The smartest home is one that makes intelligent use of space, and building smaller can lead to some truly clever choices.
Doing more with a little less
The people drawn to an EkoBuilt home want quality, comfort, and sustainability. They also tend to be creative thinkers, and we love coming up with smart solutions to meet each client’s particular circumstances.
When it comes to the number, position, and size of bathrooms in a new home, we have some really interesting options built into our 50+ house plans, but we never tire of exploring new configurations.
Our own net zero model home, which we open to the public in Ottawa several times a year (and which you can tour virtually right here on our website) is a four bedroom, two bathroom home. The master bedroom enjoys a comfortable en suite, and the remaining bedrooms share a beautifully designed shared main bathroom.
Centrally divided by a door, one side features double sinks and a large shower, while the other contains a sink and toilet. This side is positioned facing the home’s front entrance, so that it can be used as a powder room by guests. Intelligent design at its best!
Bathroom options for your life
Depending on the kind of household you have — single person, working couple, single family, large family or multi-generational, you name it — you’re going to have different views and preferences on what makes sense for your home. We offer the following as starting points and ideas you might not have considered.
A Simple Bungalow with Shared Bath
Our Shooting Star bungalow is a simple two-bedroom home with a main shared bathroom, accessed via a shared hallway. The master bedroom also has access through an optional pocket door.
The home also includes a two-piece powder room where it’s paired with the mudroom at the front entrance.
A Bungalow with 2 Full Bathrooms
Our Galetta floorplan is another two-bedroom floorplan with quite a different approach. In this scenario, the master bedroom has a private ensuite bathroom.
The second bedroom (which could also be a den or office) is accessed through a short hall with a smartly designed second bathroom near the home’s front entrance.
This layout provides two full bathrooms and abundant privacy, while also considering guest access.
Smart Floorplan with Jack & Jill Bath
Our Honeysuckle floorplan is a three bed, three bath floorplan that includes a master bedroom with ensuite at one end of the home (to the left of the kitchen; not shown here for scale). This home also includes a two-piece powder room.
The two secondary bedrooms share a separate wing at the other end of the home, and wrap around a shared Jack & Jill bathroom.
This type of bathroom includes two separate doors, for shared access, while ensuring privacy.
Three Bedroom Home with Large Shared Bath
Our Foxglove floorplan is another three bedroom floorplan, and in this case all three bedrooms share a very spacious main bathroom that includes a soaker tub and large shower.
Access is through a small bedroom hallway, with an optional pocket door from the master bedroom as well.
This home also features a small two piece powder room at the front entrance, through which is accessed the laundry and utility room.
Take time to plan your home
We hope that some of these ideas may resonate with you as you consider the many decisions that are a part of planning a new home.
Our portfolio of 50+ floorplans is full of inspiration and jumping off points. Working with us means we’ll finetune or modify a plan with you (or we can even start from scratch).
Our pre-certified passive house kit ships across North America. We also handle full builds in our home patch of Ottawa, Canada.
Ready to plan your smart home? Give us a shout!