For those unfamiliar, an ensuite is a bathroom adjacent to a bedroom. For some, they’re a necessity; for others, they’re a valued commodity. They vary in size and style depending on your home, but there are a couple of non-negotiables that you should think about:
- Easy access. You want to be considerate about where you’re placing an ensuite, especially if you’re designing a home for the first time. For example, you probably don’t want closet doors swinging open into the doorway of the ensuite. You also probably want the door to be far enough from your bedroom where if someone happens to take an early shower and you’re sleeping in a bit later, it won’t bother you at all. We recommend that you have the door to your ensuite kitty-corner from any bed or lounge areas and have your closets posted directly across.
- Longevity in the materials. There are many home renovation projects that can be stressful and ensuites are certainly close to the top of that list. It’s one thing if you’re purchasing a home and you factor in these renovation costs; it’s entirely another if you’re designing your home and choosing all the materials and finishes now. If the latter is the case, the Australian Heritage Homes team recommends that you factor longevity AND durability into this part of the conversation. Talk to your contractor about the materials that will maintain a classic look and still support the aesthetic of your architecture and home décor. It really is a key question for both them and for you, “will I want to update this in one, five, even ten years?” If that’s the case, make sure that you’re thinking about that when you budget for the project.
- What do you want to get out of your ensuite? Is it just the basics with another WC down the hallways? Is it all-encompassing so that you can roll out of bed and right into the shower without anyone outside of your bedroom seeing you? We’ve seen both and everything in between, but again – it’s something you’re going to want to plan for. Now we’re not talking about materials and finishes. We’re talking about square footage, which if you don’t plan for right away, you’re looking at an extensive project down the line. The last thing you want to do after purchasing a home is to immediately embark on a project that you didn’t plan for. Don’t worry, the AHH team has your back.
- We’re not suggesting floor to ceiling windows in an ensuite, but you most likely do want positive lighting that airs you in the best light. It’s the best way to start the day when you have natural light possible from every outlet you can think of. Explore frosted windows, skylights, or maybe just strategically placed lightbulbs if your ensuite faces a direction that doesn’t get much natural light. Believe us, your face, body, and emotions will thank you!