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.

Must have a separate toilet

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

N.B I hope you liked the photo of the Avocado Bathroom. . . it was very trendy when we were re-modelling our first home

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Toilet House

Yes this house really has been built to look like a toilet.

It was built in 2007 by Sim Jae-Duck (Mr Toilet Duck??), Chairman  of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association.

Located in the city of Suwon, around 40 km south of Seoul, it’s considered the largest toilet sculpture in South Korea.

The house is officially named ‘Haewoojae’, a Korean term for ‘sanctuary’ or a place that eases one’s worries.

Upon founding the World Toilet Association, Mr. Sim pushed for the establishment of international standards on how to clean restrooms as a way to maintain public health.

The global non-profit organization also advocates for zero-waste restroom essentials, such as the use of recycled toilet paper, organic hygiene products, and greywater.

Mr. Sim is famously known in Asia as ‘Mr. Toilet’, a reputation that actually started in the late 1990s to the early 2000s when he served as the mayor of Suwon.

He championed efforts to promote sanitation and prevent malfunction in public toilets all over the city.

However, his fascination and passion for toilet culture apparently began from birth as he was, in fact, born in a toilet. In South Korea, there’s a belief that people born in toilets are bound to lead long and prosperous lives.

After Mr. Sim’s passing in 2009, his house was turned over to the local government.

The 400 sq m building originally featured four deluxe toilets but has now been adapted to a toilet museum so there should be plenty more now.

The building  is made of white concrete, steel, and glass with a roof opening that resembles that of a toilet bowl.

Inside are two exhibition floors full of toilet-themed paintings and sculptures, as well as information on the history and mission of the World Toilet Association.

Haewoojae is open for visitors and can be even rented for $50,000 a night.

Thanks to ‘This Old House’ for the photo.

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