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AnotherRowhouse
I can only access the Deck through a bathroom! Create a hallway to Deck?

Hi All,

My 2nd floor has a funky layout where you have to walk through a guest room to use the main bathroom, and have to walk through the bathroom to access the deck. This makes the guestroom more like an office and I find myself rarely ever using the nice deck. Imagine bringing food in and out of the bathroom going to/from the deck, or walking in on someone using the bathroom when exiting the deck.

I am considering putting up a wall in the bathroom to create a hallway to the deck, but doing so would obviously eat up the bathroom space, which might be a resale “no no”. The 7 ft of walking clearance would be shortened to 4 ft, with a 3 ft wide hall to the deck. I am also considering screening in the deck to extend the feel of livable space, but would never do so having the bathroom as the entrance.

The bathroom is old and needs to be redone anyway, so I have the opportunity to add the hall and fix up the smaller bathroom. Or I continue to fix up the larger bathroom and give up on the Deck issue. I personally want to create the separate walkway to the Deck but I don’t want to be kicking myself for this decision down the road. I keep going back and forth on Resale effects of this. In Baltimore City, Decks are common, large bathrooms are not, but both are considered to be highly appealing…..

Should I choose Large bathroom with barely usable deck, or smaller bathroom with nice outside deck feature?!?!

Advice and opinions are much appreciated!!!!

dj1
Re: I can only access the Deck through a bathroom! Create a hallway to Deck?

Any "bedroom" which is used to access another part of the house - is not a bedroom. If you want your bedroom (guest room or any other name you choose), you need the hallway to access the deck.

My solution: build a thin wall (use 2x3s), as a divider only, and if you want to sell, advise the buyer that this wall can be easily removed.

This way you have your cake and eat it too.

ed21
Re: I can only access the Deck through a bathroom! Create a hallway to Deck?

Without seeing a plan a few things come to mind.
Add another door to the deck that doesn't go through the bathroom.
Rearrainge/reorient the the bathroom so a shorter wall is against the deck that allows better access to the deck.
Most bathrooms don't have the room to take out 3' or more for a corridor.
An architect or designer should be able to give you a few options.

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