The National Kitchen and Bath Association is an excellent resource and the guide that kitchen and bathroom designers use to plan footprints and spacing in a homeowners renovation. One of the key elements in space planning is knowing where to put fixtures and vanities, but also where NOT to put them.
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1. Door Spacing
Door spacing is one of the most important elements in bathroom design. One of the biggest challenges a homeowner can face is a very tight footprint to work with. Usually the original footprint of a bathroom is the most efficient, as they would had to have followed a building code at the time of renovation or construction. Sometimes moving plumbing and electrical lines can be expensive, so if it's possible to keep the same fixtures in their place, but instead find modern alternatives, this may be the most ideal scenario.
In instances where there is room to expand the bathroom into another space of the home and a small footprint is not too much of an issue, keep in mind that in the same way the kitchen has a 'work triangle'-so should your bathroom.
2. Sink Spacing
Sink spacing is important because if the sinks are too far apart it prohibits electrical outlets from being on the wall near the sink. If the sinks are too close together, it makes ease of use difficult, defeating the purpose of having sinks that can accommodate two users at the same time.
For pedestal sinks, it's important to have at least 4 inches of clearance from the wall, allowing for a minimum of 15 inches of clearance from the center of the sink. To be on the safe side, you should shoot for 20 inches of clearance to allow for ease of use.
3. Shower Width & Floor Spacing
Many homeowners dream of a large and spacious shower with custom tile and niches galore, but sometimes budget or structural limitations can squash those dreams. One thing to keep in mind is that your shower should be a minimum of 30 inches wide and deep. Not only is this to code, but it also allows for a person to move around easily. 36 inches is the ideal amount of space. This is where working with a qualified designer is so essential, because they show you how to maximize the space you have in the most efficient way.
4. Electrical Spacing
Many homeowners ask for more outlets in their bathroom renovations. Sharing one outlet with another person can seem unpleasant, especially if you both get ready at the same time in the morning. One thing to keep in mind is that electrical outlets and light fixtures, especially hanging light fixtures, cannot be within a certain distance from a water source like your tub or faucet. This is especially important for homeowners who have children or teenagers that may try to use electronics while bathing.
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