FORUM - This forum is amazing - thanks so much for the dialogue , ideas, photos, options. I couldn’t ask for more!! This is really great and super helpful.
LINK TO PPT : Found it here : math-kitecture dot com followed by /quarterinchgridtemplate.ppt. See atttachment in next post.
SKYLIGHT - Re the skylight, we have two already in our home. and never had any issues (after 20 years)... likely because I had them done by our roofing installer/specialists. For this reno, if I do it for the ensuite, I'd do the same - have the roof specialist do it, and have it done first (pre-reno)... ie install the skylight/curb ( 2 x 2 flared to 4 x 4) and do all the attic framing, insulation, vaper barriers, etc.. .everything but the inside drywall... and later have reno contractor do the drywall when he is doing the rest of the bathroom. This will ensure the skylight is installed correctly, avoids any concerns re damage, and will give me the 'end-state' lighting I can plan to, when picking tiles, cabinets, etc.
MUST HAVES and NICE TO HAVE. As to my musts, they are :
- -agreement from the wife (she has to love the design and not settle - end of story!)
- -double vanity yes, freq used two at a time)
- -make up table
- -medicine cabinet with mirrors
- -ample storage
- -free standing or skirted corner tub. Not drop in.
- -large tub 72 x 36. Or 60 x 60 corner
- -larger walkin shower with bench
- -tiled floor add tiled walls (half way up)
- -pot lights
- -no linen closet
Nice to have - and looking likely :
- -skylights (gives me light and no constraints re fixture/cabinet placement vs window)
- -special floor or bulkhead wall treatment to feature tub
- -boxed insets into wall
- -laundry pullouts and functioning drawers below sink
- -kickdrawer storage
- -rainshower heads for shower, code permitting
Nice to have - and unlikely :
- -heated floors
- -wider door entrance
RE THE F-SERIES , yah, thought I was onto something but the wife absolutely hated that idea re the sinks so far back, and the tub in the middle of the room.
RE THE G-SERIES - First off, thanks for such a great effort.. Some of these look familiar !!!. Okay, so G2,3,5 is where I started from wrt the door (pre this forum), but the contractor ruled them out as we cannot have the door that close to the steps (building code issues). We have to either put the door further in (closer to outside wall), or, build a new wall at the ... which looks pretty bad. So I ended up turning the door as I have it now in all the plans, so there are a few footsteps before you hit stairs. G1/4 have the issue of it no longer being an ensuite. Finally all of the G-series have the possible issue of the vanity across from the shower leaving a narrower, less-open, close-in feeling. It sure felt that way when we taped it up..even when imaging a glass door there. Also if my wife is at her vantity not sure if the swinging shower door would work there.
RE OTHER DESIGN ELEMENTS -- I like the functioning drawers below the sink. Also laundry pullouts. See below
RE CURRENT STATUS AND FRONTRUNNERS. Had a long chat with the wife last night looking at plans and options and pictures. All things considered, she is zeroing in on Plan D as her preference to date. She is really liking the idea of a featuring a freestanding tub at the far end of the bathroom, with some nice wall and tile treatments an spate shower . She doesn't like drop-in loks ( feels it 'hide" the tub -- but isn’t that the idea?? . And doesn’t like tub next to the shower. Nothing finalized of course - so much to consider here. But I might need to yield a bit here as this is HER dream bathroom. As longs is it’s an informed decision, with due consideration given to alternatives, I've done my best.
Not sure if I can pull off that all-out arched area (earlier post), but a modest bulkhead treatment, with insets into the wall, should be doable. Might still look quite slick all tiled up. The latest version of Plan D below also has ample storage re towers on either side of vanity, and towers on either side of make-up table.. I have not yet put anything behind the tub just yet., but maybe small tables would work there.