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Todd82TA
Should the vanity area be "doored-off" from the master bedroom?
Todd82TA

Hi everyone, I'm looking for things to do in my house that will improve value, make the home more comfortable, and give it more "appeal." I'm trying to do all the work myself, and this is something I think I can easily handle.

So the question I have is... is it normal to have a bathroom vanity area, sectioned off from the rest of the master bedroom? Our master bedroom is a decent size (just shy of 400 square feet). Right off the bedroom is what I hear in all the Canadian renovation shows (DIY and HGTV) an "on-suite," haha. Basically, you've got the vanity area, a closet to the right, and a bathroom / shower to the left.

When I get up in the morning, the lights in there are kind of bright, and it's hard not to make a lot of noise. I wanted to ask people's opinions if it seemed "normal" to install a set of French doors in this opening.

If the answer is yes, then which way would you have the doors open, IN towards the vanity, or OUT towards the bedroom. Note, the wall switches are on the inside left... but I could easily reverse them and put them on the other side.

Thanks!!!

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

It is your house, you can do with it as you please. This "open" floor plan is actually quite common, where the vanity is open to the room and the toilet/shower are behind a door for privacy. There are pros and cons to this arrangement, most significant con is the fact that you have light and noise into the bedroom that can bother those who do not have to be up at the same hour as the user.

Installing a French door here would not be a bad idea, especially if you do not disturb the drywall around the opening, making it easily reversible should you ever want to. Doors normally swing into the room they close off, in this case, towards the vanity. You've got plenty of space inside the vanity area for this, so that is the direction I'd recommend. Additionally, you'll want to relocate the switches to the bedroom side of the wall, easily done, and simply put a blank cover over the existing location.

Lastly, I'd leave the door into the toilet/shower area, both for privacy and odor/steam control as needed.

ed21
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ed21

Think about how doors would swing. It's possible they would tend to get on the way. Of course most of the time only one door will be used. It's your house, but I see how noise and light in the morning could be a problem for the sleeping person. As long as the toilet and shower have a door I'd be okay with it probably.

Re: Should the vanity area be "doored-off" from the master bedroom?

Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I guess what I want to emphasize is... even though I love this house, I unfortunately have to move in 2 years for work. I probably won't come back for at least a decade, but I plan to rent it out (God help me...). So for that reason, I would want to make it as appealing as possible, so that I can get the maximum amount of rent necessary, and... if I need to, I can sell it with the greatest return. I doubt this will add that much value of course, but I guess what I'm looking for is... do most people prefer to have a door or set of doors here?

Thanks guys!

ed21
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ed21

From the photo, it's a lot bigger than my master bath, so I wish mine was more like yours. I'd be happy the way it is. :)

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

There really is no cookie cutter for what people like or dislike. New tract homes have the bathroom open, like yours, and completely closed off, doesn't matter which, people are still buying them. What it boils down to, ultimately, is what you want and need. Sure, some things may not give you a return on your dollar, some may be a detriment to resale, I can assure you, installing doors on your bathroom isn't going to change the value or appeal of your home. Go for it.

dj1
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dj1

You are going to rent this house?

Don't invest a penny on a door.

dj1
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dj1

I forgot to say "why" cause the phone rang...

99 of 100 prospective tenants will have different "likes" and "dislikes" than you, Mr. Landlord. Most tenants won't even respect your hard work.

That's why I said what I said. I've been renting homes since 1976 (Carter was the president, WHAT A MISTAKE).

Fencepost
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Fencepost

I would use a pocket door, either single (sliding one way) or double (sliding both ways).

A few benefits:

  • Doesn't take up extra floor space
  • When open, preserves the open feeling of the room
  • Easily closed for privacy or room darkening

A few pitfalls:

  • If you want a privacy lock, the privacy locks for pocket doors are chintzy
  • The wall structure where the door slides into the wall pocket is flimsy, unless you build it up
  • More difficult and expensive to install than a swinging door
  • May not be usable with some wall layouts

As an alternative to a pocket door, you could install a sliding "barn door". Those seem to be all the rage now, anyway. The downside of a barn door is that it requires wall space to one or both sides of the opening equal to the width of the opening for the door(s) to slide into.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

I'd avoid a pocket door for one reason: this is going to be a rental. One always hopes for tenants that are gentle and caring with your house, and one gets disappointed (or worse) 90% of the time. Doors will get yanked open, slammed shut, kids will 'ride' on then. feet will kick against them if they get sticky, in short they will get heavily abused. So no bifolds, sliding, or pocket doors in a rental as these are nowhere as heavy-duty as a standard swinging door.

Similar for plumbing faucets, cabinets, and anything movable. You're not building a jail but it needs to be that sturdy and that foolproof. And good luck with the tenants. If you happen to get good ones, then do whatever you can to keep them. Regardless get a lawyer to draw up your rental contract and to be sure your insurance coverage is adequate to cover whatever could possibly happen. You should also have trusted maintenance and repair people lined up and ready to go on your phone call. The rental business can be harrowing but with luck and planning your experience should be a good one.

I've worked on rentals for quite some years and I have seen it all. Nicer houses draw in nicer people but you still want as trouble-free a design as you can make because you're not going to be there to oversee it.

Phil

ed21
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ed21

I used to do a lot of fire station work and in every one we were always told for equipment, furnishings, etc. to be sure it was fireman proof. Not sure the average landlord could afford that, but not expecting renters to treat your property like their own is a good idea.

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