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Top 6 Small Bathroom Layouts [For the Master Suite]

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 19:05 PM

 

Bathroom Layouts for Small Spaces:

While en suite baths have grown in square footage over the years, many home buyers are still asking for floor plans with more compact, well-planned bathroom layouts.

Below are our top 6 small master bathroom layout ideas with photos from Stanton Homes in the Raleigh, NC area.

Here are some most popular custom homes with a small master bathroom (with photos below):



How to Design a Small Bathroom:

The best small bathroom designs center on using space efficiently. 

Some common bathroom design techniques include:

How to Design a Small Bathroom Idea #1: Eliminate the Tub

A long-standing debate over the master bathroom is whether to include a tub (especially for those who rarely use their current tub).

On one hand, buyers argue that a master bathroom tub is a must-have item. Therefore, if you plan to re-sell your home in the future, you may not want to choose this space-saving layout idea.

On the other hand, bathroom tubs are huge space-users. Eliminating the tub can reduce your bathroom size by a minimum of 24 sq ft (a standard tub deck is usually about 6x4 feet).

Eliminating the tub will also offer more flexibility in how you arrange your bathroom floor plan. Here is an example of a small master bathroom with no tub:

Small Bathroom Layouts | Small Bathroom Photos

See more examples of homes without a tub in the master bathroom, here.

Small Bathroom Idea #2: Single Vanity Location

"His and hers vanities" are a popular bathroom design request (home buyers often agree that two sinks in the master bathroom are essential).

A single, long vanity with two sinks -- rather than separated vanities -- can save you space, depending on the overall layout of your bath.

Here is an example:

Small Bathroom Layouts | Small Bathroom Photos

While the center vanity drawers are shared, each sink has lower cabinets that offer plenty of personal storage space. The single wall layout makes this master bathroom more efficient. See a floor plan for this home - a version of The Sutherland - here.

View photos of 12 more his and hers vanity layouts in Raleigh custom homes, here.

Small Bathroom Idea #3: Vaulted Ceilings

A ceiling vault can open up a small room, making it feel larger and more open. Here is an example of a small master bathroom with vaulted ceiling.

Overall, this master bathroom has just enough space to tuck in a his and hers vanity along one wall, with a tub and corner shower on the opposite side.

Small Bathroom Layouts | Small Bathroom Photos

Small Bathroom Idea #4: Bath Windows

Natural light can make a big difference in a small bathroom.

If your bathroom is too small to incorporate large picture windows, consider adding a row of smaller windows. 

Here is an example where windows located higher up -- designed to maintain privacy and eliminate the need for obscuring curtains.

Small Bathroom Layouts | Small Bathroom Photos

Another technique to add natural light -- and obscure outside visibility -- is the use of glass block windows with textured glass. Here is an example:

Small Bathroom Layouts | Small Bathroom Photos

Small Bathroom Idea #5: Built-In Storage

Built-in shelving will add storage space to a smaller bathroom, without taking up floor space. Here is an example of open concept shelving. Doorless storage makes the room feel larger, and avoids the need for door swing space.

Small Bathroom Layouts | Small Bathroom Photos

 

Small Bathroom Idea #6: Compact Hallways

There is no tub -- or open space -- in this compact master bathroom. The shower is tucked beside one of the vanities, with a short hallway leading to the closet.

Small Bathroom Layouts | Small Bathroom Photos

 


How to Design a Small Bathroom:

What master bath features matter most to you and your family? Tell us what you're looking for, and we'll show you how to built it - with recommendations for floor plan features and selections that fit your budget.


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Bathroom Tile Trends - Custom Mosaic Tile Designs

Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photos and Tips

Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas

Master bath designs without a tub

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12 Best Master Bath Layouts | His and Hers Vanity Designs

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Best Designs for the Master Bath

Fabulous "His and Hers" Vanity Layouts

If you're like many NC new home owners, you crave a little separation and personal space for your morning and evening rituals.

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity

A master bath with his-and-hers style dual vanities provides invaluable convenience in shared bathrooms.

Read on to learn the most difficult challenges - and solutions - to creating the perfect master bath layout.

 

Dual Vanity Design Idea #1: Appealing Contrast

Create complete separation, with dual vanities on opposite walls.

Rich, dark wood cabinets (Maple Espresso) ground these dual vanities in their crisp white and natural green (Sherwin Williams Herbal Wash) surroundings.

Tile and counter tops in this master bath are in Carolina Cream, Snow White, and Pearl.

 

Design tip: If you love completely separate vanity designs, use the vanities to frame and emphasize a custom bathtub or shower.

 

Dual Vanity Design Idea #2: Sophisticated Style for Two

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

In this version of the Summerlyn, a glass French Door separates this his-and-hers bath from the luxury master suite (click here to see photos of the master suite fireplace and sitting room).

