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Old 03-05-2011, 11:43 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I would appreciate the help. Want to do it once. I gutted my entire bathroom, no plumbing either. I want to make sure I get the best design out of this size and would appreciate your help. Please keep a few things in mind.

1-) its my only bathroom, need a tub and perferably a 6ft unit so I cant use it

2-) Need a small closet or shelve system.

3-) window can be moved and another one added.

4-) perfer a nice size vanity, 6ft??

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Old 03-06-2011, 12:39 AM   #2
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Assuming that the exterior wall is a double wall and can accept plumbing, I would do this:

Bathtub = 32" wide
Toilet = 36" (this gives 18" from center of bowl to either side)
Vanity= 6'8" long (can shorten with more space for toilet)
Toilet paper holder mounted on side of vanity.
Closet is floor to ceiling, about 2' wide.

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<----- Vanity----->|<-toilet->|<-tub->|
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                              |Closet |
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--- Door -----------------------------
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This layout puts all of the plumbing along one wall. The toilet is not a direct view from the door. Allows 5+ feet space between vanity and opposite wall for wheelchair rotation in the bathroom. Make the door "clearance" at least 32" for wheelchair accessibility.

Put the two faucet handles toward the toilet instead of on either side of the spout for easier accessibility by wheelchair person. Also easier to fill the tub to take baths for non handicapped people. But it is a bit unnatural for non handicapped people. Your call.

Install strong backing behind tub/shower walls to install safety bars later if needed. Or install all 3/4" panel around the entire tub for the same reason. 3/4" panel allows placement of safety bars "anywhere".

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HRG, thanks for the quick reply. I like your design but a couple of issues??

the exterior wall is 2x4, the plumbing that will go in that all is obv for venting purposes ( I have basement under this room), what kind of pvc will it be ?? 2.5 inchs???? I was hoping not to touch the exterior wall so I can fully insulate it.

No window with your layout????

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if the exterior wall is only 2x4, i would insulate and vapor barrier that wall, then build it out with more 2x4s all the way across to give you a place to run your piping. I like HRG's layout, maybe move the window over the water closet for some natural light
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if the exterior wall is only 2x4, i would insulate and vapor barrier that wall, then build it out with more 2x4s all the way across to give you a place to run your piping. I like HRG's layout, maybe move the window over the water closet for some natural light. or take it out and put in one of those tubes that act like a skylight
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HRG, thanks for the quick reply. I like your design but a couple of issues??

the exterior wall is 2x4, the plumbing that will go in that all is obv for venting purposes ( I have basement under this room), what kind of pvc will it be ?? 2.5 inchs???? I was hoping not to touch the exterior wall so I can fully insulate it.

No window with your layout????
As the_man suggested, you could make the entire 2x4 exterior wall thicker to accept plumbing required. Scabbing 2x3s on the existing 2x4s would make the inside dimension of the wall 6" thick. Or add 2x4s if you want an inside dimension of 7". Since your bathroom is 8' wide, the additional 2-1/2" added by the 2x3s would not have much of an impact except make the closet a little less wide.

Since you would have a large mirror or medicine cabinet above the entire vanity, a window cannot go there. So the only place left would be a window above the toilet. Make the window high if there can be a privacy issue. Since the exterior wall would be 6" thick (plus drywall), there can be a small ledge on the inside of the window where you can place ceramic figures or other small artful objects to spruce up your bathroom..

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k guys, I am going to be building the double wall this week and installing the window. I have a few questions about venting the toilet,sink and bath through this wall. This job will inspected by the town so everything has to be done by code. I will be buying a NY State plumbing code book and go over everything to verify. How does the diagram look?? the red line is the vent layout for the fixtures. I know each fixture has its own size vent line. I never did a bathroom from scratch but I know I can do it, just need to do some research! thanks!!!

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