If you’ve ever had a water closet in your home, it probably felt like you stumbled upon a gift from the build-a-bath gods. Essentially the water closet is tantamount to cutting your powder room in half – it’s a throne with no sink. It is as private as private can get when you need to handle your not so fun business.
Simply put, the water closet is a small room with a commode inside. It is generally seen in master ensuite applications, although you can find a water closet in any bathroom that boasts space. While the water closet may seem like a dream come true to a homeowner, it does have its pros and cons.
Since the water closet is a closed off room, it contains some of the unsanitary particles that would naturally disperse into the air when you flush the toilet. That is comforting when you think about the things that are typically exposed in a standard bathroom when you flush the toilet, such as your toothbrush, your rinse cup and your bath towel.
Even spouses or live-in partners need privacy. The water closet gives you that and then some. If you are both utilizing the bathroom at the same time, it is nice to know that one person can claim privacy while the other can achieve some sort of air quality happiness.
In order to have a water closet, you must have additional square footage. In some cities where space comes at a premium, it does not make sense to have a water closet. Instead of dedicating an entire room to the toilet, homeowners may opt to build a half wall or partition wall to create privacy in a bathroom that lacks space.
Anti-Aging in Place
Aging in place is the preparation of a home to accommodate the needs of its aging occupants. Master down homes, lower kitchen counters, and ADA compliant toilets are all examples of things that are addressed when aging in place is top of mind. Water closets do not bode well for an aging population because these tiny rooms cannot comfortably accommodate a wheelchair or a walker. Moreover, its tight fit might prove cumbersome for an older individual.
When purchasing a home, it is important to consider the pros and cons of any design feature. If privacy is your main concern, then it makes sense to go for a water closet. However if you are over 50, you may need to seriously think about the drawbacks of a water closet when it comes to aging in place. In fact, there really is no wrong time to think about aging in place. If you are 25 years old and consider your current home to be your forever home, then aging is place is something you need to be conscientious of. At 25, 50 may seem far away, but time flies when you’re having fun.