4cm Too Small for a Bathroom

We heard back from the architect this week about a part of the plans for under the house. In my plans I had placed a bathroom under the stairs to make the best use of space. Unfortunately though the building code for Queensland requires a minimum of 90cm (36″) width. The space under the stairs is 86cm, so 4cm (1.5″) too narrow for the bathroom.

So now because of 4cm we have had to get rid of the walk in robe and replace it with a bathroom. I must admit that my wife is probably a little more disapointed about loosing the walk in robe than I am, but it is still a bit of pain because it will mean that our bedroom will now shrink to accomodate the new location of the wardrobe.

When I finally get the plans I will post them on here for you all to see.

Here is an article about another problem that we ran into with my original plans:

Renovation Planning Hitch

2 Replies to “4cm Too Small for a Bathroom”

  1. Leah

    Is a “robe” the same thing as a “closet” here in the U.S.? I was a little confused at first, but I think that’s what you mean…

    I remember travelling around Europe one summer in college and being so happy to get to London where I THOUGHT I’d finally be able to understand the locals. But half-way through someone giving me directions and me wondering, “What on earth is a round-about?” (called a “circle” here), I realized that you really can’t win no matter where you go =)

    I love your little office space on your blueprints!

  2. Bill Hutchison Post author

    Hi Leah,

    Yeah, a robe is the same as closet. I am originally from Canada, so I have a heck of a time sometimes over here. I ask for a 2×4 and they laugh at me, or I say drywall and they look at me like I’m some sort of idiot.

    Here in Australia the language is a lot more UK English than American or Canadian English. They also use all metric for their building and even though Canada is officially metric everyone over there still speaks and I think works in imperial.

    I’m hoping to have the new plans up soon. This is what we want to work towards in the next few years as our family grows and our need for space grows too.

    Thanks for checking out the site.

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