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A bath with a view

Posted by Rona Fischman October 12, 2012 01:50 PM

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I like TripAdvisor a lot. The interface is good and the reviews seem like they are from real people. I got an email from them recently with a link to hotels with bathrooms that have beautiful views.

As a city girl, this makes me edgy. There is no way I want to use a tub with a view for miles. Is that just me?

Privacy is in the eye of the beholder. When looking at houses or condos for sale, I notice whether the bathroom windows or doors create a not-private-enough situation. Some of my clients mind bathrooms that are off the kitchen, living room, or dining room because they find it inhibiting to use a bathroom adjacent to a room full of people. They prefer first floor bathrooms that open to a short hallway between rooms or have a door that somehow opens away from the main social room. This arrangement is commonly designed in older center-entrance Colonials, Capes, Ranches and some more modern Colonials.

Most of the directly-into-the-social-space bathrooms are add-ons. As we have discussed many times here, additions done without the advice of an architect is a mistake. Some mistakes are bigger than others.

I have seen these:
- Bathrooms that have to be walked through in order to get to the stairway to the third floor bedrooms.
- Bathrooms built in mud rooms. These are the back entrance to the house through an exterior door.
- Front-facing bathrooms with low windows near the toilet.
- Back facing bathrooms with low windows facing the porch or other finished addition.
- Bathrooms that open directly into the kitchen, dining room or living room. The ones with no fans are more problematic.

Would you enjoy a bathroom with a view? Have you ruled out a property because of a bathroom privacy issue?

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