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7 Deadly Bathroom Sins

Seven Deadly Bathroom Sins

Have you committed a sin in your bathroom? A design sin, that is . . .

Bathrooms are botched more than any other room in the house. Whether it is from an unwillingness to spend the time and money to do it right, or having inept or inexperienced people doing the work, many folks unknowingly commit deadly bathroom design sins.

Follow the tips of Fine Homebuilding’s annual Kitchens & Baths issue and avoid the following seven bathroom design sins:

1. Inadequate waterproofing. Bathrooms are wet rooms first, design showcases second. Every aspect of the planning and construction of bathrooms should take water exposure into account. If the waterproofing bill isn’t at least 5-10 percent of the job cost, someone is cutting corners or doesn’t know what they’re doing.

2. Slippery floors. Shine is fine for faucets, but it’s bad for bathroom floors. Glossy tile and polished stone make for slippery, unsafe floors. These materials cause lots of falls, and they’re maintenance headaches, too, revealing every scratch and wearing unevenly.

3. No natural light. Our ancestors were so grateful to have indoor plumbing, they didn’t need ambience. But nowadays, people expect a lot more from a bathroom. The tiny, damp, and dingy interior bathroom with a little round light fixture in the ceiling is old-school. Admittedly, lack of natural light is a sin in any room, but bathrooms feel particularly creepy without natural light.

4. Boring tile. Plain-Jane tile represents a lost opportunity for personal expression, or simply for visual interest. Taking the trouble to design with various colors or sizes costs almost nothing extra. Anything is better than a blanket of 4×4 white tile.

5. Bad math. Math is important in bathrooms because space is usually at a premium; every inch matters. Errors in math lead to glaring tile-layout problems, shower stalls and toilet alcoves that don’t meet code minimums, faucet handles banging into backsplashes, oversize pedestal sinks that interfere with door clearance and gaps between toilet tank and wall.

6. Bathrooms in the kitchen. People will stick powder rooms anywhere. One place is particularly egregious, though: A bathroom should not open directly into a kitchen. Try to prevent a bathroom door from opening into a kitchen, or to avoid placing a toilet so that it’s visible from the kitchen.

7. Toilets facing the door. You know how those little push-button door locks sometimes don’t catch? For that reason alone, don’t place a toilet facing the bathroom door. In a small bathroom, the toilet should be perpendicular to the doorway and visually screened.

Where To From Here?
Hopefully, this report has given you some insight into a small part of decorating your home. It may also have prompted a whole new set of questions.

To get all of the answers you need, simply give me, Kristina Cope, a call on (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530 to schedule your free, no-hassle, straight talk consultation. I will arrange a time convenient for you, and it shouldn’t take long at all.

In about 30 minutes, you’ll receive more time and money saving interior design, decorating information than most people learn in a lifetime!

By now, you’ve probably figured out that I am not like most Interior Designers or Architects. (I am qualified in both fields). I concentrate on providing quality information to those who need it.

“But why would you just give away all of this valuable information?”

I know that you may be asking that question in your mind. I know it’s not what most Interior Designers do, and it may seem a little odd. It’s just that I have learned that good things happen when you concentrate on really helping people.

Yes, I make my living consulting to clients as their interior designer, and yes, it would be my pleasure to work for you to transform your house into a home you love to bring friends, business associates, and guests’ home to.


A half-hour is all it takes to get the information you need to make smart decisions for your future. We'll discuss what you want to accomplish, and look at the different options that you have.

Well, I’ve said just about all I can say. The next step is up to you. As I said before, there is absolutely no cost or obligation attached to your free consultation.

Pick up the phone and call me now, while you are thinking about it. I know that you may be a little skeptical, but one phone call isn’t much to risk, especially when you could save yourself lots of aggravation and thousands of dollars!

You can reach me at (09) 578-0704 or (021)-641-530, or send me an email with some suggested times and dates you are available to get together with me.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Kristina Cope DipInt, BArch
Interior Designer
P.S. Procrastination keeps more people from ever reaching their dreams than anything else. Don’t miss out on information that can make all the difference!

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Email: Kristina@HomeInteriorDesign.co.nz