Planning Your Bathroom Layout
If you are remodeling a bathroom, carefully plan the size and placement of all the elements—bathtub, toilet, vanity with sink, and any other storage or plumbing features. Consult a contractor or a build- ing inspector to be sure you follow local building codes. Common codes, as well as lessons learned by designers over the years, have led to guidelines (which may also be laws) illustrated in “Sink and Vanity Dimensions” on p. 186.
A GFCI receptacle should be within 3 ft. of the sink. There are no clear guidelines on how close it can be, but it should be located where it can- not get splashed with water.
There should be at least 8 in. between the vanity cabinet and a tub, to allow for the shower curtain to be easily drawn and to keep the vanity from getting too wet.
The distance from the vanity cabinet to the center of the toilet should be at least 15 in.; any closer will feel overly cozy.
On each side of the sink’s bowl there should be at least 6 in. of counter (or deck) space, to keep water from splashing on the oor and to leave room for toothbrush and soap holders or dispensers and other toiletry objects. If you use an integral sink, this will be built in.
Vanity with Drawers
For storing cosmetics, soaps, toothpaste, and other bathroom items, nothing beats drawers. This unit squeezes in as much drawer space as possible.
The design is easily modified to your bath- room. This example uses a 31-in.-wide vanity sink top, but you could include a wider or narrower top as suits. The drawers are shown on the right here, but they could go on the left if the location of your plumbing so dictates. And if you enlarge the vanity, the drawers could be wider or you could go with a set of drawers on each side.
If the plumbing is smack dab in the middle of the vanity location, you may be able to move some or all of the plumbing over a bit, to allow you to enlarge the drawers. Cut out a section of drywall, shut o the water supply, and consult Plumbing Complete (Taunton Press, 2009) for instructions on cutting and attaching supply and drain lines.