The most divisive trend in water-closet architecture has reached Boston: the open-concept bathroom
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- Is This "Open-Concept Bathroom" in JP a Dream or a Nightmare?
- Spencer Buell
- Mar 3 2021
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One key element of having a tiled bathroom is missing with this approach. Tiles are watertight and protect the floor and walls from water and moisture.
I don't think that's going to be a problem. With everything kinda hanging in the breeze, there should be plenty of air circulation to not make it a problem. Unless the entire room is improperly ventilated, in which case you have a big problem. But it's kind of hard to saturate such a huge space with moisture.
Oh, absolutely. I was merely talking about the problem of watertightness and moisture. Smell is an entirely different beast. And I can say that I wouldn't want this kind of bathroom, even if I think it will not mold away your walls.
Anecdotally, one of my bathrooms has wooden floors and it's a mess (it's an old house, and was originally a hallway). It gets plenty of circulation if you open the window too.
I once experienced this in an airbnb I stayed in. It's exactly as awkward as it seems.
I feel like it's one of those things that is being pushed by trendsetting outlets as the hot new thing, gains traction with designers because of this buzz, and then get cyclically reported as the hot new thing.
The hygiene of this is questionable, although it might cause people to think twice about flushing without the lid down, for those who struggle with this concept.
I'm sorry but is this custom to do? You lay it out as if it is. I can see why it's preferable but I hardly think the majority does this...at least not where I am from.
Absolutely not. It may actually violate building or health codes. I'm almost certain it was done here because the renovators wanted to add another bathroom but there wasn't a place for it, so they hijacked the nearest repurposable area (an entryway, apparently) and did the minimum amount of work to add facilities to it, figuring they could sell it anyway if they threw enough trendy interior design buzzwords at the listing.
I think it almost certainly won't sell without at least some more renovation to wall in and door off the space. The reason a 2000 square foot condo is listed for almost a million dollars is that Boston's real estate market is utterly insane.
edit: For clarity, since I may have misunderstood the question, "it" in my comment is "making a bathroom without enclosing walls or a door".
I don't have much insight into what proportion of Bostonians flush with the lid up or down. I always put the lid down, because I'm not a monster.
Thank you! That was exactly what I meant. But now I can't help laughing about police busting your door in 3 am to handcuff you because you didn't close the toilet. Stop resisting you animal!
Maybe the rich doesn't poop.
I get it, kinda. There is a certain feeling of liberation when you're home alone and pooping with the door wide open. OTOH, there's no option to close the door anymore. Also, water spills/leaks from any fixture, now it has no walls to contain it....
I feel like this is potentially a good pooping experience under the following circumstances:
2a. There is nobody else home, or
2b. You have absolutely zero sense of personal shame, and do not care that the other people around you can hear and smell everything.
Honestly I'm mostly concerned about the sounds. Just imagining the adjacent room set up as a little den or conversation space, and having to sit there and ignore the accompanying bathroom noises when there's nothing between you and the bathroom besides open air... guhh. I wouldn't be able to look the person in the face when they returned.