In Summary
  • “The idea of a pigeonhole for a bathroom window is ancient. With the introduction of various translucent glass and perspex material, it’s possible to install large windows and vents and still achieve privacy,” Ms Uchi says.
  • In case you have a small bathroom, there are imaginative ways to use colour and lighting to make it appear bigger
  • In most instances, people are tempted to go for smaller plumbing fixtures than the recommended sizes as they seek to have more free space, but Ms Uchi has a different opinion. “Always adhere to building codes and dimension clearances to ensure safety and efficiency."

A bathroom is a place that provides relief and rest, and enables one to reconnect with themselves, away from the rest of the world. And a tastefully furnished bathroom offers more than just great me time; creative and vivid décor triggers ecstatic emotions in the brain, making for maximum relaxation.

If, on the other hand, the room is squeezed, stuffy, slimy or has a dull, uninspiring design, these benefits may well be a long shot. While cabin fever is worse than actual illness, being in such an environment leaves you bored, and perhaps even worse off.

Have you ever wondered why most bathrooms tend to be small and generally claustrophobic?

Ms Sylvia Uchi of PD Interiors blames it on poor planning.

“Space planning is a key component of interior design, but which is often overlooked. Despite helping to maintain practical and proportional sizes of all the rooms in a building, it’s regrettable that most architects skip this critical procedure,”  she says.

Architects use CAD (Computer Aided Design) to generate illustrations and drawings of the final structure. This enables designers to perceive the proportions of all the rooms before construction begins.

“Sketches are an exact reflection of the final layout. They offer you the opportunity to execute the necessary adjustments in case of imbalance in the sizes of your rooms,” Ms Uchi offers, adding that   things such as furniture, plumbing features (water closet, wash basin, bathtubs, and bidets) should be included in the drawing to give a clear picture of how much space will remain after all the fittings have been installed.

“However, commercial property always seeks to maximise on the number of units. They, therefore, intentionally downsize some rooms to have more floor space. And the first victim is usually the washroom,” she notes.

Easy movement

Before construction begins, Ms Uchi recommends, a study of the general traffic flow into the bathroom should be conducted during the planning process.

“Naturally after using the water closet, one will have to wash their hands. The position of the wash basin and the water closet must,  herefore, be accurately studied before they are installed,” she says.


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