A family friend recently went through a renovation that would add a bathroom on the main floor. The space decided upon was a meagre 4 x 7 feet which technically is big enough for a powder room. The only question was: ‘how do we fit everything in here?’ Well, for starters they needed to be clear on the function of the room and what was NOT needed. The only two fixtures required are a toilet and a sink as they have a full bathroom on both the upper and lower levels of the house.
When I first met with them, their idea, as per the contractor, was to install a base cabinet so as to have some storage. I thought the space was too small for a cabinet and suggested a pedestal sink or a small sink mount. So I had to come up with some drawings to show them what would and would not work. Here are the two options for cabinet placement. The other walls comprise of windows and the entry door so this is the only corner being considered.
A typical base cabinet is 24″ wide and as you can see this plan is not super functional as there would be no space to manoeuvre around the cabinet and it’s a bit bulky to place this cabinet right in the doorway. Very awkward. The only other option for the cabinet would be where the toilet is as shown below.
Hmm. This just makes the room feel even smaller and there is less than two feet clearance in front of the toilet. Walking first thing into a toilet probably isn’t the nicest thing either! 🙂 Nope this plan is out. Finally, I showed them the plan without a cabinet and they were more convinced that this is the way they should go.
In the end, they decided on a small sink mount which looks fantastic. The room is bright and airy and spacious enough to move comfortably around in. As soon as I can I will post photos of the finished room!