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Bathroom design has much 'Room for Improvement'

It's the one room we all use, for the one function we don't wanna talk about. Today, our project 'By Design' confronts The Bathroom. From hygiene to ergonomics to waste disposal and water usage, many experts have a bone to pick with bathroom design. We look at what can be done to take our lavatories into the 21st Century.
How well is your bathroom designed? What would you change about it? (Laurent Lavì Lazzeresky, Flickr cc)
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The sink in the central hall of Villa Savoye, built in 1958 and designed by Swiss architects Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. (Timothy Brown, Flickr cc)

Listen to a short clip on what to expect to hear in our full take down on bathroom design:

Examples of the luxurious and glam bathrooms by Sasha Josipovicz, Studio Pyramid Inc.

Bathroom design in most Canadian homes has hardly changed in a hundred years. And despite some noble attempts to re-imagine it.. it's surprisingly difficult for people to accept changes to the way bathrooms are designed.  But many experts say it's time to take our lavatories into the 21st Century. 

Today as part of our series By Design, our producers Shannon Higgins and Kristin Nelson are exploring the the dirty little secret behind the design of one of the most intimate spaces in our homes.

Illustrations of the Alexander Kira Bathroom Design

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      Toronto designer Lloyd Alter explains the principles he used while designing his washroom.

      Toronto designer Lloyd Alter explains the principles he used while designing his washroom. 4:15

      What do you think... should bathrooms be more about functionality or fashion?

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