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Old 03-21-2021, 02:22 PM   #1
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walk through bathroom to get to the closet

I am looking at floorplans for new construction.
The floorplans all require walking through the bathroom to get to the closet.
All of the floor plans are like this.
This is a home in a 55+ community.

My parents' homes and my current home isn't like this.

My first thought is that I don't like it.

Is there a reason for designing a house like this?
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Old 03-21-2021, 02:32 PM   #2
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My guess is that it is to meet demand for large master bath with huge walk-in closets, while keeping the overall house footprint small enough for a tiny lot, typical of an over-55. Especially if these are single-story homes.

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I am looking at floorplans for new construction.
The floorplans all require walking through the bathroom to get to the closet.
All of the floor plans are like this.
This is a home in a 55+ community.

My parents' homes and my current home isn't like this.

My first thought is that I don't like it.

Is there a reason for designing a house like this?
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We live in the Midwest and other than out first starter home which didn't have a master bath or other 6 homes have all had the master closet off the master bath.
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I've never seen or heard of that design. Sounds very strange to me, and I wouldn't like it either.
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We have that. I love it.
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We have that. I love it.
Can you tell me why?
I am used to attached master bath on one side and the closets on the other side of the master bedroom.
Thanks.
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Old 03-21-2021, 02:47 PM   #7
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this is one of the floorplans : https://khovsecure.ml3ds-cloud.com/#/floorplan/290583
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I've seen this before but don't like it. What if one person is showering and the other person just wants to grab a sweater or coat from the closet? Then you have to cross the bathroom just to grab it. Annoying I think.

I suppose some people could say it makes getting ready easier in the morning since you can jump out of the shower and grab your clothes from the closet, but not sure as I've never lived in a configuration like this.
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My first house had the closet and sink just outside of the room with the tub, shower and toilet..


The current one has a master bath (btw, you are not supposed to say 'master' anymore as that implies slaves) that has closets on either side of the shower... sinks are in the same room but toilet has its own room at the far end...
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Thanks for including the plan.

It's not quite as bad as I was imagining, at least the toilet has a door, does the toilet have a separate vent as well ?

The issue I can see, is from habit, I'd like my socks and underwear and maybe a place to sit before putting on my pants. I don't see the walk in closet has any sitting place.
I guess, socks and underwear could go in some type of a closet drawer but that will kill some hanging space.
Does not seem to be much room for sitting, so will have to carry everything out to the bedroom ?
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it's unusual, wouldn't be a deal breaker for me, but not what I'd want.
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When I was last looking at plans for my present home (20 years ago!) there were some plans like that. It seemed very inefficient to have to traverse a closet to get to the bathroom and also wasteful of closet "space". I nixed all those plans very quickly. What I would like now is his and hers baths with closets to match.
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Looking at that plan, I'd be more bothered about having to haul the dirty laundry through the kitchen than having to walk through the bathroom to the closet.
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It’s pretty common in new construction where I’ve lived, but there’s a crucial detail IMO. If the head is in a separate cubby with a door, it’s no big thing - our present house is that way, and it works fine for us. If the head is out in the open, closet off the master bath is a really bad idea, a deal breaker in my opinion. The benefit is if one of you is up early rummaging in the closet getting dressed with the light on, the other person isn’t as likely to be disturbed sleeping. That can be a big problem if the master closet opens directly into the master bedroom.
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Can you tell me why?
I am used to attached master bath on one side and the closets on the other side of the master bedroom.
Thanks.
One less door in the bedroom. Don't have to parade through the bedroom naked. When one of us had to get up earlier than the other, could get clothes out of the closet and get dressed in the bathroom without having a light bother the sleeping person. Bathrobes hung on the inside of the closet door so handy for showers/baths. Just makes the bedroom look neater in my opinion. Our closet door was just inside the bathroom door so you could quickly slip into the closet even if the other person was taking a shower. I just found it very handy.
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Itís pretty common in new construction where Iíve lived, but thereís a crucial detail IMO. If the head is in a separate cubby with a door, itís no big thing - our present house is that way, and it works fine for us. If the head is out in the open, closet off the master bath is a really bad idea, a deal breaker in my opinion. The benefit is if one of you is up early rummaging in the closet getting dressed with the light on, the other person isnít as likely to be disturbed sleeping. That can be a big problem if the master closet opens directly into the master bedroom.
+1. Per the plans, it looks like there isn't a door between the bedroom and the bathroom. We had that situation in our rental when we moved to Junction and hated it for the "light in the morning" issue stated above by Midpack.
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I don't think I'd like that bathroom/closet layout.

I wonder about all those doors at one nexus--toilet cubby, linen closet, door to master suite--all opening the same direction, outward. Seems like there would be a lot of doors colliding with each other.

Also, that's an extremely small double garage, 19' x 19'. Two sedans would be squeezed in there side by side, and forget about putting a pickup in there, it won't fit.
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I designed our house so that we walk through the master bath to get to our closet. And our toilet is enclosed in its own 'room' with a door. So far so good. And it's been 28 years since we built our house.

I like OP's floor plan. We are looking for something similar.
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Yeah that would be a deal breaker for me. What an awful design. We don’t get dressed in the closet or the bathroom. We get dressed in the bedroom. We also store things besides clothing in the closet. I don’t want to have to walk through the bathroom every time I need something out of the closet. And it means that if one of us is showering the other can’t get to the closet without disturbing them. No thanks.
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You can get an armoire and move it against whatever wall you want, which you can't do if there's a built-in closet in the way.
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