Friday, August 26, 2011

Wet Rooms

As you guys know, we are in the process of buying a house (!)

My mind has been a whir of excitement and planning.  There is a lot of work to do.  That's a serious understatement.  But most of it is really exciting work.  I love any excuse to re-examine our things and purge ourselves of unnecessary clutter (checkout  I always feel less cluttered just scanning the blog!).

I have a few friends who are really talented in the design arena, and I have never felt particularly gifted in that area.  However, now that we will have a house that I already love, I find that I'm really excited to start decorating it and making it my own!  I hope you don't mind if I bounce some ideas off of you to see if my design ideas are
  • Practical
  • Beautiful
  • Enriching
Today at the library, I about broke my back carrying out all the boys' books plus my new design books/diy home renovation books (we are thinking of turning that crazy basement into an apartment!).
Here's my newest idea.  Have you ever heard of a "wet room"?  Apparently they're big in Europe.  I think I've been in one, but I can't remember where.  The basic idea is that there is a sink, toilet, and open shower where the water converges to a central drain in the floor.  Here are a few pictures.


It seems to me to be a good idea for a small bathroom.  Everything else that you generally have in the bathroom could be in a nearby bigger closet area.  And doesn't it seem easier to clean?  Bathroom floors can be such black holes.  What do you think?  If you were looking to buy/rent, would this be a + or - for you?


  1. I don't think you're broadening the scope too much at all Ariel! Our daily legacy has a lot to do with where we spend most of our daily time. Good design in a house can do a lot to decrease stress by facilitating cleanliness, light, and companionship.

    My apartment in Israel last summer had a room kind of like this. Actually it's very common in houses there! So much dust gets into everyone's house from the desert that it needs to be easy to clean floors. (Carpet is rare). Most people just get all the floors wet and then push the water through the house into the bathroom floor drain. It does make cleaning convenient!

    The only disadvantage could be that access to the toilet is nix when someone is showering. But in a 1 or 2 person apartment that wouldn't be much of a problem. Great idea for saving space!

  2. Seems like a great idea!

    What if the floor was wet and someone only wanted to go in and use the bathroom? I guess people would have to take their shoes off and there would need to be a bath mat of sorts nearby. Or you could have wet room sandals at the entrance...

    Your house will be a work of art.

  3. I love, love, love this idea! I would love to put one in a coming house of ours actually. It would makes cleaning behind the toilet easier, I think.

  4. Honestly, I would be like "Huh. Weird." But I'm also not married. Maybe I'd like it if I was married. Maybe I just don't like the name "wet room." Maybe I don't really have a problem with water getting on the floor from the toilet and sink and don't need a communal drain on the floor. Anyway- in all, this room seems kind of unnecessary to me. But again, I'm not married so I probably don't know. Which is probably why I don't get to post on this blog.

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