More and more people are acquiring second homes – often cabins in the mountains or lakeside cottages. Some are used all year long, the vacation retreat home usually is limited in space, and as a consequence, the bathroom often is crowded into a small area.
The bathroom in a holiday home is viewed in a different context than the bathrooms at the principal home. For one thing, a vacation home is meant for relaxation, and cleaning chores should be kept to a minimum. And to speak regarding luxuriousness in conjunction with a holiday bathroom borders on the impractical. This does not mean that practically cannot be combined with attractiveness, even in limited space.
The outdoor view may be especially enjoyable at a vacation home. Cold-water shower lets vacationers de-sand after the beach, or just relax. Ventilating, lighting in ceiling make windowless bath feasible in the cabin.
Consider the following when building or remodeling a vacation bathroom:
- How many people typically will occupy the vacation home? If there will be more than six, you might want to install double sets of bathroom fixtures arranged in compartmental fashion.
- Building code requirements may be different from those at your other home. The septic tank, for example, may be considerably different from the plumbing system that you are used to.
- Check the water supply and water pressure available in the vacation area. Possibly a well and water pumping system will be necessary. Have the water checked by a state water testing laboratory.
- Make certain that all existing fixtures are operative and that, if necessary, they can be drained easily for the winter. If your vacation home is a ski cabin, determine whether or not the plumbing is suitably protected against freezing temperatures.
- Heat, light, and ventilation must be considered, but probably the requirements for these will be less than in your principal home.
- Plumbing costs in new installation can be reduced by locating the bathroom plumbing lines near the kitchen plumbing lines.
- A shower stall requires less room than a bathtub.
- Hinged doors take more room than sliding doors.
- If you want to experiment with a new decorating scheme or combination, what better place than the vacation home? If it works there, it might be worth repeating at home.