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How to create a comfortable bathroom – despite washing machine
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Your customers want a comfort bathroom, but washing machine and dryer have to be accommodated in it? No problem, with these design ideas the integration succeeds. © Stark There are two sanitary rooms in the house. The shower is removed from the guest WC (left), and an integrated but separate utility room takes its place. The main bathroom, on the other hand, is equipped with a modern shower zone. The brief: A builder couple occupies a beautiful condominium in a charming residential complex within the walls of an old distillery. The bathroom and toilet were renovated when they moved in 15 years ago – and actually still look smart. But it turned out that the laundry in the basement is no longer comfortable for the residents for the residents – especially since the area can only be reached via an outside staircase. This condition is to be improved. The only solution: integrating the washing machine in the apartment, and in the bathroom area. The initial situation: There are two sanitary rooms in the house. The main bathroom consists of a bathtub, washbasin and toilet. Modern and even then with alternative wall design. Bathing is sometimes an issue for the owner, but she is happy to do without it if washing clothes in the basement can be bypassed. In the guest toilet there is a shower. The dimensions of 80 x 80 cm are perceived as quite small. It was – probably for the reason – also never really used. These living habits quickly let find a solution approach. The shower is taken out of the guest toilet and replaced by an integrated, but separate utility room. The main bathroom on the other hand, will be designed according to the current needs of the owners for openness and generosity with a modern shower zone equipped. In other words, the bathtub will have to make way for the washing machine. The consideration – across both rooms – makes it necessary to completely renovate both bathrooms in order to be able to realize the best solution. A beautiful, elegant look, but also a sensible use is the goal. One thing is clear: If two rooms are available, the “laundry” process is certainly better located in the second bathroom.
Conversion 1: Washing machine now in the guest WC
This is how the washing machine was accommodated in the guest toilet: The area to the left of the entrance is covered with an entrance-door-high drywall from the rest of the room, forming the new “utility room”. On a plinth – to make filling the machine even more convenient – a washer-dryer finds its place. The builders opt for a combination model. © Stark guest bathroom (plus washing machine): The new pre-wall with concealed cistern continues to work across the corner, it offers additional comfort in this case in the form of an integrated odor extraction system. © Stark More than just a night light: light reflection on the floor – practical and beautiful. © Stark Attention to detail: Minimalist edge design on the continuous design element. © Stark The satin-finished glass door slides either in front of the utility room or the shower. Depending on requirements. This means there is still enough space above it for shelvesto store not only dirty laundry but also detergent and the like. Of course, the area is separated with a door, which is flush with the set wall. To do this, it should be remembered that the base is set back a little. Initially, a wooden door was considered, which will be painted to match the color of the wall and thus visually disappear. In the aftermath, however, preference was given to a painted glass door – designed by the glazier to match the vanity unit. On the other side of the drywall can be the Wall-mounted toilet can hide from view from the door. The pre-wall with concealed cistern continues to be worked around the corner, in this case, it provides additional comfort in the form of integrated odor extraction – so that the room also smells clean. Although there is already a fan in the room, this is a useful addition – as odors can no longer enter the room in the first place, but are sucked directly out of the bowl and filtered. Just like an extractor hood in the kitchen.
Night light jumps on by motion detector
The first glance when entering the room still falls on the washbasin. In keeping with the builders’ tastes, it catches the eye favorably with its straightforward, cubic design and offers all the amenities that a guest WC washing area should have. A expansive mirror surface across the entire width draws attention to itself, visually creates size and sets the tone with an indirect lighting effect downward to create a beautiful accent. On the long front wall, two wall lights mounted close to the floor contain an automatically switched night light – controlled by motion detector. Since this is a windowless space, this lighting effect is a nice welcome every time you enter. The light switching was kept with the existing Berker rotary switches outside. However, since the room now has to serve a dual purpose, a suspended ceiling to integrate three recessed spotlights here, which also provide a good light source for using the washing machine. This touch dimmer – together with the motion detector – is positioned in the room from the inside. Mega tiles in the format 120 x 120 cm will be laid on the floor, and the walls will be protected with a plinth. All the remaining walls will be painted with a color from the Farrow&Ball color fan in a delicate mint green. The room is sensibly divided into two – but the generous floor design in combination with the linear and coherent interior design brings it back together as a whole and gives generosity. A painting leaning casually on the porch aptly reflects the new, casual but elegant flair of the combination room. © Stark LED lights (Kiteo) are installed in the drop ceiling. They are dimmable in brightness, controllable in color temperature and offer the possibility to produce automatically controlled biodynamic light.
