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Joanne Stimson
Thanks for some great advice. however, be mindful that a tap on the opposite wall to the shower may mean annoying trips backward and forward adjusting the water temperature.
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I can never understand why so many toilets, within bathroom schemes, are crammed into a corner or placed between, say, the basin and the shower, with no elbow room. Make space, people; forego a seldom used full-sized bath if necessary, but ensure all your bathroom amenities are places of comfort. Attractive aesthetics may be desirable, but no amount of plush towels will substitute for comfy ergonoics in a bathroom. Good advice from others here too, about what are really common-sense matters; thorough waterproofing and conveiently acessesible tapware, toilet roll holders and towel rail and racks placement, but add to these - not least - practically-positioned, stylish lighting. Remember that tilers are not designers; they'll lay any tile anywhere. So be sure your tile sizes are proportionate to the bathrooms dimensions - e.g. 600 x 600 tiles might be 'trending' - O.M.G. that word again : ( but they just look wrong in most bathrooms; too often with one row cut disproportionately different to the rest, so as to fit. Most importantly, only use an Epoxy grout; it won't crack or stain over tiime like regular grouts do. Lastly, subject to wall space and window positions, stylishly well-designed and properly placed mirrors can make a smaller bathroom seem much bigger and brighter, so don't scrimp on the cost of good mirrors.

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Grerat points to mention and I totally agree but you must remember sometimes these "bad" designs are "non negotiable" to the average new home owner that go with contract homes. If I'd have ever got my home built by such people, I would have driven them nuts with issues like you have mentioned ha-ha

They will bedazzle people with comments like "that will cost thousands to change" or "it's too late to change" and often with slabs homes it is too late but more often than not, these big instiutions frighten people into thinking it can't be done without having to sell a kidney to cover the extra costs.

I have mentioned in other threads on such building topics about making sure noggins are in place for such things like the toilet roll holder or towel rails and heaters, even when wanting to hang pictures or any artwork throughout the home to have supports installed especially for curtains for example, which is dead easy to do during the framing process.

We built our own home so we had free rein on such things, we have a beautiful glass brick window in our bathroom and happen to have 600 x 300 wall tiles running horizontally and the floor tiles which are 300 x 300 match up with the grout of the wall tiles perfectl, which is hard to do but can be achieved with a bit of planning.

I HATE toilets in bathrooms, so ours has a seperate room but sometimes that can't be done due to space. Seems to me that the open plan living theme as we have and love, takes so much precedence that a decent size bathroom, toilet or laundry is out of the question. Our bathroom is 3.9 x 3.9 our laundry 3.9 x 2.0 and our toilet although designed to be invalid friendly is 2.0 x 1.9. The other thing too about contract homes is that the bedrooms are also tiny at times, all because of all the space being chewed up by open plan living!! Contract homes in general sound big is sq mtrs but often include things like the garage and veranda's in the measurements so the usuable space in the home for a listed 25 sqm home for exampl, might only be 15-18 sqm or so and that is a small home with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms usually.

Our home has 23sqm usuable space, that is to say I measured weach room wall to wall and we have a further 7sqm on top of that for an indoor pool and then there is the veranda around the entire perimeter of the home and carport on top of that and we weren't rich given our house sounds big, we simply built it ourselves because we could, again something many others simply can't do but our home cost us $250,000 to build using beautiful limestone bricks too.

People really need to take back the power to be able to haggle over certain things they want in a home, even a contract home, after all it's being built for them isn't it??

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