora of horror-filled articles. These mainly stem from travelling friends, forced to witness each other’s ablutions one too many times.
Yet googling the same term in image-search mode will display a huge variety of innovative, inspiring designs. Someone out there must like open-plan bathrooms, otherwise why are there so many?
In today’s blog, we take a look at some of the pros and cons of this modern design trend.
On the visual side, there is no denying that open-plan bathrooms can look stunning. The lack of walling maximises space, making open-plan bathrooms appear bigger, more luxurious, and open to flows of natural light and air. The design style enhances a natural look, working to minimise clutter and claustrophobia whilst still making a residence appear super-modern.
This effect also works on mood. As luxury hotels emphasise, open-plan bathrooms can be very romantic spaces for those in the right frame of mind. They encourage a relaxed feeling in both bedroom and bathroom, inviting you to walk bare and natural from one to the other, without the hassle of getting changed.
On a practical front, open-plan bathrooms perform well. Many feature walk-in showers, which are great for wheelchairs and the elderly, removing the obstacles of screen tracks and frames. A bigger bathroom space means there is less need for an intensive ventilation system, so fans may be smaller and quieter.
This modern design can also add considerably to a house’s real estate value. It may act as a point of differentiation in the crowded housing market, piquing interest for the right buyer.
However, as noted globally on a number of travel blogs, these bathrooms can be very awkward if they are shared by the wrong people. Many people believe a little mystery helps keep relationships strong; these bathrooms strip away the privacy of what may be the last refuge in a shared house.
In residences with only one bathroom, open-plans are not great choices for those who frequently have guests. Friends and relatives may not appreciate your ‘open’ perspectives.
Open-plan bathrooms also present some unique functional challenges. The usual problems of timing are exacerbated when the bathroom is placed in the bedroom; partners may be constantly waking each other up, particularly if one works considerably later or earlier than the other.
It can also be a challenging design for families; the relaxed and romantic feel of both bedroom and bathroom may be shattered by the necessity of children using the room.
We suggest if you’ve only got one bathroom, particularly if you have children, consider staying with a more traditional closed design. Otherwise you may find there’s a shortage of people on your guest-list. However, if you’re remodelling an ensuite to the master bedroom, an open-plan design might be just what you need to reinvigorate your residence.
Overall, open-plan bathrooms can be warm, inviting, relaxing spaces. However, a last piece of advice: whatever you’re planning, make sure your toilet stays put behind a firmly-entrenched solid door. There are some things that never need to be witnessed.
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