We are currently obtaining approval to renovate our tiny 2 bedroom SW facing apartment. I was hoping you guys could remind me/open my eyes to something that I may be missing. Plans are currently:
Open to any advice!
Thank you so much
As everything is so tiny you really need to be super accurate with checking dimensions. It is always a struggle with making changes to plumbing in an apartment as other apartments can be affected.
My only two suggestions would be:
1) If you remove the existing vanity for a double shower then it will be too wide to get past to the toilet.
2) If you have a built-in robe at the opposite end of the room to what you have proposed it could run the full width of the room (about 3m). In the position that you have proposed, you are limited to about 2metres in width as you need to allow for the door swing. Whichever end it goes you need to confirm there is enough space for your bed and bedside tables.
When working with tight spaces it is always a good discipline to draw plans and internal elevations at 1:20 scale so that you can check details and door swings. Don't do any work until you have drawn everything (including your furniture) into the plan at a correct scale. More time spent on this process at the start will save mistakes and money as the job progresses.
Best of luck,
of Dr Retro House Calls
Thanks Dr Retro! Some great points.
I should have added that we are able to move the plumbing without affecting the other units and already have the go ahead from the builder. They can connect to the existing waste stack easily.
In regards to the double shower I was thinking more of a wet(ish) room design in order to compensate for those early morning bathroom peak hour issues. Just a panel of glass in-front of the main shower head. May not be very practical though.
Seeking advice on floor plan for a major reno.
Need help with my extension/reno floorplan
First own home and reno - would love thoughts and advice on floorplan
Floorplan design advice please
something like this? but dimensions will need to be very precise to allow reasonable walking space in the bathroom with a wall hung handbasin, and shallow wall shelf for counter space with a long narrow shower and consider 70cm deep cabinets for extra kitchen counter and underbench drawers with wall shelf hung mounted convection MW and built in cooktop
Don’t forget you still need somewhere for linen, broom and mop and vacuum and bags. Cupboards to ceiling help add storageAllow some flexible storage
Thanks very much Kate! Something I’ll definitely try to find somewhere for
I would rotate the toilet so back is along the outside wall. It would allow easier movement in room. Could be a case for a simple rod suspended from ceiling for a system for hanging clothes.
I like the layout now. You only need to remove the kitchen wall to open the living space and give yourself a lovely island. Its only small now, but functional. Put your money into good interior design.
I agree with just opening up the wall between the kitchen living making a galley kitchen
Missing is a cupboard for broom, vacuum and living necessities, eg Aires for washing. Why a double shower when there not much space and storage to work with? Unless you have a lock up in the garage you need to improve the storage options, eg suitcases, out of season clothes, recreational equipment - life’s stuff
where the old sit up bench was, turn that space into a Fridge space,with room for a small utility cupboard then use the Fridge/Linen for laundry out side the bathroom door
I agree with Dr Retro and Kate. As the bathroom is so small, why not make it a wet room? We turned our small downstairs bathroom into a wet room, with no walls for the shower. The room now feels really spacious, the toilet doesn't feel squashed in and it is very easy to clean. You have to make sure the whole room is properly waterproofed, but it is worth it. Also, you definitely need to plan some storage to make up for losing the 2 linen cupboards. If you put in a wardrobe along the wall suggested by Dr Retro, you will have space to partition some of it off for linen and maybe a broom cupboard. And definitely take all cupboards to the ceiling, everywhere. The extra storage will be surprising. As for the kitchen, I am a big fan of a galley kitchen in a small space. It gives you more room for dining and lounge areas. Have you walked around Ikea and looked at their suggestions for small areas? They have heaps of good ideas. As I see it, your main headache will be the fridge. Kitchens are very personal, I find. You need to think about the layout very carefully, and consider how you like to work in the kitchen. We are currently doing our kitchen after living in the house for over three years and taking most of that time to figure out exactly what we wanted. We then found a kitchen designer who was full of great ideas and helped us refine our broad ideas into the detail we needed. We have just finally approved the plans and finishes and are looking forward to the completion of our kitchen in 2 months.
There's some really good advice/feedback provided by others here that I won't repeat.
However, getting a sense of budegt for this kind of project can always be interesting. If you'd like to get a sense of the likley cost at this early stage, you might like to try this Home Renovations/Extensions Calculator.