As you know by now, I have a tendency to make impulse purchases at the scrapyard (or any place I can find an awesome one off piece) without thinking it through thoroughly. This is how we ended up with the most gigantic timber display shelf (over 3.5m long), a dent in the roof of our ute, and a closed off door that previously led to the guest bathroom from the kitchen.
Let me explain: The only way we could have a wall long enough to fit this hutch/shelf in the kitchen, was to patch up the door leading to the ensuite bathroom and guest bedroom downstairs. Luckily, we still have another access door, but now our party guests need to walk through the guest bedroom to get to the loo. Yes, my husband and I are still very happily married thank you for asking…
So here are my tips on working with this new layout:
1. USE A SIGN
Seeing that I’m over 40 (I know, very hard to believe), the first thing I do when visiting someone’s house, is to check out the location of the facilities. It has to be close enough to reach within seconds and I don’t necessarily want to make an announcement before I go try and find it. To make guests feel at ease, use a bathroom sign on the bedroom door. This way they’ll know they’ll eventually end up in a bathroom, even though they’re walking through the bedroom.
2. CLEAR THE WAY
My guest bedroom can instantly become a storage space when not occupied for some time. Make sure your guests have an unobstructed path to the toilet, as most of them would not have rock climbing experience.
3. AVOID RED FACES WITH TIDY SPACES
The bedroom your guests will be walking through, should be clean and tidy, functioning as a bedroom (not a storage facility) and the bed made and styled as if it’s a 5 Star Hotel. A tidy and clean bathroom with plenty of toilet paper, room deodoriser and a bin provided goes without saying.
Cheerio ’til next time!