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Old 05-03-2018, 08:36 AM   #1
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Hello, my boyfriend and I recently bought a new house. The placement of the downstairs bathroom is very weird. It is off the kitchen and you have to pass through it to access the backyard. I was thinking of putting a door to give more privacy but don't know what will work best. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.
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If you install a door, what are you going to do for light?
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I would have a light with a vent put in on the ceiling.

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interesting. a sliding glass door going to outside from a bathroom
with a bathroom used as a pass through from kitchen to backyard.

I'd start with economical (vertical) blinds
until you decide on a permanent solution.

what type exterior is on your home?

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Sure, a door could be installed for the bathroom. With the 4-5 in. wide parallel lines on the floor, it almost looks like it had a wall there before. Looks like a switch beside the slider door that may have to be re-located.

When I look at the bathroom while zooming in, it appears to have a toilet and a tub only. There is NO hand sink ? If there is not, this is a REAL issue in my opinion.
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Can't see your entire layout.... but in principle, I'd put the door on the bath, get rid of the tub for maybe a retro or "cute" sink and base, and make it a nice powder room.....

But get rid of the kitchen door so you have direct exterior access... don't know if you have enough room for a small "mudroom" or coat rack effect in that entry transition..
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The exterior is wood shingles I believe.
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There is a sink located behind where the Pic is taken, directly across from the toilet.
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An accordion door would work. I wouldn't remove the tub.
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Are you standing in front of the sink for the purpose of taking the
photo? Can you post a pic from standing in front of the toilet?
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I timed out to edit my post...

I'm confused -- is that sliding door smack in the middle of
the bathroom? Bathtub and toilet on one side of the door,
and sink on the other side of the door?
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Yup, the sink, washer and dryer is on one side. Then you have the two doors in the middle and the toilet and tub on the other. I don't have any more pics at the moment. We have not moved in yet.

Thank you for your suggestions so far.
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Is there another full bath in the house?
I'm assuming that sliding door is the only door to the backyard?

If so, ( on both assumptions ) think about pulling out the tub, and installing
a sink/vanity in that tub area -- which would turn it
into a little powder room. Install a door into the toilet and sink area.
Assuming that the tub area is 5 foot long,
shorten the room a bit as well so that the new entry way door
( into the bathroom ) is not on top of the sliding door.

Leave the washer and dryer where it is... Use the area
created by removing the old sink ( by the washer and
dryer) to make a closet...

It's better to walk through a laundry room than walk through a
bathroom to get to the outside...

edit, you also have to put a window in the toilet area.
You can make it frosted glass if you choose.
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Good post TK,

There is just something about the hand wash sink being "remote" and way across the room from the toilet area.... that bugs me. And your advice solves that one.
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Is a window required? I though you just needed suitable ventilation, which I'm pretty sure a normal bathroom fan would provide. Since you're putting in a light anyway, you're already doing electrical work. Cutting a hole for the vent would be simpler than framing in a window.

Hiding the toilet in it's own little powder room will make the rest of the space into a nice combination mud room / laundry.

Someone must have had some very specific requirements to set it up the way it is. Tub and toilet open to the entryway? Sink way over on the other side? Curious.
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