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Old 01-06-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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Hi there.

I've began a major remodel of our master bedroom, bathroom and a walk in closet.

I'll be taking pics and posting a showcase as I go, but before that, I'd like to start with the plan and see if anybody has any suggestions.

Here's some sketchup photos of the design:


Take a look and let me know what you think!


Edit - Oh and the bathroom floor will be tile. Sketchups just giving me a hard time changing the texture in that area for some reason...

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what are you showing here?
Is one of these a before and one an after?
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One room doesn't have a door. Gonna be hard to get in there to paint it.
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Oh, sorry...
No - not before and after. This is the plan for the new. It's actually the whole house, but it's the bedroom and bathroom that I'm focusing on now.

I didn't bother showing the old. It's half way gutted.

The closet is at the top of the first pic. Shows a small computer desk in it. Currently this is just a small room. I walk through it to get to the bedroom from the house's main hall.

I'm actually trying to focus on the bathroom and bedroom design...
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One room doesn't have a door. Gonna be hard to get in there to paint it.
LOL.

Here. Maybe this will clarify:
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I'm actually trying to focus on the bathroom and bedroom design...
Find some large sheet graph paper, a pencil, a ruler and an eraser.

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Umm. Thanks. That's actually what I started with before moving to the 3D model.

I'm really just looking to see if anybody sees anything that I'm missing. Something that would make more sense in the design - visually or functionally.
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Here's a 2D overhead:
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My two cents - for resale value (and presumably your use and comfort), would think you'd want a shower in the master bath or shower/bath combo rather than a corner tub. I'm always amazed how many new or close to new corner tubs I see on craigslist for sale - they fit into a corner nicely but people don't realize in the planning stage that they're not practical (not comfortable to sit in for one let alone two people) and end up ripping them out. Is your shower in another bath? If you have at least 5 feet of width to work with, you can put in a bath/shower combo if you need to have a tub there. Alternatively, I'd think about forgoing the tub altogether and put in a nicely sized tiled shower (assuming you have another bathroom that has a tub, again thinking about resale here). Bedroom is somewhat tight but will be cosy and clothes storage can work with your plan to convert office into walk in closet - recommend you put in lots of shelves to accomodate what you might normally store in a dresser drawer (and won't have room for in bedroom). Is this an urban place? Layout reminds me of our greystone in Chicago.
Hope this is helpful. Again, only my thoughts. Good luck!
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Agree with 2cheap...those tubs are hard to get into and way too big for a room that size. I'd opt for shower also.

Backdoor wont open cause toilets in the way.
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My two cents - for resale value (and presumably your use and comfort), would think you'd want a shower in the master bath or shower/bath combo rather than a corner tub. I'm always amazed how many new or close to new corner tubs I see on craigslist for sale - they fit into a corner nicely but people don't realize in the planning stage that they're not practical (not comfortable to sit in for one let alone two people) and end up ripping them out. Is your shower in another bath? If you have at least 5 feet of width to work with, you can put in a bath/shower combo if you need to have a tub there. Alternatively, I'd think about forgoing the tub altogether and put in a nicely sized tiled shower (assuming you have another bathroom that has a tub, again thinking about resale here). Bedroom is somewhat tight but will be cosy and clothes storage can work with your plan to convert office into walk in closet - recommend you put in lots of shelves to accomodate what you might normally store in a dresser drawer (and won't have room for in bedroom). Is this an urban place? Layout reminds me of our greystone in Chicago.
Hope this is helpful. Again, only my thoughts. Good luck!
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Thanks for this advice!
The other bathroom does accommodate a shower. Shower only, actually, so yes, I do need to get a tub in there.

I didn't realize that the corner tubs were uncomfortable. I figured it would be the opposite. And that's what I'm looking for is comfort for 2 people.
Also, I was planning on opting for the Kohler 5454, which is only a 4 1/2' model to save space. Now I'm worried that if the 60" are uncomfortable, the 54 may be really bad.

This is actually a suburban Cape Cod with an addition off the back.
The tiny room that will be the closet would have been a bedroom. The new bedroom and bath are part of the addition.

I'm going to research and reconsider the corner tub. I checked my local Craigslist and you're right - there is a lot of people dumping them off...

Thanks again.

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Agree with 2cheap...those tubs are hard to get into and way too big for a room that size. I'd opt for shower also.

Backdoor wont open cause toilets in the way.
As far as getting into the tub, I see some photos online where they've added a step into the box. This may be a consideration if I decide to go with the corner setup.

You're right about the toilet issue. I accidentally used an elongated toilet in the model. I measured it out and I think a regular size toilet will allow just enough clearance.


Does anybody have any thoughts on using the multipass doors for this project?
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I found this American Standard Cadet model. It looks like the most comfortable of all that I've seen.


It actually has 2 distinct seats. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
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The sides of that tub are 60". Usable space inside the tub cant be any more than about 36". I'm of average size and for sure wouldnt be comfortable.

But you seem to like it. I'll give you $50 for it next January.
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A good friend (who also happens to be an architect) stopped over last night with some suggestions.

The main one was to do away with the 3' x 9' corridor that you would need to pass to enter the master bedroom. Makes sense. I really didn't need all that closet space anyway.

Here's the new plan. Basically, chamfer off the closet. Leave 24" of open wall on the back and eliminate the window. Put the door on the angle, leaving another 24" on the opposite wall. This leaves a 2' walkway up the middle and plenty of storage. I think I came up with a pretty good design from easyclosets.com.

I think this really goes a long way to opening up this tiny bedroom. Especially the perception of walking into it. I do believe that this modification is well worth the effort.

One thing that concerns me though is having the TV way up above the bathroom doorway. We're talking 80+ inches to the bottom. I'm hoping that with an angled bracket, that it won't be so bad...

As always, feedback is appreciated!
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