May 24, 2016 Steve Shinn, CR

Considering a Bathroom Remodel? Think Carefully about the Layout.


Building a new home or planning a bathroom remodel can be very exciting in terms of bathroom design and layout. All of the excitement can also be replaced with an overwhelming sense of frustration when you realize your ideal bathroom isn’t coming together just right. The bathroom layout and design is an extremely important factor when you’re remodeling or designing a bathroom for your new home. Let’s look at several layout considerations to keep in mind while you’re planning.

Questions to Consider

  • How many people will use this particular bathroom? The master bath is generally used by one or two people. Additional bathrooms may be used by any number of people depending on the size of your family.
  • How will the newly remodeled bathroom be used? The master bath is often where the homeowner(s) prepare for work and other events, so do you need a makeup mirror? A linen closet? Dual shower setup?
  • How much privacy do you need? Some couples are fine dealing with all bathroom needs without privacy where others prefer privacy at the toilet or in the tub. Decide how much privacy will be needed in your new bathroom.
  • Where will things go? We’ll touch on this more in a later section as part of the layouts.

Bathroom Layouts

Most bathrooms fit into one of four categories – half-bath, three-quarter bath, full bath, and luxury bath. The half bath includes a toilet and a sink for washing hands. The three-quarter bath usually includes a toilet, sink, and shower stall with no tub. The full bath has a toilet, sink, shower, and tub. And the luxury bath has all the bells and whistles required to be truly elegant and luxurious.

Common Guidelines to Consider for your bathroom remodel:

  • Entry Door – The door should be 34 inches wide at minimum. The bigger and more ornate the door, the more luxurious the bathroom will appear.
  • Door Interference – No fixture, door, or drawer should block the entry door. Make sure the door can be opened even with cabinet doors and drawers open.
  • Floor Space – Open floor space is extremely important when you’re building the bathroom. More floor space makes the bathroom feel large and luxurious even if actual square footage is limited.
  • Shower Size – The average shower stall is 36×36 inches with a door that swings out. Make sure there is plenty of space for the door to swing open without hitting another piece of furniture. Larger and more complex showers with options for steam and music are wonderful for a luxury bathroom.
  • Bathtub Dilemma – Many homeowners moved away from installing a bathtub in lieu of a standalone shower in the 1990s and early 2000s. We’re seeing a lot more homeowners request space for a large tub in today’s bathroom designs.
  • The Toilet – You may think a toilet is just a toilet, but once you really start looking into designs and options, you will discover that you have quite the decision to make. Choose a nice toilet with added functionality for a more luxurious bathroom.
  • Storage – Everyone needs a good amount of storage in the bathroom. Decide how much storage you need early and make sure to discuss this with us before we begin the planning process. We want to make absolutely sure that you have the storage you need in the bathroom you deserve.

Give us a call at 480-895-3442 if you would like to discuss bathroom remodel design options and ideas with Tri-lite Builders. We have been assisting homeowners in the greater Phoenix area with incredible bathroom designs since 1982. Our goal is to remove the stress and allow you to thoroughly enjoy the bathroom remodeling process. Take a look at what our clients say about us before you make your final decision to remodel with us.

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