Well you can’t say we don’t listen to our followers! We loved hearing your feedback to the floor plan and were so pleased with all the great comments. We also noted that there were a few comments on the need for an extra toilet or powder room, so we went back to our designers At Scott Salisbury Homes and asked them to give us some more options to consider.
Actually, we did discuss the need for a guest toilet many times while we were designing the floor plan and Phil’s dad (who’s an architect) was quite insistent that we include one. However I was never happy with the options we came up with and in the end decided that two toilets was enough for a house that size and the bathroom that would be used the most was the main bathroom, which had easy access from the pool and outside for when we had guests. However a few people, usually with teenagers, also commented that a three way bathroom was more practical for when the kids were getting ready and our daughter was spending lots of time doing her hair. I replied that it would much more likely be our son spending too much time doing his hair, but I get the point!
We also thought about a three way bathroom, but in the end I liked how the all in one bathroom looked better. Not that I want to see a toilet, but I want that pretty picture of the bath under the window and don’t want that to be blocked.
However we did take all your feedback on and decided to back to the drawing board one last time to look at our options. The designers at Scott Salisbury Homes put their heads together and came back with these options. So, now we want your feedback again! Tell us which ones you like and why, or which ones you don’t and why.
Here is option 1, adding a cavity slider door from the hallway to the ensuite toilet so guests can access it. Personally, I don’t like this option because I don’t like the idea of a toilet coming off the hallway. I can just imagine the kids using it with the door wide option and someone comes over to walk into that! I also don’t really want guests using the ensuite toilet, so while this design works I wouldn’t chose this one.
Option 2. Adding a powder room to what was a storage area in the garage. This definitely works, but again, is it too close to the main living space? It is separated by a nib wall, but still if the kids had the door open it could be a bit dodgy…It would be better if the door came off the garage wall, but that’s just weird.
Option 3. Making the main bathroom a three way bathroom. This eliminates the need for an extra toilet (and extra cleaning!) and I don’t mind the positioning of the toilet out of the way and closest to the door. If we had a nib wall with a cavity sliding door into the shower and bath you could still keep it open most of the time, to get a nice visual (like the stunning bathroom picture) but if you had two people wanting to use the bathroom you could close it. The only thing is there is no window for the toilet so you’d always need the light on, but that’s the same with the ensuite and doesn’t bother me. Every hotel bathroom I’ve ever stayed in has that and we could always do a skylight. I do like this option…
Option 4. This one just came through, because I told them I liked the other option but wanted to see how it would work if we made the toilet completely separate. The one change I would make to this one is to get rid of the nib wall and door into the bath and shower because if the toilet has it’s own small basin you wouldn’t need to use that room and at so wouldn’t need the door. I also love that they’ve changed the little storage square in the garage to being accessible from the inside. I love that space!
At the moment option 3 or 4 are the front runners for me, but I’m not sure which I liked better. It is practical having the toilet be totally separate, but will it feel cramped with the basin in there? So let me know what you think! You now have influence over our final choice, so choose well!