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Course Outlines

INTR 3000 Residential Studio - Bath and Private Spaces

School School of Construction and the Environment
Program Interior Design
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date January 07, 2021
End Date March 25, 2021
Total Hours 36
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Lecture/Lab
Pre-requisites 65% in ALL INTD Certificate Courses and 70% in COMM 1120
CRN 83153

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Sara Patterson
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location n/a
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

This studio course focuses on the advanced development of residential bathrooms and private spaces through lectures, research and field trips as well as individual and/or group assignments. Students will explore the historical evolution of bathrooms, dressing rooms, custom closets, exercise areas and home spas. Building on the design process established in previous residential studio courses, students will conceptualize, analyse and plan functional design solutions based on a detailed client needs survey, NKBA design and construction standards and sustainable design criteria. Students will implement the principles of universal and barrier-free design. Connections with local plumbing fixture suppliers will be established through guest lectures and/or field trips. Students will create working drawings and specifications aligning with NKBA documentation standards, and will present their design solutions through formal presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply design theory principles into the development of creative bath and private spaces for residential environments.
  • Describe the history and trends of residential bathrooms and private spaces.
  • Discuss how cultural considerations impact bathroom design.
  • Evaluate client needs and prepare a program based on a client survey.
  • Design bathrooms and auxiliary private spaces according to NKBA design guidelines.
  • Describe components of universal design, accessibility, anthropometrics and proxemics as it applies to residential bathrooms and private spaces.
  • Discuss the 7 principles as defined by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design.
  • Develop design solutions which incorporate current building codes.
  • Coordinate design solutions with architectural elements such as walls, doors and windows as well as electrical and mechanical conditions.
  • Implement sustainable and healthy building practices as well as energy and water efficiency policies.
  • Contrast and compare different plumbing fixtures and the suitability of implementation into a design project.
  • Apply creative lighting effects and select appropriate luminaires for a residential bath project.
  • Generate a set of construction drawings and specifications using NKBA presentation and construction document guidelines.
  • Justify design solutions through written and verbal communication.

Learning Resources

  • Required Text:

Bath Planning, Guidelines; Codes and Standards, Parrot, Kathleen, et al., National Kitchen and Bath Association, ISBN – 978-1-11836248-8 (NKBA PRL library)

Human Dimension for Interior Space, Julius Panero, The Architectural Press, ISBN – 0-8230- 7271-1

Residential Interior Design; A Guide to Planning Spaces, Maureen Mitton & Courtney Nystuen, John Wiley & Sons Inc., ISBN – 978-0-470-58473-6

·Recommended Text:

Canadian House and Home, Style at Home, Dwell etc. (magazines)

·Required Materials:
  1. 8.5” x 11” sketchbook, min 100 pages - ( on line course - make single PDF of whole sketchbook)
  2. 25’ (or greater) metal tape measure
  3. Imperial scale
  4. Plumbing Template at ¼” scale
  5. Roll of trace paper – 18” wide minimum
  6. Highlighters (four colours minimum)
  7. Fine, medium, and wide permanent felt markers
  8. Rendering markers and Prisma colour pencils
  9. Exacto Knife , metal ruler and cutting mat
  10. Mat board – size, quantity and colour TBC
  11. 2” ring Binder - (not required for online course - single PDF document to be submitted)
  12. 8.5 x 11 duo tang folder to hand assignments in (not requred for online course - single PDF document to be submitted)

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Assignment 110
Assignment 25
Assignment 35
Assignment 4A10
Assignment 4B10
Assignment 4C5
Assignment 4D5
Assignment 510
Final Exam20

Course Schedule and Assignments


Lecture date



Week 1

Jan 7 2021

Introduction & Course Outline

Lecture: History & Trends of Residential Bathrooms and private spaces

Class discussion


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 1-42


  • Assignment 1 – Research History of Fixtures/Design Trend (10%)
  • Sketchbook Assignment 1

Week 2

Jan 14 2021

Lecture: Infrastructure Affecting Bathroom Design

In Class Lab: Infrastructure


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 43-64


  • Sketchbook Assignment 2

Week 3

Jan 21 2021

Lecture: Environment & Sustainability Considerations for Bathroom and Private Spaces

In Class Discussion

Student team Present Research Assignment 1


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 65-90


  • Assignment 2 – Indoor Air Quality (5%)
  • Sketchbook Assignment 3

Due: Assignment 1 – Research History of Fixture/ Design Trend

Week 4

Jan 28 2021

Lecture: Assessing the Clients Needs for Bathroom and Private areas

In Class Lab: Programming

Student team Present Research Assignment 1


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 111-144


  • Assignment 3 – Assessing Client’s Needs (5%)
  • Sketchbook Assignment 5

Due: Assignment 2 – Indoor Air Quality

Week 5

Feb 4 2021

Lecture: NKBA Bathroom Planning Guidelines

In Class Lab: Bathroom Planning

Student team Present Research Assignment 1


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 145-201


  • Assignment 4A – Bathroom Planning (10%)
  • Sketchbook Assignment 6

Due: Assignment 3 – Assessing Client’s needs

Week 6

Feb 11 2021

Lecture: Planning Mechanical & Electrical for bathrooms & Private Spaces

In Class Critiques: Assignment 4A


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 202--234


  • Assignment 4B – Bathroom Mechanical Planning (10%)
  • Sketchbook Assignment 7

Week 7

Feb 18 2021

Lecture: Human Factors & Universal Design for Bathrooms & Private Spaces

In Class Lab: Universal Design

In Class Critiques: Assignment 4B Mechanical


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 91-110


  • Sketchbook Assignment 4

Due: Assignment 4A – Bathroom Planning

Week 8

Feb 25 2021

Lecture: Accessibility for Bathroom & Private Spaces

In Class Lab: Accessibility group Assignment 4C


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 235-301


  • Assignment 4C Bathroom Planning Accessibility (5%) Group
  • Sketchbook Assignment 8

Due: Assignment 4B – Bathroom Planning Mechanical


Lecture date



Week 9

Mar 4

Lecture: Auxiliary Private Spaces


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 303-347


  • Assignment 4D Bathroom & Auxiliary Spaces (5%)
  • Sketchbook Assignment 9

Due: Assignment 4C –Bathroom Planning Accessibility

Week 10

Mar 11 2021

Lecture: design Process NKBA

In Class Critiques: 4D Bathroom & Auxiliary Areas


  • Bath Planning Guidelines pp 349-379


  • Assignment 5 – Finishes - Bathroom & Auxiliary Spaces (10%)
  • Sketchbook Assignment 10

Week 11

Mar 18 2021

Final Exam (20%)

In Class Critiques: Assignment 5 – finishes

Due: Assignment 4D –Bathroom & Auxiliary Spaces

Week 12

Mar 25 2021

5 min Presentation of final design

Due: Assignment 5 –Finishes - Bathroom & Auxiliary Spaces

Due: Final Sketchbook – All Assignments & specifications (20%)

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Construction and the Environment

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Sara Patterson, Instructor
January 06, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Taurra Boucher, Program Head
January 07, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Michael Currie, Associate Dean
January 08, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.