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Downstairs shower room & tiny utility room Vs Larger utility and just a downstairs toilet

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Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 18:48:36

We are converting our old kitchen into utility room and downstairs toilet.

We can arrange the space in two main ways one is to have a 1m x 1m downstairs toilet and then a 2.4m x 2.4m utility, the other is a 2.4m x 1m shower room with a 1.3m x 2.4m utility room

which would you go for?

We have a good sized family bathroom upstairs.

Used2bthin Wed 04-Jan-17 18:52:31

We've had similar ideas and will most probably do a toilet and bigger utility (eventually!). It was suggested to us by a builder though that perhaps we could do an bathroom with washing machine etc in . Not sure on this but I understand a lot of people do have the two combined .

Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 18:55:37

i've tried a combined room but i can't get it to work - not enough walls for cupboards and shower washing machine tumble drier etc. Need the wall which will divide the space.

I can see with a teen daughter and preteen that a second shower might be useful but our water pressure isn't great so might not cope with two running at once - not sure how you check this though!

yomellamoHelly Wed 04-Jan-17 18:58:03

Would have thought you could sort out the water pressure somehow. But would still go for the larger utility.

Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 19:16:19

why bigger utility? not had one before - currently just use the kitchen worktop to sort washing

ReggaeShark Wed 04-Jan-17 19:17:39

I yearn for a larger utility room.

YelloDraw Wed 04-Jan-17 19:18:20

I don't mind a downstairs shower room (as long as it isn't your only shower) and think that if you only have 1 bathroom for a 3+ bed house adding a second shower room is a good thing.

Why is your water pressure bad? Tank or mains fed?

TheTeaFairy Wed 04-Jan-17 19:20:06

Why not combine them in one room so you have a utility-shower room (with loo)? That's what we're planning to do. If you're clever with storage, you can fit a lot in to a small space although we haven't got room for a tumble dryer.

kittybiscuits Wed 04-Jan-17 19:21:27

If you have one bathroom, I would go for shower room and tiny utility.

Ferventfeminista Wed 04-Jan-17 19:23:07

Definitely go for another shower and loo, it'll change your lives in a way a utility room never will

Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 19:40:30

water pressure isn't great because we live at the top of a hill, so the mains flow is low.

Tea fairy - i'm struggling with layout if its one room

these are my two ideas

Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 19:41:15

with the shower version we'll also get a good sized cupboard too

SallyGinnamon Wed 04-Jan-17 19:45:06

I've got a small utility and separate shower room. If I had my time again I'd have gone for the bigger utility. I wish I had space to hang up 2 washer loads and leave the iron up. But there's no space so it ends up hanging round in the open plan kitchen/living/diner. Ugh.

museumum Wed 04-Jan-17 19:47:45

Surely it depends if you want another shower? And want it enough to traipse downstairs to have it? Honestly if my dh or ds were in the main shower I'd just wait till they get out (but none of us hog the bathroom for ages, we all get dressed in our rooms after showering).

Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 19:54:48

i'm like you museumum - i'd just wait for the shower

boarders that what worries me too - we current dry washing in the open plan space which i hate - i really don't want that to continue.

i'm shining towards bigger utility

Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 19:55:17

swinging not shining!

SwedishEdith Wed 04-Jan-17 19:57:00

What's teh square bit at bottom left hand side?

Girlwhowearsglasses Wed 04-Jan-17 19:57:40

Must be possible to have a proper wet room shower with a partial partition and a utility? That's what I dream of. The utility bit would be able to be closed behind cupboards. Pinterest has loads of ideas. I'd love a downstairs shower room- you could put your clothes straight in the wash

AndNowItsSeven Wed 04-Jan-17 19:59:12

A larger utility will change your life, fail to see why anyone would need a downstairs shower.

LittleBearPad Wed 04-Jan-17 19:59:14

Bigger utility. Definitely.

Would you actually use the additional shower - people can wait can't they.

Having looked round many houses last year when moving I never liked shower rooms that were downstairs.

SwedishEdith Wed 04-Jan-17 20:00:03

If you go for the narrower utility, stack the washing machine and dryer at one end (facing you). It's not so easy to open the doors in a room that narrow voice of experience

Sittingunderafrostysky Wed 04-Jan-17 20:01:01

I have a large utility room, and I love it. I can hang two loads of washing, and keep all the ironing there too. We have an extra fridge freezer, and loads of cupboard space. I'd choose it over an extra shower anytime

Newtssuitcase Wed 04-Jan-17 20:01:11

Ive had a downstairs shower room in two different houses.

We never use them. In this house that's partly because there are lots of other bathrooms but in my previous house we had only one other bathroom and we still never used it.

Newtssuitcase Wed 04-Jan-17 20:01:39

Lovely big utility room is however used all the time.

Katz Wed 04-Jan-17 20:03:11

swedish - thats the door from the hall and the door into the living room - can't avoid it unfortunately that small bit of hall.

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