GIRLS' BATHROOM DESIGN - MOUNT VALLEY PROJECT
The boys’ and girls’ bathrooms at the Mount Valley Project have the same basic layout but are mirrored images of each other. The boys bath has a shower only, while the girls’ have a tub / shower combo.
As originally drawn and designed, in each of the baths there wasn’t enough wall space allotted between the window and where the mirror should go without crowding the space.
FINE-TUNING THE FLOOR PLAN
We did some fine-tuning with the cabinet design to make it all work. Here’s what we did:
Offset the location of the sink by dividing the cabinet into thirds, giving the majority of the space to the sink cabinet
Specified a sink that fit nicely in the cabinet while still providing ample room for washing and brushing
Placed the mirror centered on the sink
Maintained the standard 24” cabinet depth at the sink and added furniture legs to give that portion of the cabinet more visual weight and prominence
We included drawers in the remaining portion of the cabinet, and reduced the depth of that section by approximately 2”. This was also done to establish balance within a asymmetrical design
A wall light was then centered above the drawers and alongside of the mirror
BENEFITS OF THE NEW PLAN
Besides the visual balance that was achieved with the changes, we also improved the function of the cabinet by:
Providing more practical storage. The storage under the sink isn’t the most ideal with having the p-trap run through it, but it can work for a place to store bulky items like toilet paper and towels. By shifting the sink over, we were able to get a bank of drawers for toiletry storage
The off-set sink also provided more counter space instead of having the counter be separated by the sink
Often when it comes to fine-tuning bathroom plans, it comes down to finding just the right fixtures to allow for the new and improved design to work. That makes sourcing and specifying fixtures a critical part of the design process. Everything shown in the drawings above are drawn to scale and have been selected specifically for this project.
MORE LIGHTING OPTIONS
Design projects are typically dynamic and fluid. For example, after we designed the girls’ bathroom the clients came upon a beautiful chandelier that they wanted to include in their girls’ shared bedroom. This meant that we needed to backtrack with the bathroom lighting selections in order for the lighting in both spaces to pair well with one another. Here’s the new lighting options we came up with:
THE TAKE AWAY
If you come across and fall in love with something new while your project is moving along, don’t hesitate to explore if there is time to shift directions. Fortunately, we were ahead of schedule with selections so there was plenty of time to explore new options with this project.
Did you notice though among the new lighting options they were all the same type of light fixtures - wall light and a semi-flush. We didn’t go completely rogue and change the type of fixture. For example, if we had decided to eliminate the wall light and go with a bath bar instead, it would have required changes with the location of the electrical, and possible a patch in the dry wall.
Gone are the days of buying collections of light fixtures. The goal is to create a curated look by choosing fixtures that pair well together while not looking overly matched.
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Photo Credit: Jessica White Photography