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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.


More About Master Bathroom Design:

17 Favorite Master Bath Tub Surrounds | 2014 Bath Design Ideas

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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Master Bath Storage Cabinet Ideas | Design Build Homes in NC

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 06:10 AM

Master Bath Storage Cabinets

Storage Ideas for New Home Master Bathrooms

Master Bathrooms with Cabinet Storage | Storage Ideas for the Master Bath

When building a new home, North Carolina home buyers rank plenty of storage space throughout at the top of their wish lists - including in the master bathroom.

What master bath features are most important to you?

Your master bathroom should be designed with all the features you love - with luxury, comfort, and convenience in mind.

Get ideas for how you can de-clutter your space in these favorite master bathrooms. Our top 6 designs, each with one-of-a-kind cabinet storage designs, are pictured below.  

Master Bath Storage Idea #1: Open Shelving

Want to display towels, toiletries, or knick-knacks in your master bath, without giving up valuable storage space?

Master Bathrooms with Cabinet Storage | Storage Ideas for the Master BathThe custom built vanity in this version of the Carwile maximizes the storage space in this "his and her" style bathroom by adding an open shelving unit above the counter.

The open shelves are designed to display hand towels and toiletries.

Larger bath towels fit into the 24" wide stack of drawers located below the open shelves.

Tip: White or pale blue towels will really pop against the espresso shelves.

Master Bath Storage Idea #2: Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinets

Master Bath Storage Cabinets | Storage Ideas for the Master Bathroom

A larger master bath floor plan can allow more creativity when designing your storage cabinets.

Consider including a full-height storage/line cabinet between the his-and-hers vanities.

Another option would be to include an open knee space with a third mirror where the full cabinet is located.

Tip: Store light-weight and less frequently used items in the upper cabinets, such as linens and spare towels. Store heavy and tall items in the vanity cabinets and drawers, such as Costco-size shampoo and toiletries.

Master Bath Storage Idea #3: Tucked-in Full-Height Cabinets

Master Bathrooms with Cabinet Storage | Storage Ideas for the Master Bath

 

Make use of a wall and add tons of storage by tucking a full-height linen cabinet into a wall.

This efficient storage idea can work in small or large master bathrooms, saving a ton of space and opening up the floor plan.

Store your daily toiletries in the vanity cabinets. Use the tall cabinets to store larger items.

The top of the cabinets also serve as a plant shelf and display area.

Tip: If you're short like me, keep a stool tucked nearby to be able to reach the upper cabinet!

Master Bath Storage Idea #4: Knee Hole Cabinets

Master Bathrooms with Cabinet Storage | Storage Ideas for the Master Bath

Another master bath storage idea is to include an open knee space below the his-and-hers vanities, with a full-height cabinet tucked to one end.

Under-counter knee space is perfect for a make-up or prep area. Just tuck in a chair.

Tip: Knee space can also be converted into a storage area. Measure the width and height of the open space, pick up a good size wicker basket, fill it with towels, and store it underneath.

 

Master Bath Storage Idea #5: Angled Upper Cabinets

 

Master Bathrooms with Cabinet Storage | Storage Ideas for the Master Bath

An angled upper cabinet is the ultimate space-saver accent, especially in a master bath with a vaulted ceiling and multiple walls coming together.  

The top of the cabinet doubles as a decorative plant shelf. 

Tip: If you need daily access to a small toiletries, this high-end storage unit can serve as your medicine cabinet.

 

 

Master Bath Storage Idea #6: Wrap-Around Cabinets

 Master Bathrooms with Cabinet Storage | Storage Ideas for the Master Bath

A master bathroom with only one vanity can still be designed with tons of storage space.

This master bath features wrap-around cabinets with an upper plant shelf.

 

Tip: Wrap-around cabinets can give your master bathroom personality without losing efficiency - no matter what the floor plan looks like.

 

 

 

 

 

When you build a custom home with Stanton Homes, you get to decide exactly how much storage space is right for your lifestyle.

See one example of how the master bathroom design process works when you build a Stanton Home - from hand drawn layouts to finished custom homes.

Master Bath Photos | Pinterest

 

Get even more master bath storage and design ideas, in these Pinterest photos

 

 

More Master Bath Design Trends and Ideas

These articles feature tile surround ideas, master bathroom trends, and other new home design possibilities:

Master Bath Storage Cabinets | Storage Ideas for the Master Bathroom

Top 10 Master Bath Trends of 2012

Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photo and Tips

Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas

Custom Home Design Build Ideas - How to Design Build your New Home

Types of Tile - Which Types of Tile Are Used Most Often in Master Baths and Kitchens?

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