As part of our renovation planning we've been busy drawing up plans for new bathroom, shower-rooms and WCs. One thing that strikes us is how the French love to put their loo in a little room all on its own. We keep drawing our bathroom and shower rooms with a loo included in the same room and every time we get our plans back it has been moved out and given a little room all of its own.
I am now considering the reasons of having a room for the loo:
a. In France, the loo is sacred such that it deserves it's own room?
b. French people like to sit in a small confined space and stare at a door (possibly wallpapered) to do their business?
c. French people don't like to look at the loo when in the bath/shower?
d. can you think of any others? Am I missing something?
Personally I'd rather have a more spacious room and include the loo in that room but is this terribly British?
If it hasn't been given it's own room, then it is stuck behind a random partition wall - I don't get this at all, it's not like anyone else is in the same room when you use the loo...(except for the kids of course but they don't count) so why does it need to be hidden away. There are some stylish discrete and unoffensive looking toilets out there so why must they be locked in a cupboard?
Mind you, I should mention that the current house does actually have a loo in a cupboard built into the walls between 2 bedrooms (which was an improvement on the loo which used to be outside on the balcony) so maybe the architects look at that and think oh well it's an improvement bringing the loo into the 19th century at least!
What do you think? Do you like your loo in a room or do you like to have room for the loo in your bathroom?