How the bathroom will be used affects the selection of fixtures and determines the type of bathroom needed. Following are brief descriptions of the types of bathrooms found in today’s homes (see Figure 6.1):
• Half bathroom/powder room—includes only a lavatory and toilet. It is usually located close to a social area for guests or close to family activity areas, such as the kitchen or outdoors.
• Full bathroom—includes the lavatory, toilet, and a tub and/or shower. It is usually located close to privacy areas of the home.
• Compartmentalized bathroom—includes lavatory, toilet, and tub and/or shower, but one or more of these has been separated into its own compartment. This allows the bathroom to be
FIGURE 6.1 A variety of bathroom types are found in homes today, NKBA
used simultaneously by more than one person. It can be located close to social and private areas or between two bedrooms.
• Bathroom suite—includes one or more lavatories, toilet, tub, shower, and various other fixtures and features such as a bidet, vanity, and dressing areas. It is located adjacent to a bedroom, such as the master or guest bedroom.
• Bathroom spa—includes fixtures similar to the bathroom suite as well as one or more spa fixtures, such as a whirlpool or jetted tub, soaking tub, spa tub, sauna, or steam bath.