Skip to comments.Room with a view: Bathroom privacy losing priority
Posted on 04/21/2006 9:28:24 PM PDT by xjcsa
The old song lyrics I need a place to hide away traditionally have applied to the bathroom in conventional culture.
It was the one comfort zone in which to be alone.
Dont count on it.
The New York Times says attitudes about privacy are changing, and cutting-edge bathrooms have translucent glass or acrylic walls that make the interior visible from other rooms.
Joel Sanders, an architect and professor of architecture at Yale, has designed several see-through bathrooms. The shame about the body is not a factor for many clients, he told the Times. Ideas about privacy are more relaxed.
Some homeowners want no walls. One family put portholes in the door. Another used a blue glass through which only shadowy figures are visible.
The arrangement can be a problem for guests. The answer is two bathrooms or short visits.
In there my sphincter would never relax.
Pass a comic book, please.
"Honey...are you reading in there?"
"Honey...can I get something from the cabinet in there?"
"Honey...will you be long?"
"Honey...can I just brush my teeth?"
...and yes...we have more than one bathroom. The fun never stops.
I don't care for these new bathroom ideas. Some have no doors.
Somehow this has been always "cuting edge" but never catches on.
Too bad some artsy fartsy types can't be forced to live in NORMAL environments in order to see what real people like, want, and are willing to pay for.
Seems only some kind of freakshow would want this manure.
And yet they don't want the FBI seeing what they check out of the library...
This has been the trend for master bedrooms for a long time. I truly don't think guest bathrooms have no doors or are see through...that's just ridiculous. When we designed our master bedroom suite the bathroom was an extension of it, so why have doors? Besides, I love looking at my husband! :)
Who would know better than the New York Times?
Guess they don't mind the smell...
You really like looking at your husband taking a dump? I don't think anybody, man or child, is gorgeous enough that I'd actually love watching or hearing them defecate. And I don't want anybody to watch me moving my bowels or performing certain female functions in the bathroom. Yuck.
Just another way to remove all boundaries......
I have a fairly standard reply when I read things like this. It's two words:
I remember a few years ago there were some "trendy" restaurants that had see through bathroom walls and doors.
At a restaurant.
You know who designed that?
This is DISGUSTING!! Joel Sanders must have been raised by WOLVES! What a sicko!! Obviously Low Class White Trash parents.
What part of the country do you live where there is an open TOILET to the Master Bedroom??? YIKES.
I've seen this in hotels. Not clear but the use of glass block or various translucent materials for the bathrooms in guest suits. It's a bit distressing at first but I'm not fond of those places which use only clear glass and walls of mirror in the bathrooms either. There's nothing like catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thinking someone's in the bathroom with you!
New York Times interviewing an architect at Yale about bathroom design? That's a recipe for a freakshow if I ever saw one.
I've toured several model homes in Southern CA where there are no doors between the Master bedroom and the Master bath suite, just an archway.
There are some bodily functions that should not be viewed by anyone else.
That's lookin' awful soapy!
LOL!! I agree. I wish I had one more bathroom with no windows and another door that locks. One should say "women only". LOL!
I painted a bed/bath for a couple of gays in Ohio- no door to the bath but a roll-down steel fire door between the bedroom and the rest of the house.
But that does not make it a good thing. I would like larger yard space separating me from my neighbors, so don't be telling me that I have less privacy in the bathroom.
Thank you. This made me laugh out loud. When we were children and would do something really stupid or crass, my mother would say the same: "Were you raised by WOLVES?!" in exactly that tone of voice.
You mean women actually move bowels?
I've seen the same thing, but the commode is usually in a separate room with a door. At least it is in new homes here in Sacramento. I guess we're still old-fashioned enough to not inflict our bodily functions on others.
I took the area in my new house designed for a large "walk around" master bathroom and designed two, matching "his" and "her" bathrooms with pocket doors from each to a separate whirlpool tub room. Everyones happy.
There are some bodily functions that should not be
viewed smelled by anyone else.
You know, I was about to pass this on, er... pass this one up, but I just couldn't let it go without comment. If this isn't the best example I've seen in a while of what we old timers used to call "Fashion Law" I like to hear it.
Imagine. Some clown writes about this totally non-existant "trend" as though it was all a done deal, and, well, just get used to it.
This is plain ridiculous, and presumes so much upon the reader and reveals so much about the writer's stupidity that it sounds like something from the 13th century.
If you're thinking of buying stock in translucent bathroom materials, stick with gypsum drywall and stink pipes, 'cause they are going to be around for a long time yet to come.
Yes, but when we do the product is peach-pink, fluffy, and smells like a hybrid tea rose. And we don't make gross noises, either.
I am NOT talking about open bathrooms....I am talking about open and exposed TOILETS....HUGE difference. This article is about exposed TOILETS!!!
Well, the toilet wasn't in full view from the main bedroom it was in a separate area OUT of view...but no door, actually, it had a door, but I had French doors...so it might as well have had no doors. Any there really couples who care if their spouses see them on the toilet?
High end homes often have bathroom suites off the master with no doors between. However, most feature private doored toilets, but leave the sink and bathing features open. I think most of the freepers on this thread are imagining that the toilets are also open to bedroom view, which would be unusual.
Every 14-year-old boy who reads this is going to panic.
Well, of course not...
We have a blasted window (46"x46") right over the bathtub ... grrr ... we have it covered in window fog stuff, a bamboo shade and a black curtain.
I don't want bathroom privacy because I'm ashamed of my body any more than I want financial privacy because I'm ashamed of my bank balance. It's simply noone's business but mine. Why are people unable to grasp this concept?
No, but they have other secret, women-only functions, usually including incantations and hosiery, that we would never understand, even if a woman broke her oath and tried to explain them to us.
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