Reconstruction 2: Bathroom with new shower zone
Thus, the main bathroom was remodeled: The new bathroom now features a shower zone, which replaces the existing It replaces the existing bathtub. In the process, the owners wanted to ensure a comfortable and forward-thinking facility that could meet their needs in all situations. This aspiration is now evident as soon as you enter the room. The conventional wooden door was replaced by an sliding glass door replaced. The position of the door is slightly shifted to achieve an optimal cut for the shower zone, and in one move also enlarged. In addition to the idea of comfort, builders now enjoy the feeling of open living space. In fact, the satin glass panel is often shifted into the wall, opening up the view into the new bathroom.
Drywall allows for decorative niches
The Shower area: Following visual aspects, the glass door will run inward behind a set drywall. After all, a design principle says to avoid any unnecessary corner. This implies that the drywall is drawn across the entire width of the room, and not only in the required width of the shower. From this becomes a virtue in terms of design and at right angles to the washbasin are created two small nichesin which, for example, pretty perfume bottles find their place. The client’s wish for the possibility of listening to music in the bathroom is met by a socket hidden in the side wall of the upper niche. Here are found the power supply and at the same time a place for a small but fine music box, which works via Bluetooth. On the back wall there is an unchangeable fireplace shaft. It is doubled up and integrated into the furnishing concept in terms of design by connecting a room-wide seat/storage bench to it at the same depth of 30 cm. In addition, a smaller column of the same depth is created from drywall, which accommodates the glass wall in the center – thus avoiding unnecessary cutouts in the glass – and offers its place to the shower side of a rather small, but sufficient and illuminated shampoo niche. LED lights located under the bench let their light beam glide over the large-format tiles.
Shower with bench
In addition to the design aspect, the bench also fulfills the comfortable idea of a seat in the shower zone. In the shower, it is adjusted to a comfortable seat height of 45 cm from the top of the shower floor. Next to the shower you “sit” a little higher, because the shower zone can be built with only one step. The shower area itself is an expression of the minimalist design idea of the builders. The large-format tiles in 120 x 120 cm format are laid in a joint cut also on the wall in the shower area. The joint dictates the position of the mixers, which are all installed side by side on the transverse joint and provide the builders with showering pleasure with a slim bar hand shower and rain shower from a circular overhead shower. To avoid unnecessary slope cuts, a tileable wall drainage channel is used across the entire width, which immediately convinces with its properties of being very minimalist on the one hand, but also extremely easy to maintain on the other. The entire shower platform is created at an incline to the wall, ensuring quick and clean water drainage during showering. To crown the minimalism, the glass wall, which is shaped as an L and thus stands very stable without a spacer bar, is attached entirely without hinges or rails. The tiles are neatly slit by the tiler and the glass panel is inserted by the glazier for a perfect fit and sealed on both sides with silicone. This is pure millimeter work, which brings to light the advantage of really good skilled craftsmen!
Wall-mounted WC somewhat hidden
The left side of the wall is covered with drywall that matches the tile height on the opposite side. First of all, it is designed to be particularly stable over the entire surface, to be safe for all time. Whatever is to be attached to it, can also be mounted stably. For this purpose, a niche is created for a flush-mounted mirror cabinet to get the look of a spacious mirror with light ambience, but also to take advantage of the possibility of storage space. In addition to the base cabinet, which – sensibly equipped – in combination with the filigree porcelain washbasin and shiny glass front looks more like a design piece than a convenient storage box. Integrated sockets in the vanity unit for chargers and the like, a soap dispenser that can be used sensibly, fixed towel rails and an illuminated shaving and make-up mirror round off the ambience at the washing area. The wall-mounted WC is somewhat hidden. Its position alone provides privacy and intimacy – here, too, with odor extraction and the option of height adjustment. However, it was the visual appeal of the WC panelling in white glass (Tece Lux) – matching the vanity unit – that tipped the scales in favor of this particular product in this room. Tile-free wall design in the area is another factor that favors the back cladding of the toilet with glass.
Tiles in large format 120 x 120 cm
Extremely few joints, combined with the goal of achieving maximum visual effect of space, are the reason to choose the tiles in the format 120 x 120 cm. The color choice of a warm, natural shade of gray also allows very well to use a uniform material for the wall and floor. The floor and the walls on both sides in the area of the shower zone are covered with it in a continuous grout. The ceiling-high plinth is transformed into an elementary component by the complete tiling, which is an essential part of the design. The transverse seat or storage bar creates the connection in the room. The edges are of course without any rails and all mitered. The non-tiled walls are protected with a base made of the floor tiles and painted with a warm base tone wipe and waterproof. The bathroom scenario is accentuated by the different light sources. The following shine with the flick of a switch: the all-round illuminated mirror cabinet – its brightness and light temperature can still be adjusted on the cabinet itself -, the floor-level effect lights under the bench, niche lights and the indirect lighting in the pre-wall on the left, which casts its warm white light on the tinted ceiling and lets it float warmly back into the room. A motion sensor controls the floor-level LED fixture next to the toilet, which casts a pleasant night light on the floor as soon as you enter the room. © Stark The main bathroom received a wall design with a transverse joint that literally sets direction.
