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mbwalter
Bathroom remodel

How small is too small for a occasionally used 3 peice guest bathroom?

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Bathroom remodel

You can get a tub down to 4 feet wide, squeeze in a toilet and sink in 7 foot long, for a total of 28 sf, but your local building codes may differ. Smaller bathrooms aren't good for handicapped, and those with mobility problems (sports injuries) and those with vision impairments.

Re: Bathroom remodel
mbwalter wrote:

How small is too small for a occasionally used 3 peice guest bathroom?

Tub required?

If space is an issue, look into a space saving shower. Those can get pretty small.

I guess the real question is: How big are the guests? ;)

dj1
Re: Bathroom remodel

Too small is when an able person feels cramp, can't turn comfortably and hits something to his right and left.

Figure 18'-24" for a lavatory, 30" for a toilet, 3'x3' for a tiny shower stall and 24" front clearance and you get approx 25 sf. Don't forget the door.

That's tiny. For a handicapped person you need different measurements.

Always check with your local building dept.

t_manero
Re: Bathroom remodel
mbwalter wrote:

How small is too small for a occasionally used 3 peice guest bathroom?

What are you trying to accomplish ?

The most efficient design that I've seen is what I had in a previous house and the Embassy Suites bathroom.

Picture a rectangle about 10' x 5' -

One 5' side is a 60" tub w/ shower hardware.
The other 5' side is double (small - 18") basins.
Between the two 5' sides is a standard toilet up aginst a 10' wide wall.
The door is opposite the toilet (you stare at the toilet when the door is open).
Standard in-wall medicine cabinet(s) on the ends of the double basin with full mirror.

With shower curtin closed, 2/3 people could use the room w/o embarrassing themselves. And if you can raise the ceiling, either soaring or cathedral, the space won't seem cramp.

If you want to see how many people can ride a VW Beetle, then try this :

Picture an airline lavatory.
Build it like a shower with a drain in the middle, and plumb it with necessary piping. After inspection, you can configure it as a Wet Room by adding overhead or wall shower hardware, good for occasional use by one person, and you can get to about 16-18 sqft footprint, but no tub.
I had a bigger version of this done. When the inspector asked why there was a drain in a 1/2 bath, we said "In case the toilet overflowed, much easier for clean-up." Afterwards, the contractor pull the glued on tiles and installed the shower hardware that was already plumbed -- it was California so heating wasn't a problem.

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