Friday, May 16, 2014

Fan location in the Master Bath - Tip from a Ryan Home friend!

I feel like this deserves a post of its own. It's a big deal to me, so I'm guessing it may be a big deal to others as well!

A friend of ours built a Ryan Home about 6 months ago and one of the things he really hates about the house is where they put the fan in the master bath. In the Palermo, and many other models, the closet is located by walking through the master bath and the toilet has a little room of its own in the bathroom.

Well apparently, they tend to put the fan in the little room above the toilet, which really doesn't make sense since all the steam is in the room with the shower. So our friend said every time he takes a shower he has to always make sure the toilet room door is open and closet door is closed. It's just annoying so we spoke to a SR about it and he said that the PM should be able to move that fan into the main area of the bathroom or at least offer you the option to add a second fan in the bathroom.

This may not be a problem in every community but the SR we talked to from our friend's community said he's gotten a few complaints about it so I felt it was worth mentioning. It's something small that you wouldn't even think about, but  it would be really annoying to live with every day.


So after a comment from another Palermo building (Thanks Erin!), and through our final changes meeting I got some clarification on this.

Apparently, there has to be a fan above the toilet because of code. Since there is a door closing in that room they are required to have some type of ventilation.

We are getting two fans automatically because of the layout of our bathroom. The upgraded shower bathrooms get a fan above the toilet AND in the main area of the bathroom (I guess because the bigger shower makes more steam?). The other layouts, with the tub and shower, only get one above the toilet. You can ask to get a second fan but make sure you have your SR talk to someone about this before your final changes meeting because it would be a custom change so they need to get a price to add into your final selections list. 


  1. We asked about the same thing! Unfortunately, we couldn't just move the fan into the main bath area. In NY at least, the water closet is considered a separate room because of the door, and therefore needs its own ventilation. The window in the main bath satisfies the ventilation req, but I am not sure how they expect people to open that each time they shower! We ended up moving the nice big fan that is included into the main bath, and then adding a cheap one for the WC through our electrician.

    1. Thank you! Good to know! Did you have to tell your SR this before your final choices were due?

    2. Yes - for us, it fell under the electrical "umbrella".