How would you re-configure this bathroom?

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Floorplan on my photos - click my ID to see.

I would really appreciate some creative advice! We are moving to a house soon which has a separate bathroom and loo. We were thinking of knocking the two together... This leaves us with a fairly large but narrow room. The room is only 1.65m wide and so if the bath is kept in the current orientation it will have to be a short bath (1600mm) - I'd like a bigger one really! and also a decent sized separate shower. Obviously we could choose which door of the two stays and possibly brick up a window... We think the hot water tank in the bottom left corner is obsolete so that could come out.

Any ideas would be great including if anyone knows which pieces are easier (and cheaper) to move!

Beccadugs Sun 03-Nov-13 16:56:31

If I remember correctly, moving the loo is always the worst but because of the soil pipe.

Could you leave the loo where it is but a shower in the corner in front of the current loo door, bath along under the bigger window and sink where the hot water tank is now?

LadyKooKoo Sun 03-Nov-13 16:59:12

Keep the door to the toilet and the toilet where it is (so you don't have to move the soil pipe). Then the head of the bath where the tank currently is and the foot of the bath where the foot currently is (but it will be against wall which currently has the bathroom door). Sink where the head of bath currently is and shower where sink currently is. I would get rid of both windows and have a new window in the centre.

Liara Sun 03-Nov-13 17:01:26

Hmm if only 1.65 wide I don't think you can fit anything in front of the loo....how long is the whole area, including both rooms?

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:02:44

Hmmm where do you live <<wonders it that bath will fit in her 60's bath as they don't make the right size anymore>>

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:04:25

We had a similar situation and turned the loo sideways onto the short wall IYSWIM.

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:05:44

I am serious about stealing the bath if you can get it our whole, all the new shortie ones are too wide sad

RandomMess - Kent,

The room is about 3.2m long and I think Liara is right that anything bigger than perhaps a basin (maybe) won't work in front of the toilet but obviously the door could stay there...

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:15:42

<<could you measure the length and width of your bath...>>

Good to know I should try to keep the toilet where it is, that narrows the options a bit! Would look better with just one window but is that really expensive?

thanks for all replies so far!

not at the moment Random because it's not mine (hope to complete on the house in a month or two!) grin

oh, moving the toilet 90 degrees would solve that and let us put the shower on the wall where the door is <need to start sketching some possible floorplans>

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:22:16

Please do not forget me...

We haven't had a bath for 4 years!

So we have the toilet 90 degrees, large shower cubicle next to toilet where door is.

Door is where the bath is now (our bathroom was smaller) so we just have unit and handbasin on the other short wall.

Liara Sun 03-Nov-13 17:23:45

That means that if you have a 1.70 bath, you have 50cm left over. That's a tight fit for most things. You could leave the loo where it is, and have the bath along the long wall (just about).

But imo a shower and a sink in the leftover space will make it feel very cramped. Any chance of moving a wall slightly? If this is onto the hall, could you steal a bit of space to make the bath longer but still going across the room?

No worries, I'll measure up when I can - not sure what sort of condition the bath was in as we knew we would replace if we could, it does have some rather attractive gold taps though!

Liara Sun 03-Nov-13 17:24:42

Moving the toilet 90 degrees will make it impossible to put a bath along the far wall.

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:27:44

Can you steal some more room out of the bedroom next door?

I agree it could be very cramped.

I would get a swanky new shortie bath and put it where the sink is now tbh.

Liara - 3.2 metres - did you read it as 2.2m? smile

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:33:22

I reckon ours is about 2 metre wide sad 3.2 metres is massoouve in comparison!

Can you not replace the cupboard with a seperate shower cubicle and keep the loo in a differant room - much nicer IMHO!

My other dream I had was to give the bedroom next to the bathroom an en-suite...

So small family bathroom nick a bit of space and have a shower & hand basin & loo next to it as well...

The bedroom next door wouldn't be the master, it's the 3rd (of 4) biggest rooms so prob will be kid's room. Would love to squeeze an ensuite in somewhere but that's for the future smile.

Separate loo has it's advantages but there's no handbasin in there?!

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 17:54:22

Pop a mini handbasin in it?

that is an idea... will have to look at it when we view it again (if we do before completing that is) to see if a little basin would work...

RandomMess Sun 03-Nov-13 18:02:19

Should do in our downstairs loo we have a shallow rectangular one works fine.

No bad smells in the bathroom - heaven!!

I am gutted the people who own this house before us knocked it into one room and took out the original bath - could weep!

actually if we did do that we could have the shower where the water tank is next to the bath on the back wall like this or this miracle if those links work!

AllIWant85 Sun 03-Nov-13 18:43:15

We had a bathroom just like that. We left the toilet where it was, blocked up the toilet door and put the sink there. Put the bath along the wall under the window and then put a 900mm shower cubicle where the cupboard is (taking cupboard out). The door may need to move along a bit towards the new sink. We never got around to replacing the 2 windows with one.

thanks all I want glad to know it works at least - do you remember how much it cost <cheeky>

AllIWant85 Sun 03-Nov-13 20:38:25

About £2000 all in - bath, sink, toilet, shower, shower tray, shower enclosure, taps, tiles (floor to ceiling), plastering, spotlights, fittings, cabinet, towel radiator, flooring etc etc

Thanks - that doesn't sound to bad, drop in the ocean compared with the expense of moving house and renovating. Did you have a gap between the shower and bath or some kind of partition?

BillyBanter Sun 03-Nov-13 20:53:52

I haven't read any other posts but at first glance I'd say block up the door by the water tank and swing the bath round to go along that wall. Have a shower in the bath.

I suppose that is an option too billy, I did really want a separate shower but I suppose it might make the room look a bit more cramped...

Liara Mon 04-Nov-13 19:00:36

blush yes, I read it as 2.2.

Then I would turn the toilet 90 degrees, put the sink next to it and the shower where the water tank is.

Would be fine imo.

If you wanted to keep a separate toilet you could have a small partition between the bath area and the toilet area too, with the access through the bath area (effectively a screen wall between the toilet and the bath)

CMOTDibbler Mon 04-Nov-13 20:41:23

What made a huge difference to the feeling of room in our bathroom was an offset corner bath. This way we have a huge bath, but it fits in much better, and instead of the claustrophobic shower cubicle which was at the end of the bath before is now a corner one with curved doors. Strange, but when we did the bathroom we started with what felt tiny, and then put a bigger bath, bigger shower in and it feels more spacious!

Talkinpeace Mon 04-Nov-13 20:56:57

Another vote for a big corner bath - where the basin currently is by the window - as then a shower into the bath will feel huge
basin where the tank is
toilet where it is but wall mounted into a nice run of storage cabinets

en suites are a pita unless you have enough of them
we went for two family bathrooms rather than an en suite

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