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You can maximise space by choosing modestly sized toilets and washbasins.

You can maximise space by choosing modestly sized toilets and washbasins.

A compact bath and shower

A compact bath and shower

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Architect's clinic

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You can maximise space by choosing modestly sized toilets and washbasins.

Q We are a family of four, two adults and four-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. We are planning a total refurbishment of our new forever-home and are tight for space. Is it worth installing an en suite bathroom off the master bedroom? And is it a good idea to splash out on a downstairs shower room?

A: I recommend thinking about the bathing arrangements for your house in the context of both the house as a whole and of the life stages of your family. Your needs will change as your children grow. For example, a bath is a must for children of pre-school and primary school age, while a shower is more important for teenagers. At that stage, you will be well on the way to being a family of four adults.


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