What is a WC
Question: I have noticed that some real estate advertisements mention a “WC” in the master suite. What is a toilet and how is it different from a standard bathroom?
A: Toilets are increasingly popular in American homes, but many still don’t know what the term means. According to the Mirriam Webster dictionary, a toilet is technically “a compartment or room with a toilet”. In the UK, however, the term ‘water closet’ refers to the toilets themselves, which creates some confusion. Mystifying the matter even more is the fact that the term has a whole new definition when it comes to modern real estate. Here we will explore the history of the toilet and explain how the term is used today.
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The toilets date from the 1800s.
Prior to the 19th century in America, only the wealthy had toilets inside their homes, with the majority of the population relieving themselves in outhouses or outside. The houses may still have “bathrooms”, but these spaces were intended for swimming and did not have a toilet. In 1890, it became more common to have toilets inside the house, in rooms called toilets. It wasn’t until the 20th century that it became common for home builders and designers to merge bathrooms and toilets into the same space.
What is a toilet in modern times?
While in terms of saving space, it may have been beneficial to put the tubs and toilets in the same room, it inevitably meant less privacy. This is why modern designers have reintroduced the idea of separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom.
In modern real estate jargon, the term “water closet” has received a whole new definition. Today, the term largely refers to a small, closed room containing a toilet located in a larger bathroom. This space may or may not also have a small sink for dishes. These rooms usually have pocket sliding doors as a space saving mechanism.
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The toilet adds privacy to a shared bathroom.
The main advantage of a toilet is privacy. They are most often found in master suites and other shared bathrooms where they allow residents to use the toilet in privacy while someone else brushes their teeth, takes a shower or dries their hair. .
The other significant advantage of toilets is hygiene. By housing the toilet in an enclosed space, they prevent particles and germs from spreading when flushing the toilet. In addition to these practical advantages, the toilet also serves to hide the toilet, making the rest of the space more aesthetic.
These factors have led the toilet to become one of the most desirable features in a master bathroom, according to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Not all bathrooms have enough space for a toilet.
Although this style of bathroom is popular in parts of Europe and Asia, in the United States it is still largely relegated to new luxury homes. One of the main reasons homeowners don’t add a toilet to their master bathroom is lack of space. More building codes dictate that a toilet should have a minimum space of 30 by 60 inches, although they recommend 36 by 66 inches for a more comfortable user experience.
Instead of creating a fully enclosed toilet, some designers may opt for a space-saving variant like a partition or half-wall. These designs provide a certain level of extra privacy but don’t require as much space as a fully enclosed room.
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