The Andover Oak Espresso cabinets make a bold statement against the Key Red tiles, Clay grout, and Cream walls.

Elements of traditional design, such as the arched entry above the tub and the 12x12 tile pattern, blend seamlessly with contemporary accents, including the sleek, squared vanity lights.

Dual Vanity Design Idea #3: Upscale Urban Craftsman

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designContemporary grey, white, and black tones - combined with soft crystal and pensive stainless steel features - create a completely unique master bath design.

In this custom bath, sidelights leave room for a pair of generous full-height mirrors.

Hide your toiletries in ample vanity storage, and show off your favorite items in open, built-in storage.

Design tip: white towels always make a great accent piece in open shelving.

 

Dual Vanity Design Idea #4: Dual vanities for dual heights

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

Generally, a 33 inch tall vanity is ideal for women, while a 36 inch tall vanity suits most men.

Adding a dressing table between the his-and-hers vanities may be the mis-matched height solution you're looking for.

A short vanity drawer is perfect for storing smaller, daily use facial and hair products that tend to get lost in deeper drawers. 

Design Tip: In this master bath, a luxury shower with separate showerheads replaces the tub - perfect for those who want to wake up and get ready for the day at the same time.  

Dual Vanity Design Idea #5: Room for two

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designThis dual vanity area helps the linear space keep a calm, elegant look.

The vanity cabinets are a Maple wood, painted in Antique White.

In this custom master bath, recessed medicine cabinets, with a mirror front, were added to each vanity wall.

This master bath also has an integrated dressing table.

While dressing tables are designed as a seating station, you can convert the under-counter space into a storage aread. Just add a basket of towels, and it becomes space well used.  

Dual Vanity Design Idea #6: Single counter; dual sink

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designHere is another way to integrate a dressing table, with symmetrical dual sinks.

This master bath layout is perfect for plans that allow a  long wall on one side.

A soaking tub and alcove tile shower sit opposite the dual vanity design, which is perfect for homeowners who want to get ready side-by-side.

 

 

Dual Vanity Design Idea #7: Shared space

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designThis double vanity enjoys separate grooming spaces, while sharing central storage.

A bank of drawers and an open shelving unit placed in the middle of the vanity helps distinguish space, while placing shared storage within easy reach.

Design Tip: Open storage will make your master bath feel more spacious. Open shelves like these are a great place to integrate glass apothecary jars, filled with anything from soaps to seashells.

 

Dual Vanity Design Idea #8: Spa treatment

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

Each time you enter this bathroom, it will feel like you've stepped into a spa retreat where calming whites and cool grays envelope your mornings and nights.

Furniture-inspired master bath vanities are tucked under barrel vaulted ceiling alcoves. 

Floor-to-ceiling central storage ensures plenty of room for everyone.

 

Dual Vanity Design Idea #9: Classy and classic

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

This master bath sparkles  - with metalic tiles, bronze light fixtures, Smokey Topaz wall paint, and Golden granite counter tops with a 1/4 inch bevel edge.

In this custom home design, each vanity has a clear view into the master bedroom - which features a three-way see-through fireplace.

As you enjoy a long bath in this soaking tub, you can enjoy the warmth and flames of the glass fireplace - another way this room sparkles.

Dual Vanity Design Idea #10: Black and brown details

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

Master baths that make an efficient use of space - like this angled vanity design - give you more square footage to work with in other rooms.

In this version of the Bostwick, a dual vanity, enlarged shower, and custom soaking tub all fit in an efficient space - leaving space for a sitting room in the master suite. 

The black shower frame contrasts nicely against the medium brown cabinets.

Dual Vanity Design Idea #11: Soothing atmosphere

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity design

Cool greens are a popular choice for homeowners who want to create a serene backdrop to this master living quarters.

When you enter this master bath through the arched opening, a vanity sits to each side.

A hallway with his-and-hers closets leads to the master suite. This design is perfect for you, if you do not want to pass through the bathroom each time you need to use the closet.

 

Dual Vanity Design Idea #12:

Best master bath layouts | Dual vanity designOpposite from the floor plan above, this master bath separates the master suite from the walk-in closets - once you pass through the private exercise room.

One vanity sits adjacent to the oversized shower; the other sits by the soaking tub.

While each vanity only has one side of drawers, a island cabinet in the master closet provides more than enough extra storage space.

 

More master bathroom designs and trends for Raleigh new homes:

17 Favorite Master Bath Tub Surrounds

Master shower tile designs - with floor plan images

Bathroom Tile Trends - Custom Mosaic Tile Designs

Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photos and Tips

Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas

Master bath designs without a tub

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