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Old 11-15-2011, 09:56 AM   #16
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This is great in theory, but it depends entirely on who you have showering at your house.
Precisely!

For my second wife? Open against the heater.
For my first wife? Open against the tub. And double the shower curtain up.

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:01 AM   #17
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...and is 30" a good door width or should i go with something else? suggestions, please.

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How long do you plan to be in this house?
More and more there is an emphasis or trend on making residential bathrooms handicapped accessible or ADA compliant. If you're gutting the room you might think about wider doors, blocking for future grab bars etc. You never know what the future may bring.
I know there is a thread or two on this subject floating around here somewhere, but I can't seem to locate them right now. Maybe someone else can find them. I need to leave right now to pick up my one-eyed limping dog from the vet. And no, is name is not Lucky.
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That's a very good point. Also consider the threshold height where the flooring breaks at the doorway if you're going ADA. It's a pretty big selling point, especially in older (house AND resident) neighborhoods.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:03 PM   #19
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if it isnt framed i vote open against the radiator if it opens in. if it isnt framed is the radiator there already?
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lets vote. if you like it opening against the radiator and towards the tub, as is shown, please click "THANKS" to this post.
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if you like it opening against the tub and towards the radiator, as is shown, please click "THANKS" to this post. otherwise, click "THANKS" to the above post.
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In our house we leave the bathroom door fully open when the room is not in use. Would leaving the door in that position (post #20) against the radiator affect it's efficiency?
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i need some votes above. it is really still unclear as to what i should do.

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As a house designer I have a few things to say. First thing is, when you're in the rest of the house what do you want to be looking at through the open door? The radiator -the antique ones can be done up beautifully- or the tub? Sightlines are very important.

As far as wheelchair accessibility, it's a noble thought and any allowance you make for a chair is truly wonderful. But... a person in a chair needs 18" clearance beside the door so that they can get close enough to reach it. And once in the bathroom is their room for the chair to turn around? One needs close to 60" for that depending on the chair. Imagine someone stuck in there and not able to turn around to open the door. 30" is the typical door size for bathrooms and bedrooms. Some chairs might fit through but they'd probably scrape the edges of the jams. If you're thinking that it's accessible for guests in chairs who'd have help getting around then go for at least a 28" door and leave the area under the counter free so the chair can use that space to manuever around. A grab bar at the toilet is certainly a good idea too, even for those not in chairs. Best idea yet is to have all homes built without a theshold to climb over, or steps at the door -I know I'm dreaming.

One more thing, where would you mount a door stop? If it's the typical residential one it's probably not going to go on your tub nor on your radiator.

There's lots to consider. It's like the biggest decision ever to be made.
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Since it's not wired -
I would have it swing back toward the tub -
Place the switch on the wall above the radiator -
A farther reach than having the switch over the shelf -
Probably safer.
Less chance someone will stand in the tub and try to reach the switch
for the light, fan, etc...
Make sure the switch/light/fan... are GFCI protected!

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There's always a pocket door if walls allow for it.
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There's always moving the switch to the outside too.
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Hell, buy a new house with a bathroom door layout that you like.
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There's always moving the switch to the outside too.
HELL NO !!!!!!!!
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Yeah "househugger" - "move the switch outside" -
We've had to do that!
Those "pesky" inspectors!

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"amakarevic" - why not!??
You're in the shower/tub and someone turns the lights off!
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