Country housing, on the one hand, gives a lot of freedom: more space, the ability to independently plan the size and shape of the rooms, interesting architectural solutions. On the other hand, the design of technical premises and communications is more complicated here than in an apartment. In this article, we tell you what to consider when decorating a bathroom in a private house: from location to decor.
All about arranging a bathroom outside the city
— Furniture and decor
If in a city apartment the location of the bathroom is already indicated, which makes it impossible to freely transfer wet zones, then in a private house you yourself plan the layout of the premises. It seems that this is carte blanche for any of the most daring ideas, but in fact, even if the building is designed from scratch, there are nuances.
- How many floors and rooms in the house.
- The number of residents, their lifestyle.
- The material from which the house is made.
- Features of communications (type of ventilation, heating, plumbing system, etc.).
Bathroom placement is considered optimal
Bathrooms in a private house, as in the photo below, are associated with many windows. Indeed, country architecture allows this, but in general it is convenient to use the bathroom even without natural light. Therefore, if the project has a part of the building without windows, a shower room or toilet can be placed there. But in this case, take care of sufficient ventilation so that there are no problems with dampness.
With regard to planning, the owners of private houses really have much more freedom.
You can choose not only the desired area of the premises, but also their number and type. For example, on the ground floor there may be a separate shower room and toilet, and on the second floor there may be combined bathrooms for each bedroom. As you formulate these parameters, ask yourself a few questions:
How many people live in the house permanently ?This will help you understand how many separate zones you need to avoid creating a queue.
Are there children in the family and at what age? ?Perhaps for kids you will need a separate room with the appropriate layout and content. And schoolchildren and teenagers may well use an adult bathroom.
Do you like spa treatments? ?If yes, then you will need at least one spacious area with a large bathroom.
Are pantries, laundry and other technical rooms provided ?In this case, for example, you do not have to put the washing machine under the sink. It will also be possible to unload storage, leaving only the most necessary things in the hygiene area: shelves for towels and cosmetics.
Unlike an apartment, where all communications are already in place, outside the city, these systems need to be planned independently.
Sewerage and plumbing
In private buildings, water supply can be central, from a well or from a well. If you live outside the city most of the year or all the time, you need to install plumbing to supply and drain water. It is important that the pipes are strong, and if the building is made of wood, then you need to further minimize the condensation that occurs on them — otherwise the wood will deform and rot over time. Steel, metal-plastic and polypropylene pipes are now popular. Additionally, they are covered with thermal insulation materials to protect them from winter frosts. In addition, the water supply system includes pumps, a boiler and filtration devices.
Wiring is planned taking into account the number of sockets and light sources in the room, as well as their location. All this is thought out in advance, at the project stage, so that later there are no problems. It is also important to understand what appliances will be in the bathroom, what their power is and how often they are used (for example, a hair dryer, a water heater, etc.). This is necessary to plan the load on the power grid and select the appropriate wires. They will also need to be protected from moisture and ensure fire safety, especially if the structure is wooden.
In any wet area, ventilation plays a key role. It has to cope with high humidity, steam and dampness. Otherwise, mold or fungus may appear in the bathroom, an unpleasant musty smell may occur. There is also a risk that the finish will deteriorate, and the wood will rot.
A centralized air exchange system looks like this: a common source, which is located upstairs (for example, in the attic), and ventilation ducts leading to each bathroom.
- Regular ventilation if the room has a window.
- Small gap between door and floor.
- Lattices at the bottom of the door leaf.
Bathroom interior in a private house
When all the technical details are thought out, you can proceed to the design of the space. Consider the ideas of bathroom design in a private house with photo examples.
The main criteria for finishing materials in the wet zone are durability, strength and moisture resistance.
There are several finishing options
The main problem of bathrooms in a typical apartment is the lack of space. Any plumbing is quite large, so it is not easy to fit everything you need into 3-5 squares.
Another thing is a spacious bathroom outside the city. Here you can not limit yourself and plan a place for everything you need.
- Shower or bath.
You can also add a hygienic shower or bidet, washer and dryer (if they do not have a separate laundry room) and any elements of the spa area. Another big plus is that you don’t have to sacrifice anything and choose between a bath and a shower. You can make a separate room with a shower and a separate one with a bowl. Or combine these two zones in one space. A freestanding bathtub looks especially beautiful in a country interior. The effect will be enhanced by finishing with natural materials (marble, wood, stone) and a large window with a beautiful view of the surrounding nature.
Bathroom design with shower: design tips and ready-made layouts
Furniture and decor
As a rule, the furniture in the bathroom is limited to storage systems: cabinet under the sink, cabinets or shelving.
Choose a design based on the overall style. For example, minimalism and contemporary are characterized by straight lines, smooth plain surfaces, right angles and lack of fittings. But beautiful wooden chests of drawers and cabinets with various decorative elements will fit into the classics or country music. Only if you choose models from natural wood, the facades need to be treated with a composition that protects against moisture.
The decor can be anything: hang a couple of paintings on the wall, decorate the sink with a vase of flowers, pick up beautiful soap dishes, dispensers and other accessories. At the same time, unusual in shape or texture lamps will become decoration and accent. Aromatic candles, cosmetics in beautiful decorative packaging, window and bath textiles made of high-quality, tactilely pleasant fabrics will help create a spa atmosphere.