What we know as a “Powder Room,” or a half bathroom, was first introduced as a design response similar to the situation we are finding ourselves living now. During the 1918’s influenza, there was a need for residents and visitors to have quick access to a bathroom without having to cut through a house or into more private areas. Living through another pandemic, we acknowledge the initial importance of this room’s intent. Yet we realize there is an opportunity to enhance the user’s experience and elevate the design of the room while allowing the room to serve its original purpose.
When designing or remodeling your Powder Room, there are four topics to consider:
It’s common for primary bathrooms and kitchens to consume the finish and fixture budget of a house. Often times, Powder Rooms end up being an afterthought and sometimes are stuck with the left-over finishes and fixtures from other bathrooms. However, Powder Rooms tend to be very small, thus the quantity of the finishes is also minimal - so why not invest in your guests’ experience and let the design become more of a surprise statement piece?
Even though the Powder Room is considered a bathroom, it does not need to follow typical bathroom rules:
Just because the Powder Room is small doesn’t mean it has to strive for something bigger:
Because of the location of most Powder Rooms, they tend to lack natural light. However, there is no need for this room to be brightly illuminated.
When you are ready to design or remodel your powder room, acknowledge that this small room can still make a big statement. Elevating the aesthetic and durability of the room to match its usefulness is the perfect balance, as Vitruvius once pointed out.
Gibran joined EYRC in 2017 and has been an integral part of both the residential and commercial studios. He brings his design sensibility to both EYRC’s custom residential projects as well as select hospitality projects. Gibran is an empathetic designer who listens closely to the client’s specific taste, lifestyle and inspiration to translate this into a vision which fits their site and budget. In addition to being a licensed Architect and talented designer, Gibran curates EYRC’s award-winning Instagram account.