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#1 CheekyKids

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:16 PM

We need to renovate an ensuite to a bedroom (not the main bedroom). At the moment, there is a sliding door.  We are toying with the idea of not having a door altogether. For a few years, we will probably all use it as the shower space and the vanity will actually be bigger than our main bathroom.  Down the track, we will leave it for mostly DD's use only.  Have you seen ensuites without doors?  I know that it's fairly common in new houses where they have open ensuites to main bedroom, but I haven't seen them in other bedrooms.

#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:18 PM

I personally hate ensuites without doors. And walk in robes. They need doors!

#3 pitzinoodles

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:25 PM

Have seen them in new houses, really dislike the idea.

I'm assuming there is a toilet in the bathroom? If not, it's not too bad, but the steam from a shower will still go into the bedroom, usually the bedroom paint is not up for a regular steamimngm  bad for your clothes too!

#4 CallMeProtart

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

Why would you NOT have a door?

#5 Bluemakede

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:41 PM

For me it'd be fine, though I'd make sure there is a fan to suck up any steam when showering.

I don't actually use the door to my ensuite (and if no ones home and I use the main bathroom or toilet I don't close it either). It annoys me to no end when I have to close the door cause someone is home lol.

#6 Quack Quack

Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:45 PM

We built a house about 11 years ago, there was no door on the master bedroom ensuite.... it was always kind of awkward :/ Not that my husband and I are prudes, but we always felt like we were on show.
Our new house however has a sliding door on the ensuite, and it is so MUCH better!

I say Go the door!

#7 galba

Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:04 AM


We had this in our last rental and hated it. DH gets up at 4.30 so hearing the shower going not to mention brushing his teeth (how can he make so much noise?) drove me up the wall.  We eventually compromised with him using the main bathroom with door for his morning ablutions.

We're building a house, it has a door on the en-suite and DH is nearest to the door - bliss!


#8 CurrentlyIncognito

Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:12 AM

If you're not going to use it as your room, then what will happen if your daughter/s have friends over & one of them is showering/toileting.

Personally I can see adult partners not caring, but it could be uncomfortable for children/teenagers.

Edited by CurrentlyIncognito, 15 January 2013 - 12:13 AM.


#9 imamumto3

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:36 AM

that's the modern thing apparently and the one thing that annoys me in my house.  it's actually not a problem though until there is a child sleeping over, then I worry that they are going to follow my kids in to the bedroom and see me naked.   the design of the bathroom has the shower beside the opening so not in view of the bedroom and the toilet is in a separate room with a door

Edited by imamumto3, 15 January 2013 - 08:12 AM.


#10 MegzG

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:42 AM

we don't have a door in our ensuite or walk in robe (new home built 4 years ago) and we have just gotten used to it.
don't need to turn the light on if using the toilet at night as there is plently of light coming thru window (street light) but you also can't chuck everything in the walk in robe to clean up as you can't just shut the door.
it is annoying if we have guests and you want to use the ensuite you have to close the bedroom door or use the other toilet.

#11 Zanbam

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:44 AM

QUOTE (pitzinoodles @ 15/01/2013, 12:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have seen them in new houses, really dislike the idea.

I'm assuming there is a toilet in the bathroom? If not, it's not too bad, but the steam from a shower will still go into the bedroom, usually the bedroom paint is not up for a regular steamimngm  bad for your clothes too!


This.
We bought a house with a huge opening from the master to the ensuite and its a massive pain due to steam (we have a fan) plus because it can't be used if someone is asleep.
I hate it and we are looking at solutions to fix it.

#12 Brrrroooce!

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:46 AM

No no no. Wrong wrong wrong.

Keep the door!

#13 imamumto3

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

QUOTE (Zanbam @ 15/01/2013, 07:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This.
We bought a house with a huge opening from the master to the ensuite and its a massive pain due to steam (we have a fan) plus because it can't be used if someone is asleep.
I hate it and we are looking at solutions to fix it.

speaking to the builder of our house the other day, apparently it's really easy to add a door

#14 FiveAus

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:49 AM

Definitely the door. It doesn't matter how much I love my husband or he loves me, there are things we do in a bathroom that the other doesn't need to be privy to.

