At Planese we know that Jack and Jill bathroom designs may seem unusual and old-fashioned to many modern homeowners in the 21st century, but these types of bathrooms were a staple of home design for a very long time and actually are a very useful idea.
A Jack and Jill bathroom refers to a bathroom that has two entrances leading to different rooms, usually bedrooms. This was done so that effectively you could have two ensuite rooms without the need for building a second bathroom. Usually the tub would be in the center of a bathroom that also had a toilet and often had a wash basin on one or both sides. The name of the design comes from the early use of the bathrooms when they were situated between the bedrooms of two children – usually a boy and a girl.
Jack and Jill bathroom designs are most commonly found in homes built during the 1950s, and many people probably remember this type of bathrooms featuring in many movies and TV shows of the time, such as The Brady Bunch!
Nostalgia aside, a shared bathroom was a very effective use of space and provided extra privacy when installed between two bedrooms. The downside of course was that you would have to make sure both doors were locked when you were using the bathroom, and some designs even made it so that you could see through the shower into the other bedroom!
But why aren’t Jack and Jill bathrooms included in houses today?
With modern home remodeling trends leaning towards a more luxurious, high-end feel, Jack and Jill bathrooms fell out of fashion as many homeowners want separate, private bathroom additions for individual bedrooms. You can, however, still find Jack and Jill bathrooms included as part of a design to connect two children’s bedrooms in modern homes.
So, although Jack and Jill bathroom designs may feel old-fashioned, they can actually be a practical way to save space, add privacy and spare you the expense of building a bathroom addition.
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