Ceiling creates biodynamic light
In the newly created drop ceiling are LED lights (Kiteo) are installed. They are dimmable in brightness, controllable in color temperature and offer the possibility to produce automatically controlled biodynamic light. Based on the changing daylight – from sunrise to sunset – the ceiling lighting provides the right light temperature at any time of day. light temperature. This is intended to subconsciously support the human bioorganism. Whether the sun appears bluish in the morning and provides us with energy or in the evening with the more reddish glow to calm down – this effect can be called. In addition, the lights can be set in different shades. This does not necessarily mean a garish color, but rather a soft tint that fills the room individually. The decision to go for more neutral, timeless tones in color and tile is very easy – since the occupant can create and support his or her own moods at any time – with colored light, that is. The love of beautiful things is evident in the room. So it stands to reason that the two owners also have a penchant for art and want to ensure that it makes an appropriate appearance in their rooms. The area above the bench next to the shower was reserved right at the beginning to display art. to set the scene for art – so the two swiveling ceiling spots are also aimed at this area. This is the icing on the cake, so to speak: The bathroom’s décor is only really completed with the right lighting staging of the painting.
Design ideas for integrating a washing machine
Manufacturers of “white goods” are still captured in the field of technology and price range. The visual appeal of a washing machine is less important in these concerns. This means that these devices simply can not compete with the demand for appearance and design in an exclusive bathroom. In addition, there is the fact that the viewer always associates the sight of a washing machine with the the call to do housework to do housework. So the modern bathroom planner has no choice but to “hide” these things in a bathroom. But the advantage of interior design is that the planner can use his ideas without limits. A separation from the room by means of a Drywall has the advantage that space can be gained next to or above the washing machine to accommodate a dryer, intelligent storage space for dirty laundry or even other things. The visual and sometimes constricting impression of conventional furniture is bypassed. The integrated “utility room” takes up a part of the room structure. Skillfully designed, it can even look very nice. In case of space problems, however, bathroom furniture manufacturers have already adapted to this, Conversions for washing machines – sometimes also in manufacture (Burgbadmöbel RC40) and color-matching to the remaining furniture installations in the bath. Whether in a niche or in a tall cabinet, which in a corner of the room is less disruptive to the feeling of space – matching furniture reveals the view of the washing machine only when it is in use. The idea of console systems can also be well implemented in the integration. Conventional appliances require a plate depth of 60cm and create the familiar character of a kitchen countertop. The Küchenmöbler show us how this can also be done beautifully! It should be noted that there are also washing machines on the market in different formats in depth and height. Even console systems with wash bowls (and thus OK about 75 cm) can be combined with these small machines. © Stark consoles can be used for integration: The picture shows a console system with semi-recessed washbasin and washing machine conversion. Certainly, integrating household appliances in the bathroom is not a new task for bathroom planners – but it will become an increasingly important issue. In combination with the growing demand for visual appeal in the bathroom – especially in comfort bathrooms – this is a topic to which more attention can be paid again. After all, the perfect bathroom should be the user’s tailor-made suit – with all its rituals and daily needs. Washing laundry without having to put up with inconvenient routes is certainly one of them. This article by Andrea Stark was first published in SBZ issue 22-2019. Interior designer Andrea Stark has been active in bathroom construction for more than 25 years with her company “Starkberaten” in Overath near Cologne. Advertisement haustec.de The specialist portal for building services engineering A bathroom with a washing machine and dryer is practical, but both devices need a space of 1.2 m next to each other, which not every bathroom provides. Nevertheless, one does not have to do without a dryer. It is also possible to place the dryer on top of the washing machine, thus saving space. To build such a “washing machine tower”, there are several solutions to choose from. For this purpose, the trade offers an intermediate kit or intermediate mounting frame, which, in addition to good fastening, often offers a pull-out compartment. The solutions are well thought-out and safe. But also with simple means and without high costs it is possible to put the dryer on the washing machine. All that is needed for this is a piece of countertop and some angles, which can be found in almost any workshop. Quickly, according to our instructions, the washing machine tower is created. Read also cleaning washing machine, clothes dryer or washer-dryer.
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Required working materials and tools
A space-saving solution Depending on the chosen method, different aids and tools are also needed. In this example here you need:
Plate between the washer and dryer:
- Spirit level
- Saw (optimal table circular or hand circular saw)
- cordless screwdriver
- at least six steel angles
Washing machine on top of dryer or upside down?
