|Back-to-back bathroom plumbing: It's fine if you can do it;|
otherwise, forget it.
Architecture and planning have their own truisms—"building myths", if you will. While they lack the high drama of exploding poodles, they’re equally nonsensical. Here are a handful that spring to mind:
|A kitchen design with the wall ovens next to the|
refrigerator: If your appliances don't mind,
why should you?
• “Bathrooms should be designed back-to-back to save plumbing costs.” This truism no doubt has its roots in commercial construction, where identical bathroom groups are endlessly repeated, and back-to-back planning can in fact yield real savings. While it may save a little money in residential design, too—to the tune of a few hundred dollars—it’s simply not worth straightjacketing a floor plan for such a trivial saving. The frequent corollary of this argument, "All the plumbing bathroom plumbing should be located in one wall," is equally invalid for the same reasons. There's no need to line up fixtures on one wall if some other arrangement works better.
• “When laying out a kitchen, don’t put the oven next to the refrigerator.”
Some copy-starved home magazine probably engendered this planning myth. Ovens make heat, the reasoning goes, and refrigerators make cold—put the two together and all thermodynamic heck will break loose. As kitchen design problems go, however, this one is a non-starter. Refrigerators generate plenty of heat on their own—that’s how they cool the food inside—so a little more heat from baking a meat loaf now and then won’t make any difference. Given a lack of other options, placing these two appliances side by side will work just fine. Same goes for refrigerators and dishwashers.
|Second story additions: Not nearly as simple as they look.|
(Image courtesy of ctabuilds.com)
If there’s nowhere else to go but up, a second story addition is the ticket; otherwise, look into other options first.
|Worn-looking roof shingles: They may be ugly,|
but that doesn't mean they're going to leak.
• “If your roof looks worn, it’s time for replacement.” Rubbish. I’ve railed against this misconception for years, but I’ll repeat myself one more time: If a roof doesn’t leak, it doesn’t need replacement. The way it looks is no basis for judging its watertightness. If your roof is so ugly you can’t stand the sight of it, that’s another matter. But don’t confuse appearance with performance.