to state bathrooms and kitchens look dead odd on the fromt of a house?

(57 Posts)

No one wants to see your nekkid silohuette or your turkey pan soaking.


And opaque glass (i know, I know) looks like a strangeness on the front.

Salmotrutta Mon 26-Aug-13 22:29:03

Yes, yes, yes.

I agree!

Lottiedoubtie Mon 26-Aug-13 22:29:50

Odd. So you should base the design of your house on what nosy strangers want to see?

gordyslovesheep Mon 26-Aug-13 22:30:16

My kitchen is front and back and my bathroom (main family one) over the front door - my neighbours shouldn't be looking grin

Sokmonsta Mon 26-Aug-13 22:31:00

Yabu. I used to think the same until I had one. Much better to have lounge at back to enjoy peace of the garden.

But nets are still good for resident privacy.


YOu should base the design of your house on what stangers don't want to see.


SarahAndFuck Mon 26-Aug-13 22:32:45

I was thinking the exact same thing earlier when we went to visit SIL.

Walked down her street, noticed a downstairs bathroom window with a mirror on the sill, then the pot of toothbrushes standing next to it, then the shape of a man very obviously standing at the toilet having a wee just behind them.

Was very blush because I'd been staring at the toothbrushes thinking "It must be weird to have a downstairs bathroom on the front" and then realised the man could probably see me peering in at him them.

NoComet Mon 26-Aug-13 22:41:44

Both my childhood home and my grandparents, where I stayed every holiday, were bungalows.

It's only after years of living in third floor flats and proper houses that it seems odd to have your bedroom at the front of the house at ground level.

MortifiedAdams Mon 26-Aug-13 22:44:23

Our bedroom is on the front (ground floor), whivh means our bathroom, kitchen and lounge are all on the back.

Id find a kitchen at the front odd too, though a friend has just bought a newbuild and hers is like that and its such a lovely house that I never even thought about it

My kitchen is on the front of the house-do I give a flying fuck? Hmmmm that would be a no hmm

NoComet Mon 26-Aug-13 22:44:47

Actually, my kitchen is the easiest room to see into from the road here, but my house is side on to the road, which isn't entirely helpful to Chaos question.

Nanny0gg Mon 26-Aug-13 22:44:53

It's lovely having your kitchen at the front. You can watch what's going on outside whilst you're washing up. Very handy when you have small children.
And then sit in your living room gazing at your garden.

Great grin

thebody Mon 26-Aug-13 23:06:40

my kitchen is at the front and agree NannyOgg its lovely having sitting room overlooking the back garden.

MultumInParvo Mon 26-Aug-13 23:12:34

My kitchen is at the front, I love having a nosey out the front whilst doing the dishes. Plus, my nekid silhouette is a joy to behold for the neighbours.

RustyBear Mon 26-Aug-13 23:25:09

Part of my kitchen is at the front, but it's only the utility bit, and the window is just a small high up one, so I doubt if anyone passing by could see into it at all especially with all the junk stored on the windowsill In fact the only windows in the front on the ground floor of our house are that small one, a frosted one in the cloakroom and a long narrow horizontal one running along by the stairs. Our sitting room is at the back and has massive windows looking over the garden - a much better view than the rather dull cul-de-sac street in front.

NynaevesSister Tue 27-Aug-13 05:21:24

Lots of 50s houses in our area have bathroom and kitchen at front. So it doesn't seem odd to me and I've never seen any outlines of naked people/weeing people either!

SilverApples Tue 27-Aug-13 05:36:25

Bathroom at the front means we have another bedroom at the back, much more peaceful. Both children have back bedrooms.

sashh Tue 27-Aug-13 05:50:15

another kitchen at the front here - much more sensible.

trinity0097 Tue 27-Aug-13 06:12:16

The last house we had had the kitchens and bathroom at the front. It was a 1980s ex council house. Cheaper to put them at the front as less pipe work needed as the utilities came to the front of the house. I prefer it, I feel quite overlooked where we are now, with the lounge at the front, e.g. I could have the blinds open now, but since I'm wearing cycling shorts and a vest top I wouldn't want all and sundry turning their car around at the end of the cul-de-sac seeing me slobbing on the sofa!

sparklingstars Tue 27-Aug-13 06:18:36

We have the bathroom at the front but that is about all - there is a downstairs toilet but the window is at the side. The dining room is also at the front but we are hardly ever in that room. I don't like the bathroom being at the front but the kitchen can be wherever it is; I'm not bothered.