It is often asked whether a washing machine can be placed on top of a dryer. In principle, the answer to this question is yes. However, it should be noted that the washing machine causes much more movement, and therefore requires a safe stand. If this is not ensured, the washing machine tower can become unstable and the washing machine can not counteract an imbalance during spinning. In this case, the fuses must be drastically strengthened.
Caution: Unless there is a valid reason for this arrangement, placing a washer on top of the dryer should be avoided. It is equally dangerous to place a dryer on top of a smaller washing machine. In this case, a safe rack should be used to create a larger footprint for the dryer.
Step 1: Cut the worktop to size
Lay the worktop to fit the washing machine. Often, the washer and dryer are simply placed as a tower without any tools, which is very dangerous. In any case, it is necessary to create a connection between the two devices. In our example, one countertop each is placed over the washer and dryer and secured. Without connecting the washing machine and dryer, the vibration of the washing machine can cause the dryer to “wander” and fall off the washing machine tower. In an unfavorable case, this can damage not only the equipment. Therefore, a worktop is needed, which can either be cut to size yourself or purchased as a remnant in the hardware store. The worktop requires a standardized depth of about 60 cm and a width that rests fully on the washing machine. A larger width is not required, which is very conducive to saving space. For the majority of washing machines, a countertop of 60 x 60 cm is required.
Step 2: Secure worktop with angle on the washing machine
On the underside, attach angles for safety. The angles hold the countertop on the machine To ensure that the countertop holds securely on the washing machine and cannot slip, it must be secured. If it is larger than the washing machine, moldings can be installed all around, which looks very visually appealing. However, if a lot of space is to be saved in the bathroom or laundry room, the securing should be as narrow as possible. It would be possible to simply attach a board to the side of the countertop and thus secure the washing machine and dryer combined at the same time. However, this has the disadvantage that the fastening screws can loosen and thus the fuses can fall off. Angles, on the other hand, offer very good securing with a very small footprint. The angles are fastened vertically with screws in the worktop and absorb the forces laterally. This means that the screws cannot be pulled out of the wood. Whether the countertop is slightly wider or minimally smaller than the washing machine does not matter much here. The correct distance can be set with the angles. To do this, measure the exact width of the washing machine and then align the angles. The distance to the front and rear edges should be divided approximately equally. Since the washing machine and dryer are in almost all cases in front of a wall and therefore cannot slide backwards, the countertop only needs to be secured against forward movement. This can be done by adding another angle at the rear. Please note the distance between the machine and the wall (marked in blue).
Step 3: Attach securing brackets for the clothes dryer
Attach additional angles to secure the dryer. After the countertop has been secured to the washer, additional fasteners must be attached to stack the washer and dryer washer and dryer. Angles are used in this case as well. As you can see in the pictures, angles from the workshop fund were used for this purpose. It is only important that they are stable and the legs are long enough. Here you can be quite inventive. As with the washing machine, the footprint of the dryer must be accurately measured for the positioning of the angles. However, it is also possible to place the washer and dryer on top of each other as a test, position the brackets and mark them. After the dryer is removed from the plate, the angles can be screwed on. Unfortunately, when the dryer is set up, it is rarely possible to invisibly secure it against sliding forward. With the visible angle at the foot of the dryer, however, you can come to terms and, if necessary, match it to the color of the dryer.
Step 4: Place the washer and dryer on top of each other
The countertop rests securely on top of the washer and angles have been placed on the countertop to hold the dryer. With this method washer and dryer are secured together with a countertop. Ingenious, inexpensive and, most importantly, quickly implemented. An extra connecting frame, rack or cabinet is not needed for this. However, if the appropriate space is available, a cabinet can create additional storage space for detergent and fabric softener. In the example shown, the washing machine tower is located in a laundry room that is being remodeled. Again, the space between it and the wall is filled with a shelf, creating space for washing utensils. For additional safety, a mat can be placed between the washing machine and dryer. The anti-slip mat not only absorbs vibrations, it additionally relieves the angles.
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The finished, functional washer-dryer tower.
Tip: drain for washing machine and dryer
Laundry dryers are fundamentally differentiated into exhaust air dryers and condensation dryers. Since exhaust air dryers blow the moist air into the room or require a connection on the outside wall, condensation dryers are preferred. Here, the moisture from the laundry is collected in a collection container that needs to be emptied regularly. What some do not know – many condensation dryers can be connected directly to the drain pipe. If the washing machine and dryer are on top of each other, the drain of both devices can also be combined (well seen in the pictures above). Often, this simply requires the removal of the hose that directs the water into the collection tank. This can be placed outside through a preparation in the back wall and directed into the drain. The catch basin never needs to be emptied again. Photo credits: Adobe Stock/rh2010 (sorted chronologically or by the order of the images used in the buying guide). Plumbing A Washer And Dryer.
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