London builders: Comfort in a small bathroom. Part1.
In glossy magazines bathroom looks like as a luxurious salon. Shine and glitter everywhere, every trifle has its own place on the shelf, a glance through the window allows you to marvel at wonderful nature and clouds swimming in the sky. There is ample space for a training simulator, solarium and a couch to have a rest on it. But what do we have in a standard flat? Bathroom, combined with lavatory, with the area of 3-5 sq. m, which you can hardly dare to call "a room". But if the designer assumes the slogan "it is better to have less, but better", the result can be impressive.
Today we will tell you about methods, which allow to make a small bathroom into comfortable enough, beautiful and modern. Planning and location of the sanitary equipment is preconditioned by the location of lifting pipes, as well as run pipes of hot and cold water. The most fixed is the connection of the lavatory pan to the discharge stack. This part is usually hidden in the box that is hardly pleasant to look at. If the stack has been already built, it is better not only to hide it, but also to use it with utmost rationality, for example, to hide the toilet bowl into it.
If you resorted to re-planning, the range of decisions widens considerably. Rational location of the sanitary equipment easily to free some useful space. Modern sanitary equipment allows to mount the wash-bawl and lavatory pan on the one low partition from different sides, which provides the economy of space and functional zoning of the water closet. There are modern models of lavatory pans with deep washing off, which is fixed directly to the wall. Such decision helps not only to save area, but also increase the convenience of washing the lavatory pan. The partition can also divide the bathroom and the sink, or the sink and the shower cabin, which is thus reliably insulated. The principal advantage of such partition is that it conceals the pipeline system. Installation of pipelines of the sanitary equipment also is possible in adjacent to walls low pedestals of the bathroom. It reduces the time and cost of construction jobs, in this case it is possible to do without the brick-mason and plasterer. Built-in objects of sanitary equipment have various design.
The most popular are shells with jogs up to 1 m, their upper surfaces of which can be used as shelves. The pedestal elements can be faced by tiles, wall-papers or decorated by wood. The area can also be divided by more functional things, for example, by furniture; in the small lavatory, the toilet and wash-stand zone can be separated from each other by the narrow toilet box with the sliding section, and this box would be located on the electric heater that adds the electric heating system for floor, or on the other item, used in the bathroom. For complete comfort, the distance from the partition or wall of the box to the lavatory pan is to be not less than 10inches. The assembling unit of the sanitary equipment with the facing panel, built-in in the corner, occupies the minimum useful space. Corner decisions open large prospects. In the corner one can perfectly locate the laundry washer and small angular storage place over it, sometimes the bath, wash-bowl, lavatory pan can be assembled there, vacating their "traditional" places. Corner shower cabin allows to achieve comfort on the minimum area. Such variant is optimum for cramped premises: the centre of rotation of the door can be customised, it is also possible to purchase cabins with corner entry, with sliding doors and with round and pentahedral shape. As it is made from natural glass, it does not encumber the area.
In very small bathrooms it is possible to restrict yourself only to douche and to give up the build-in receptor. As a result, the room will seem more spacious. Such douche can be separated from the bathroom only by a light glass partition, which protects the premise from splashes.