#15 katpaws

Posted 15 January 2013 - 06:50 AM

When we renovated DH originally wanted to have no door to the walk in robe which led to the ensuite and have no doors to the wardrobes etc. I said that if there were not going to be doors in robes then we needed a door to the walk in robe from the bedroom so we did not see all the clothes etc - also, how was anyone going to get dressed or use the walk in robe if there wasn't a door there (ie noise and light)? We ended up with a door there. After seeing lots of display homes with doorless ensuites having a door to the ensuite was a priority. Having the two doors there mean that sounds are reduced and peopel can use the two areas without having lights wake people up. The ensuite door is a slider and the door to the walk in robe is a normal door. I am glad DH was willing to "negociate" about the doors! It has worked out well.

#16 LittleListen

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:03 AM

QUOTE (imamumto3 @ 15/01/2013, 07:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
that's the modern thing apparently and the one thing that annoys me in my house.  it's actually not a problem though until their is a child sleeping over, then I worry that they are going to follow my kids in to the bedroom and see me naked.   the design of the bathroom has the shower beside the opening so not in view of the bedroom and the toilet is in a separate room with a door



Yep. I think I was about 12 when I did this and followed the friend in. Copped the mother starkers curling her hair and brushing her teeth.

Super. awkward.

#17 ubermum

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:10 AM

You need a door. Our ensuite has one, but the walk in robe doesn't. It looks so messy. Also, if you don't close the toilet lid every time you flush, particles of your waste fill the air and will make it onto your bed. This is why in your ensuite, you should always put your toothbrush away.

#18 Freddie'sMum

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:21 AM

Yes to the door.

Surely the whole point of an ensuite is to shut the door, keep everybody out and have a lovely bath / shower in private.



#19 Bluenomi

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:44 AM

All ensuites need door. How else to you keep the smells, noise  and steam out of the bedroom?

#20 Zanbam

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:52 AM

QUOTE (imamumto3 @ 15/01/2013, 07:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
speaking to the builder of our house the other day, apparently it's really easy to add a door


I wish - the idiot that built our house (owner builder) build the opening so it is just wider than two standard doors (for whatever reason he decided to steal heaps of space from the bedroom for an ensuite bigger than our main bathroom - he is a plumber so maybe it was homage to his trade). Anyway we are looking at split bifold doors with an extra panel.

The worst thing is there is no option with the room design except for the bed to face the ensuite, I'd much rather it was possible to face the lovely bush view it could have faced if I had a say in the design wink.gif .

#21 blackcat20

Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:56 AM

QUOTE (Bluenomi @ 15/01/2013, 08:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
All ensuites need door. How else to you keep the smells, noise  and steam out of the bedroom?


This! No one needs toilet smells wafting into the bedroom, plus there are some things you dont need to see/hear no matter how much you love your partner.

#22 MrsLexiK

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:28 AM

I don't always shut my door when using my ensuit if I am home alone and we towed with the idea of changing it and having a walkway from the WIR to the ensuit, after speaking to some people about it we choose not, even with an industrial fan they said the steam got to the clothes.  Now if we are talking large large large ensuit (like my SIL) then yes as there is a lot of space and airflow but your standard or just above standard size ensuit then no.

ETA: we have a rule, no smells in the the ensuit!

Edited by MrsLexiK, 15 January 2013 - 09:29 AM.


#23 PrincessPeach

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:37 AM

You need a door - the steam from the bathroom is not good for clothes or bedding.

Look into cavity sliding doors - they don't take up any space in the room itself.

#24 TheGreenSheep

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:41 AM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 15/01/2013, 12:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I personally hate ensuites without doors. And walk in robes. They need doors!


This^^^^^

For us when buying it was a deal breaker.

My sister did the open ensuite and hates it. Unfortunately she though she was so clever in her design that neither the WIR or ensuite has a door and its meant its impossible to close in. Fortunately the loo has a door. When you get out of her shower you are literally on view to anyone walking in the door of her bedroom. Her kids are trained to know if the bedroom door is shut its no entry.

#25 Holidayromp

Posted 15 January 2013 - 09:43 AM

Its a turnoff.  Leave the door there.




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