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A moderately priced
bathroom with the
latest equipment.
Emco Booklet "D":
Beauty in the Bath
Room, 1920.
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

space will almost always be greater than that of a bedroom
or living room. One square metre added to a bathroom can
make a substantial difference, while subtracting it from
a large living room might not even be noticeable. Just a
few decades ago, the bathroom was clearly of relatively
little importance. Families shared one bathroom, the
master ensuite was rare, and a ground-floor two-piece, an
extravagance. How different domestic spaces are valued
have changed - with the bathroom coming out the winner.
Other possibilities cannot be ignored. People in the
building industry may forget that the wider population is
less able to read and understand drawings than they are.
So when housing is sold from plans, purchasers may
not be fully aware of the trade-offs they are making. People will see the
bathrooms on the plans and can count them, whereas the relative size of bedrooms
and other spaces is less apparent, even when furniture is shown. The list of features
in the accompanying advertisement focuses on the kitchen and bathroom: granite
countertops, ceramic tile floors and imported cabinetry. There is simply more to be
celebrated in bathrooms than in dining rooms.
There are other messages that can be learned based on the configuration of small
units. The changing importance Canadian society puts on bathrooms is obvious when
considering the unit designs of this project. Will the units in this proposed project
appeal? Only time will tell, but the developer is betting they will.
IAN ELLINGHAM is an architect living in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is Chair of the
Built Environment Open Forum.

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