Water closets are having a resurgence in bathrooms across the U.S. and for good reason. What was once an old design element typically seen in more luxurious homes and spaces, they are becoming increasingly popular in small family homes that only have one bathroom that needs to be shared by its occupants.
Is a water closet right for your home and household? Read on to find out.
What Is a Water Closet?
A water closet is a separate space within a bathroom that houses the toilet and sometimes a sink. It allows the bathroom to be used by multiple people at once without infringing on anyone’s privacy. For example, one person can be brushing their teeth while another uses the toilet.
Benefits of a Water Closet
Privacy is the primary benefit a water closet provides. No more fighting over who gets to shower and who gets to use the toilet first. A water closet allows the entire bathroom to serve more than one occupant at once without sacrificing privacy.
Another major benefit is hygiene. Did you know that the flush of a toilet could contaminate other nearby parts of the bathroom? In fact, studies show that the microscopic airborne water droplets that are sprayed from a toilet when it is flushed can reach as far as 6 feet in diameter. And putting the toilet seat down before flushing only reduced these airborne particles by around 50 percent at the most. Separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom helps to keep these airborne particles contained.
A less obvious benefit is aesthetics. Designers recommend keeping the toilet out of the initial line of view when you walk into a bathroom. While it’s a functional necessity in every home, no one enjoys looking at a toilet. Keeping it sealed off improves the visual appeal of your bathroom.
Is a Water Closet Necessary?
There is no right or wrong answer for including a water closet is your bathroom remodel. It depends on your personal preferences, the number of people in your household, and the vision you have for your space. It’s a personal choice but still needs to be designed correctly for optimal efficiency. And that’s where Anthony’s Plumbing comes in. Contact us today to see all the ways we can add comfort, convenience, and style to your bathroom.