LustyBusty Tue 27-Aug-13 06:57:22

We have the kitchen at the front and when I first moved in I thought it was really odd. But then, people watching whilst doing the dishes is soooooo much more fun than staring at the alleyway (which was the option in my previous house). I kinda see what you are saying about bathrooms and silhouettes though, but surely in most houses the back neighbours are close enough to see anyway? Just get a blind and leave it closed!!
So, yeah, YABU. Sorry.

mathanxiety Tue 27-Aug-13 07:04:43

You find this arrangement in American ranch style houses and some other styles too. I thought it odd when I first went to the US but when I thought about it, I now see the 'small kitchen tucked away in some out of the way spot' where nobody would be disturbed by the sounds or smells of work there to be odder and a sad comment on how women's work was seen.

Tee2072 Tue 27-Aug-13 07:28:21

Having grown up America where most of us had to use the kitchen door as children to avoid messing up the front hall, I can't be arsed to care where the kitchen or bathroom are.

I do agree about opaque glass in front door. I have opaque glass in my rented house and I hate it with a fiery passion.

Seaweedy Tue 27-Aug-13 08:00:46

We rent a 70s two-storey house that has the utility room and little study at the front (as well as the living room). I know my mother, who has this very strong sense that you put your best foot forward where the neighbours can see, finds it very strange that the more 'prestige rooms' are not where they can be seen from the road. She thinks I am missing the point when I say how lovely/ comfortable and private it is to have the kitchen and playroom leading onto the garden.

Kitchen and bathroom at front here too.

Good for being a nosy nelly in the kitchen, not so great when you're sat on the loo and the window cleaner starts his round at your house blush

cory Tue 27-Aug-13 08:21:37

In Sweden where I come from, kitchens are usually at the front. I always find it gives me a warm cosy feeling to be walking home in the dusk and seeing all the kitchen lamps glowing and catching a glimpse of families around the dinner table. But then kitchens are far more living spaces there.

diddl Tue 27-Aug-13 08:24:35

"or your turkey pan soaking." is that a euphemism?grin

Our kitchen is at the front, sitting room at the back leading onto the garden.

Pretty standard here.

unlucky83 Tue 27-Aug-13 08:49:14

Now I consider my new house to be a bad design because the bathroom is at the back.
But then you can't see the front of the house from the road -hidden behind another house - need to go down a short slightly overlooked at front from house further up hill
(just realised that sounds like a massive country house or something - it isn't - smallish 3 bed detached...)
There is a fantastic view to back of house -
Living/dinning room length of house - patio doors to view and back garden, kitchen at back too -nice view for washing up...all good
But the bathroom at the back too is just wrong -
Why have two beds at the front with no view... and one bedroom, the 'study' (box room) and bathroom with a great view...
I had clear glass put in the bathroom window - no danger of anyone seeing in because on a hill etc - so you can only admire the view when brushing teeth etc or for DP whilst weeing!

Kitchen and bathroom at the front here, I prefer it, Back garden is totally enclosed so don't even have to shut the curtains at night. Front of house is pedestrianised and high up (steps) so when we are at the table noone can see in but I have views over the moors (in the distance) from my kitchen window when washing up.

BalloonSlayer Tue 27-Aug-13 09:39:19

I'd LOVE a kitchen at the front.

< Imagines self washing up and spying on the neighbours at the same time >

carabos Tue 27-Aug-13 10:20:07

My DSis lives in a former corporation house which she has refurbed throughout - great house, nice size, three good bedrooms, big rooms downstairs, garden front and back.

