Separate Toilets?

Most house plans show a toilet in the master bathroom but a separate toilet in the other bathroom……………. Why?

Maybe it’s because you don’t want visitors to see the bathroom, but where are they going to wash their hands?

Is it because you want somewhere quiet to go and read?

In England the only time people generally had a separate toilet was downstairs when the main bathroom with a toilet was upstairs. I used to hang my college certificates in the downstairs toilet in one house. That’s because I think you should never be in a dignified position when you are reviewing your achievements.

To make your house more accessible for a disabled visitor, or even old or injured family members, it’s easier for the toilet to be in the bathroom. To get an idea go and look how a disabled toilet is organised in your local shopping centre.

I suppose if you have a big family queuing for the bathroom it might be a problem but then I would have though the best thing would be, rather than have a bathroom and a toilet to have two shower rooms each having a washbasin and a toilet. With the shower rooms being smaller than a bathroom they probably wouldn’t take up much more space than a bathroom plus toilet. Perhaps in one room you could have a half bath rather than a shower tray so you could still be able to give small children and babies a bath.

If you really want a separate toilet, as many people do, here are a couple of reasons why you might think of opening the door outwards rather than inwards as is typical.

  • You can make the toilet area a bit smaller which can help fit it in.
  • If someone passes out they will most likely fall forward against the door. If the door opens inwards how would you get them out?

One question I haven’t resolved is how should you decorate a separate toilet and should you install magazine rack? After all reading on the toilet is the only time most of us men do any multi-tasking.

As you can see I can’t take this issue too seriously so here’s an appropriate web page.Strange Toilets

 

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