I had a similar idea (spawned from an idea to clean it with a presurized
hose from a wall outlet, so that there would be no, or limited,
hand-scrubbing, rinsing and soaping required-- sort of like an easy-clean
bathroom-- and everything would just go down a drain or two in the floor)
and found out that similar bathrooms exist-- presumably, a wet bathroom--
one that is tiled and waterproofed in a way that it can handle water
I think I'd like to ultimately have one of my own and was wondering what any
of you think, if they are good, and if you have any experience with using
and/or designing one.
It's not so much what I'm doing per se, but what others are doing, too-- you
know-- family, friends, guests, colleagues, acquaintances, strange
party-crashers, etc.. It's also about what accumulates over time, too, as
well as my aversion to cleaning bathrooms in general.
I just have this fantasy of sealing myself in the nude in a dirty wet
bathroom (with swimming goggles on to protect my eyes) and
power-wash-blasting the whole thing (with an initial soap-injection mix,
then clear rinse)-- the toilet, sink, bath, floor-- and then just letting
everything run down the drain, and then taking a shower afterward for
After the kitchen, no doubt.
You know, to save space and reduce costs, I've often thought that the
kitchen and bathroom could be the same room.
The toilet, for example could be beside the food-prep-counter, so that you
could simply slide any flushable scraps off the edge. What a time-saver.
In Canada? In the middle of winter? Quel fun!
...Otherwise, I lock me 'and them' in the wet bathroom and treat them to my
I should google pool bath and see what they're like.
I plan to have a wet bathroom in my country house mostly to save on space
but also because of all you mentioned. I just haven't decided (for myself)
to call it a crapper with a shower or a shower with a crapper in it... but
the benefits are great.
The one I'm designing is for the guest/lower level area of the house.
Because the space would otherwise be about the size of a powder room (WC,
sink and small prefab shower stall), why not just tile the whole room and
install a shower head above the space between the WC and sink. place a
drain in the center and there you have it. If you really want to get fancy,
you can turn the whole room into a dishwasher/car wash like room... leave
the room and push the button... instant clean!
Many cities have automatic self-cleaning public toilets. Check out this
article on APT's in google answers:
"Pierre Levesque, AIA"
Hey, Pierre, that reminds me... I was perusing an arch mag yesterday and
came across your house (Catskills?) as one of the apparent award recipients!
The mag may be Architectural Review.
Had you mentioned that already on here? Anyway, congrats!
It really looks that way... I'd suggest a 'shower with whatever in it'.
Reminds me to get a pdf reader re-installed... :/
Yes it's the post-modern twisting house where the floors become the walls.
I'm heading out to that bookstore later today, where I might try to confirm
where I saw it to see if it's in the same magazine...
Might crack open my laptop and have a "raspberry drizzle scone" and chai tea
latte while I'm there at their connected cafe.
I've noticed that they're doing all kinds of magazine-cover/surface/paper
treatments: Matte, half-matte/half/glossy, punch-outs/funky-crops,
rubberized, textured, etc..
I might get it printed on some kind of high-quality watercolour paper, maybe
blow it up in scale a bit, shift its angle something like 23.66 degrees and
slightly over-crop it, and have it framed or mounted in some catchy, odd,
artistic manner... Or rip out the page and seal it, as-is, in acrylic resin
to mount it in the wet bathroom. :)
Around here, brick and mortar is the convension. Drywalls might be used
internally for partions.
It's generally 12.7mm gypsum[plaster] board [single or double layer] fixed
to the studs.
No way one should use that stuff in any wet area. Perhaps suitable grade ply
direct to studs, and tanked, would do!
What is the material of your >>1/2" drywall surface.<< ?
I may have mentioned this on this NG before, but I have been impressed at
how handicap (HC) adjustments and modifications in general seem to
help/please everyone else in the process.
Ramps, for example, are good for anything on wheels-- strollers, bikes,
rollerblades-- and seem easier on the knees than stairs; larger doors and
hallways are better for moving large items, and ostensible spaces under
countertops (so a person in a wheelchair [WC] can get right up to them[?])
may be good for easier cleaning/organization/access, for more leg/foot-room,
for shorter people and for those who simply want access sitting down. Who
says you have to prepare meals standing up and hunching over a tall
Even wet bathrooms (WB's) seem more HC-friendly, in that things such as
WC's, crutches and special seating can be placed more easily and securely
within, given that, to my understanding at least, WB's seem more
"open-concept" in some ways.
I saw your other article on that a few minutes ago and that is also an
excellent idea, esp. as I'll be 50 next yr and might want to start thinking
of such things - I'm already sick of having to climb in and out of the dang
tub to take a shower.
Oh, you mean ultra-bright, what I call "airport lighting"...? Bathroom
lighting typically is awful.
Multiple lighting with multiple controls. I don't need to have a permanent
10,000 watt arc lamp right over the sink/mirror...
Actually, just thought of an idea this moment - why not have dual lighting
by the sink(s), one normal, and a high-intensity one (for those who
need/want it) that is recessed until needed in a small case in the wall,
extends via a small motor, or just make it like a drawer that can be pulled
Also, what I owuld like, would be some sort of low-voltage and low wattage
"night light" under the counter overhangs, so that I wouldn't continually
bash into the corners at night. In the past, I've gotten glow-in-the-dark
plastic thingies and stuck them on, but they go dim after a few hours.
Oh yeah, and some built in shelves as well.
And TOWEL RACKS. New homes don't seem to have towel racks any more =>:-p .
I want to hang my super-sized bath sheets in a place where I don't have to
climb out of the warm shower and traipse across the whole room to get a
towel from the closet, dripping water all over (slippage hazard) and
getting a chill, just because there is no dang towel rack (and, due to poor
design, no place to even put one). For now, I got some metal things that
stand on the floor, but they're always in the way and have ot be moved
depending upon what one wants to do (i.e. use the toilet or take a shower
I like those, but I'm thinking of something even lower-wattage plus low
voltage (I heard low-V is supposed to save even more energy). Unless
Lowe's has LED versions...(the local Home Depot here doesn't)
I wouldn't have thought of COrian. But that sounds nice - as smooth as it
is, it'd certainly be easy to wipe. Smooth is also nice for the seat (no
"tile dimples" <g>!)
I have this idea that a round shower would be interesting, use a door that
slides like into a niche, like a pocket door, but round.
Here's another idea, that I have no idea whether it'd work -an additional
set of water controls *outside* the shower. So you could turn the thing on
to the desired temperature (actual thermostat control would also be nice),
so that the whole thing is warmed up before you get in.
Oh yeah, and heated floors in the bathroom, under the tile.
That's the problem with getting something pre-built. You're stuck.
OTOH, I've been iterating (on th domestic front) the idea that, rather than
buy something that's a comprimise to begin with and then spending big bucks
to make it a little better, why not just rent, find some land, and have it
done correctly right from the start - the idea seems to be taking
There are, amazingly enough, some lots open right in Houston. Most are only
about 7000-7400 sq ft tho'. OTOH, that's also true of many of the existing
houses anyway. The tricky part would be minimizing the house footprint to
allow for both pool and some garden...no basements there, either.
There is land outside of Houston proper, but huge chuncks have been bought
up for developments. Looked at some of those but didn't like 'em, I'm not
big on the new traditional. I like cleaner lines, more trees, and larger
Ya see, you're perfectly illustrating reason #1 to have a place "out" in the
country/shore... Books don't belong on a bookshelf in the corner, they
belong on a blanket on the grass at your piece of peace. That's WHY one
gets a piece of peace!
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