Hack the Brady Bunch TV Show for Kids Bathrooms

That ‘60s show “The Brady Bunch” featured an architectural design that growing families can use today.

Mr. Brady was an architect before he married his second Mrs., combining two families with a total of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls.

Mornings in the Brady Bunch household were likely much like those in most family homes—hectic. Except for the fact that the family enjoyed the services of Alice who prepared the meals and more, the Brady kids fought over who got the bathroom first, next and last.

The TV household featured a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, a bathroom between two bedrooms with access from each bedroom.

The benefit of a Jack-and-Jill bath is that it two or more kids can use it at the same time and still enjoy privacy. With locks on the doors to each bedroom, the bathroom can also be used by one person at a time.

Often a Jack-and-Jill bathrooms feature a vanity sink in the area between the two doors. Another interior bathroom door accesses the toilet and a third accesses the tub/shower area allowing up to four children to brush their teeth, shower, and use the toilet at once. Pre-pubescent teens and their older siblings want privacy and the Jack-and-Jill design provides that.

It also offers cost savings. A traditional bathroom includes at minimum a sink, toilet and shower. The Jack-and-Jill pulls it all together with fewer fixtures.

Put a new twist on your Jack-and Jill layout by adding plenty of storage for towels and sundries. Today’s teenagers—girls and boys—have a lot more personal hygiene products than did kids from decades ago. And storage options are greater too. Vanity drawers come outfitted with storage divider sections or you can get exactly what you need from the Container Store.

If you’ve got the budget, you can find kid-height bathroom toilets, pedestal sinks and even short claw foot tubs.

Your Park Property Realty pro can help you find the home with exactly the number of bathrooms for your growing family.