She has turned the house round iyswim and made what used to be the front sitting room into a kitchen / diner (north facing). What used to be the kitchen is now the sitting room and she has added a conservatory to that, which in turn leads out onto a decked area and into the south facing back garden. So, now all the rooms that she wants to sit in are south facing and private, the front garden and drive are pretty open to the street, but her DS has an enclosed, fairly generous space to play at the back - he's 10.

I think this layout works really well for her and her family.

JessePinkmansBitch Tue 27-Aug-13 12:17:40

My kitchen and bathroom are at the front too. Blinds on the bathroom windows (why wouldn't you) so no problem of seeing me or anyone else nekkid. And yes I like washing the dishes and having a nose out the front.

echt Tue 27-Aug-13 12:23:48

My kitchen is at the front, with corner windows looking onto drive/street, and another set looking into the courtyard front garden.
We're raised above street level by about a metre and so look along neighbours' trees. The whole front garden is enclosed by trees so lots of privacy.


LookingThroughTheFog Tue 27-Aug-13 12:23:50

You've reminded me that I need to get some frosted window film for our bathroom window. It's clear glass at the moment, which was fine as long as we had no neighbours who could see in. Now we have new houses next door, and their back yards look directly into our bathroom.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 27-Aug-13 12:30:04

No, it's not strange. No one likes to see you watching your telly in your living room either.

I hate how houses in the UK have no proper front garden. No one is supposed to see your house from the street. That's just how it should be. I've lived in houses with the master bedroom at the front. All you see is your own hedge, and all people see from the street is also your hedge.

Problem solved.

PS. The houses are in NZ grin

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 27-Aug-13 12:32:02

I have two people at my work who are neighbours. Apparently one of them loves to watch his large telly in his pyjamas hmm

Definitely not better than the kitchen.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Tue 27-Aug-13 13:01:22

My kitchen is at the front. No-one can see into my living room, it's lovely. It opens out into the garden instead, much better.

What a weird thread. Why would I care?

DidoTheDodo Tue 27-Aug-13 13:05:06

it's a longer walk round the back to hang your washing out. Unless you hang that out at the front too?

CatAmongThePigeons Tue 27-Aug-13 13:07:34

My current main bathroom is at the front. We have a blind down when it is in use, the neighbours at the back have their bathroom at the back and do not use a blind. I can see all of the dad when hes jiggling and flexing.

Regardless of where the bathroom is, if you have neighbours at the back, please use a bloody blind.

Dancergirl Tue 27-Aug-13 13:19:26

I'm with nannynog - our kitchen is at the front too. We live in a cul-de-sac so don't get many people just walking past. I love it - both my sink and hob are under the front window so I can cook and look out the window and see what's going on.

Lovely to have a lounge at the back too overlooking the garden.

unlucky83 Tue 27-Aug-13 15:02:27

I have a friend with a nice biggish Victorian house -does have a smallish front garden but used for car parking so can't have a hedge etc...
She was thinking about a layout rejig and having kitchen at front -but her neighbour has a similar house and it just looks... wrong...I don't know... big bay window to a kitchen ....
Anyway after reading this thread I have been thinking about it - and guess it really depends on which is more important your comfort and outlook or outside appearance...
They have a great view (as do most houses here) but from the back - so from the kitchen, utility room, bathroom and one bedroom - and the basement but that doesn't have a window! ...a bit of a waste - living room, dining room, other 3 beds look out onto a boring maybe it would be worth a rejig...
Another house is upside down - living areas upstairs and bedrooms downstairs -because they only get the view from upstairs (in fact they have built an extension with big balcony attached to their kitchen -so outside space with a view) - I can see why - but think carrying shopping upstairs/rubbish/washing downstairs etc would be too much of a PIA for me...

mathanxiety Tue 27-Aug-13 15:32:39

Seaweedy, yes, prestige doesn't attach to the kitchen or the bathroom..

valiumredhead Tue 27-Aug-13 15:36:43

My kitchen is at the front a AND back of the housegrin

timidviper Tue 27-Aug-13 15:39:18

I remember hearing a programme on Woman's Hour years ago about female architects and how they saw homes differently to men. One of the comments about home design was that kitchens at the front of the house were popular with SAHMs as you could see the street, callers approaching, etc and they were not so isolating as when at the rear.

