With your floor plan in front of you, strewn with cut-out pieces of paper that you’re trying to arrange into a sensible layout, you may despair of the size or shape of the bathroom. And standing in a dark and dingy space, with a low, oppressive ceiling and awkwardly positioned fixtures, you may think it can never be a light and welcoming room.
It is possible to alter the shell of the room and to change the structure to your advantage. But are you prepared for extra expense and upheaval? Bear in mind too, there may be delays while you wait for permission to make the changes (in some cases, structural alterations are governed by local laws and regulations and you need approval before you can start check with your designer, contractor or local planning office.)
three good reasons for structural alterations
to create more physical space
Demolishing walls to borrow space from a neighboring room and removing obstacles such as cupboards will enlarge the bathroom, giving you more room to fit in everything you want.
to enhance the sense of space
Raising or lowering a ceiling or floor, re-sizing windows or adding a skylight are all ways of improving the space you’ve got. Concealing pipes, bringing in more natural light and creating better proportions will do wonders for a small bathrooms as well.
to increase the flexibility of design
Strengthening the walls allows you to wall mount fittings, while strengthening the floor means the joists can support a cast iron tub. Simply by re-positioning the boiler or the soil pipe, moving the door or even changing the way it swings, you open up new layout possibilities.