Know Your Bathroom Space & Industry Building Standards

Aspirations for choosing and designing everything from the tiles to the accents to the fixtures for your new bathroom are great. However, more often than not, our clients are busy people with little time to educate themselves on the elements of a bathroom space. After all, you can’t play a game and play it well without being familiar with the characters involved. So, here we give you a quick recap on all the aspects of a bathroom space that you should be familiar with. With each element, we also provide some details on recommendations by National Kitchen & Bath Association for best fixture and clearance sizes as per design parameter and standard code demands.

Sinks
With sinks, design, placement of fixtures, and water supply type available all play a role in determining which would be best for your washroom. One main priority is the size of the sink as it and the vanity should fit with the user’s height. In front of your lavatory, you should provide clear space on the floor of at least 30 x 48 inches. When knee space gets provided for, you can have a maximum of 19 inches from this space extended beneath the lavatory.

Bidets and Toilets 

Most standard guidelines will demand at least fifteen inches on either side of the wall from toilet center. It cannot be closer to the wall than 30 inches. The same applies for proximity to sanitary fixtures. In fact, it is preferable to leave more space, about 32 inches, according to NKBA. Behind and in front of your bidet or toilet, there should be an extra clear space of 24 inches.

Bathtubs 
The bathtub is really the king of your bathroom. Poor choice of a bath tub can detract from the rest of the room’s design. Currently, no basic tub size requirements exist. Your minimum clearance by the tub should be a minimum of 60 inches in length and 30 inches in width, resembling the dimensions of standard tubs. Whirlpool motors and plumbing access should be allowed clear space for too though.

Enclosed Showers
Enclosed showers can be a good addition for comfort, privacy, and the modern touch. In terms of dimensions, NKBA would suggest that the interior wall to wall space that is usable should be at least 32 to 34 inches in length. Uniform Building Codes utilized in West Coast also require you to have all bathroom showers feature a finished interior o at least 1,024 area units. Also, interior diameters should be at least thirty inches.

Of course, the above guidelines only reflect typical requirements and aspects of a bathroom space. Please make sure to check in with your home designer and local building enquiries department for community-specific guidelines. This will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.


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