There are some houses on the street I grew up that have kitchen's at the front of the house. One lady who lived in one put nets at a halfway level in her window, so she could still see out but nobody could see in!

My parents house is what was intended to be two maisonettes, so the original downstairs kitchen is at the front but they turned that into a utility room and made a much larger kitchen at the back. I used to enjoy washing my paintbrushes in the window of the utility room and spotting all the old ladies at the bus stop outside trying to have a nosy inside!

VelvetSpoon Tue 27-Aug-13 15:51:50

The house I grew up in had the kitchen and bathroom facing the street - although our houses were weird and from the street you walked through our 'back' garden to get to the kitchen, we did have a proper front door on the other side of the house, but this was only accessible via a walkway and no-one ever used theirs!

In the house I live in now, both kitchen and lounge are at the back of the house (which I like), and bathrooms at the side and the back.

I don't mind either room being at the front, although there is something uncomfortable about a groundfloor bathroom at the front of a house!

SarahAndFuck Tue 27-Aug-13 16:05:19

Big bay window in the kitchen would be nice for a big table unlucky.

We used to live above the pub my parents ran. It had been converted and extended from a big Victorian house, so we had bay windows all over the place, including the kitchen. Was lovely to sit in the window around the table, watching the dog stroll along the windowsill outside because our garden was on the roof.

Our old house was a kitchen and (upstairs) bathroom to the front house, new house is kitchen and bathroom to the back. I've liked them both really.

Dancergirl Tue 27-Aug-13 16:09:57

it's a longer walk round the back to hang your washing out. Unless you hang that out at the front too?

Luckily we've got a utility room (converted from garage) that's got a back/side door for hanging out washing.

See, I would hate to lug rubbish through the house to the bins at the front with a back kitchen!

nickelbabe Tue 27-Aug-13 16:15:53

our kitchen is on the front of the house.
it looks okay.
but it is the only room on the front

nickelbabe Tue 27-Aug-13 16:17:23

besides which, you can have a nosy at people in the street while you're washing up.

agree with bathrooms though.

MrsOakenshield Tue 27-Aug-13 16:20:18

back bedrooms and living rooms, overlooking the garden, are far more sensible than front ones overlooking the street.

Solo Tue 27-Aug-13 16:30:07

The house I lived in from 11 to 19 had a front facing downstairs bathroom/toilet! yuk!!! hated it.

cantspel Tue 27-Aug-13 16:34:47

I have always lived in houses with the kitchen at the back so it is what i am used to and prefer.
Kitchen at the back is better for bbq's and kids coming in from the garden muddy. My bathroom runs along the side of the house which is fine but i am not dure i would like to have it at the front as everyone would be able to see at least your outline when showering or sitting on the loo.

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Tue 27-Aug-13 16:36:18

YABU, exclusively because I just spent a good two minutes trying to work out what bathroom activity "turkey pan soaking" could be a euphemism for. blush

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 27-Aug-13 16:37:56

cantspel as I have said before, it depends on the size of the house, and the size of the front garden. The house I grew up in have the playroom back onto the garden, and the laundry runs off the playroom. There is also a shower room next to the laundry. No problem with muddy shoes just because the kitchen doesn't open up to the garden. Use your imagination beyond your own houses!

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 27-Aug-13 16:42:25

We didn't have the bathroom towards the front, but it's upstairs. We had blinds in the bathrooms. You just close them before you shower. cantspel are your bathrooms all downstairs facing the fence on the side of the house? Do you know your neighbours can see the back of the house both upstairs and downstairs? And if it's upstairs on the side, is it facing a blank wall? So then people can still see your silouhette in the bathroom at night if you don't use blinds! Or you aren't worried about neighbours seeing your outline?

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 27-Aug-13 16:43:01

I mean most neighbours. But maybe you don't have overlooking neighbours behind your house grin. We do though here!

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