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36 | Kitchen & Bath Design News April 2014 Designer's Notebook help you consider ways to rearrange adjacent areas, leading you to several viable solutions. • Pay close attention to the following areas: 1. The hallway leading to the bathroom; 2. Bedroom spaces shar- ing a wall with the bathroom; 3. Closet areas in the bathroom, in adjacent bed- rooms, or those sharing a wall with the bathroom. • When you arrive at the home, work in a clockwise fashion as you sketch the en- tire living area, noting each room's purpose – and take photographs. It's just impos- sible to remember the details of adjacent bedrooms, entry hallways, window placement, air conditioning ducts and the like. • Plot the existing plumb- ing supply, drain and vent system for the bathroom under redesign, so you are aware of any constraints that may impact your creative solution development. This same detailing is needed for the HVAC system and the hot water supply fxture serving the bathroom. • If the master bathroom under development is part of a master bedroom, discuss with your client how they use the sleeping portion of the master suite. 1. Do they have a large television and armoire now that might soon be replaced with a fat screen television attached to a wall? This can free up a lot of foor space. 2. Is there furniture locat- ed in the sleeping area that is never used? 3. Is there an interest in equipment that currently is not in the master sleep- ing space: a small morning kitchen, a piece of exercise equipment, a yoga mat that you should be aware of? I've discovered that if I carefully gather information about how adults use the bed- room space, I can often fnd creative ways to make this sleeping area smaller, or to reorganize or relocate clos- ets within that sleeping space that frees up square footage adjacent to the bathroom. Moving closet area walls (that have typical wood fram- ing with a drywall fnish) to other parts of the sleeping zone is generally practical and afordable. As you present your ideas, stay positive! Use words like "prioritizing," "trade-of" or "frst choice." If your client is unsure of a suggestion you have verbally discussed, take the time to draw simple foor plan options that dem- onstrate your design concept. Include the sleeping area and/or other existing furni- ture in your options so the client clearly understands the solution you are proposing. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CLIENT Pay careful attention to what the client wants in the new bathroom. Sometimes, we designers plan a bathroom that we think is ideal without quite completing an in-depth "due diligence" study of how our client would really like the room to work. • How do they want it to work? How the bathroom functions related to water ac- tivities, storage requirements and mechanicals (HVAC/ lighting) should be very • The existing bathroom layout wasted a lot of foor space in the central open area. The closet was awkwardly located within the confnes of the bathroom itself. • The design solution reoriented and increased the closet by changing the entrance to the sleeping zone of the master suite. The new bathroom area minimizes open foor space, while dramatically increasing the size of the shower shared by two adults at the same time. The L-shaped vanity was a compromise: Several alternative layouts were considered. The clients opted for this arrangement to avoid 'crowding' the bathroom space near the entry door. Designed by Pietro Giorgi, Sr., CMKBD, Giorgi Kitchens & Designs, Wilmington, DE; www.giorgikitchens.com and Shelly Preziosi, ASID, Shelly Preziosi Designs Inc., Boca Raton, FL; www.interiorsbyshellypreziosi.com • The before bathroom layout had an impossibly small master bathroom opening into an oversized bedroom zone that had an awkward public entrance. • The design solution created a more private entrance into the master bedroom suite when the bathroom became larger by reassigning some of the bedroom's foor space. Designed by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, Ellen Cheever & Associates, Wilmington, DE; www.ellencheever.com, and Pietro Giorgi, Sr., CMKBD, Giorgi Kitchens & Designs, Wilmington, DE; www.giorgikitchens.com • This before bathroom layout is one designers are often challenged by: A hallway bathroom serving as both a guest bathroom and the master bathroom locked into its existing space with a bedroom on each side. • Two possible solutions were considered. Option #1 expanded the bathroom space by incorporating 12" of the adjacent guest bedroom into the bathroom. You'll note this design change by the dotted line on the plan. Option #1 fulflled all of the clients' requests, but was a complicated construction plan to execute. • Option #2 expanded the bathroom by 24" taken from the adjacent guest bedroom. A more luxurious shower was possible. The extra 12" eliminated the complex intersecting angles of Option #1. Design by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, Ellen Cheever & Associates, Wilmington, DE; www.ellencheever.com KBD_34-41_DesignersNotebook.indd 36 3/14/14 10:44 AM

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