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  • Writer's pictureChirag Bhatia

How to Design and Plan a proper Washroom Layout ?

When it comes to architecture and interior design then layout planning is the most important aspect for any project whether residential or commercial. Effective and efficient layout planning means balanced spaced utilisation thus giving a space which is both visually appealing as well as functional in terms of proper usage. According to leading an top architects in Delhi NCR a lot of time has to be spared when it comes to layout designing. Trends have also changed in the recent times thus giving a new dimension to architecture, interior design and space planning and also to the way architects and interior designers as well as the client looks at a certain space in the house. As one of the leading interior designers in Delhi we can assure you that a lot of dedication and interest has to be shown in case of planning and designing spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. People nowadays require utmost luxury when it comes to these spaces. There are a lot of expensive equipments and attachments available for bathrooms to make it a luxury space - after all you start your day here and it needs to be recreational.

Our team of leading and best architects in Delhi NCR have curated a list of mistakes that should be avoided while planning for a bathroom layout design.

1. Opening of the Bathroom Door

According to our team of architects it is the most common mistake often made by even the best of brains in the industry. You don’t want your bathroom door to open with a view to the toilet seat. No, thats really not happening. It is totally advisable that the toilet seat should be placed behind the washroom room which means when you open the bathroom door then the toilet seat should be behind the door and not in your direct view. This may seem to be a easy to plan consideration however in case of space limitation or small spaces it becomes difficult to incorporate this design principle thus it requires an expert guidance.

2. Limited Storage

As one of the best interior design firms in Delhi we would like to bring to everyone’s notice that these days bathrooms cannot be underestimated from design point of view. People desire a lot of design elements in their washrooms as they are well aware of the luxurious accessories available in the market. With lot of emphasis being given to self love, beauty and healthcare it is extremely necessary to give appropriate and more than sufficient storage space in the bathroom - both in terms of over the counter as well as cabinetry. According to our team of interior designers proper planning is required for under the counter storage, vanity cabinets, storage behind the mirror - with a combination of drawers and cupboards both. Even the shower area should have proper storage space for keeping toiletries. In case of large spaces there can be proper cabinets in the shower area and in case of space limitation there could be inbuilt niches which can work as storage.

3. Linear Design Principle

According to leading and experts team of architects in Delhi and across major cities the basic layout design principle that most architects and interior designers keep in mind is the linear layout design which goes in this path - dry area which the toilet seat, semi dry - which is the wash basin, wet area - which is the shower area.

4. Poor Lighting

Proper planning for effective lighting is an essential consideration of bathroom layout planning or interior designing. Lighting should incorporate a mix of various lighting source - downlighter below the cabinets or false ceiling, clove lights for ambient lighting, lights under the niches, lights behind the mirror or vanity area along with a source for natural lighting which means an introduction of window. Planning a layered lighting scheme that includes several different lighting sources is always a better design principle according to experienced interior designers and architects.

5. Utilising Large Spaces

It is a myth that large spaces can be planned in a more convenient way as compared to smaller spaces. Although the design possibilities increases when we have a large space but it also means proper and effective space utilisation so that no space looks wasted. After all space is a luxury and if you have it then it should be used to its maximum capacity. According to our team of interior designers in Delhi in case of bigger space a proper zoning of space should be done. This means creating separate shower and bath zone, vanity and toilet zone. One could have both a tub and then separate shower in a proper enclosure. Also a separate enclosed area for toilet seat can also be provided in large spaces. In case of big spaces one can ensure that the main bathroom has a separate toilet so people do not have to wait for the loo when someone is using the shower. Creating zones will enhance your experience of the bathroom and make it feel more luxurious.

6. Proper Electrical Points

Planning for lighting is one aspect and planning for proper electrical points is another aspect when it comes to interior designing or architectural layout planning of a bathroom. People use many appliances in the bathroom - shavers, dryers, geysers, exhaust fans, electric toothbrushes etc which definitely requires proper planning of appropriate number of electrical points which should also be placed at reasonable height distance for a person to be able to access them.

7. Planning for Accessories

Bathroom accessories cannot be an after thought. Planning has to be made for these accessories at the time of layout planning and elevation design. These accessories would include hand rail near the toilet seat as well as the shower, towel rails or shelves at appropriate space and height, shower panel, body jets, faucets, ceiling shower also known as rain shower and other accessories. All the wall mounted controls like faucets and hand showers should be at an height accessible by all family members irrespective of their height.

8. Drainage and Flooring

You cant leave your bathroom wet after using. It can be a hazardous accidental prone zone if left wet. So according to experienced architects proper drainage has to be planned at the time of bathroom architecture or interior design planning.

9. Ventilation

The bathroom is the most humid room in the house so proper ventilation becomes inevitable. Bathroom ventilation systems are designed to exhaust odours and moist air to the home's exterior. Typical systems consist of exhaust fan unit connected to a duct that terminates at the roof. Windows are a natural source of ventilation and exhaust in case of bathrooms. As a leading interior design firms in Delhi our team of interior designers take proper care of such considerations.

10. Wall and Floor Finishes

It is extremely necessary to have a choice of flooring which is non slippery. One can go in for anti slippery tiles and marble flooring as per their budget. In case of shower area a combination of tiles and pebbles - natural pebbles or pebble tiles can be used to make it more attractive. For walls there are a lot of cladding materials like wooden tiles which gives a cozy look to the washroom, regular wall tiles or stone / marble wall cladding. Proper grouting is essential when it comes to applying wall cladding finishes to the walls.

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