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3bean3
Powder room vs. full bath on the main level?
3bean3

We are redoing our house and will eventually have two full baths on the second floor and one in the finished basement attached to a small bedroom. The main floor's long and narrow bathroom now has a tub/shower, but it is slated for a redo. We are thinking of turning it into a powder room since we can see no use for a full bath on the main level. We won't have bedrooms on the first floor and there are no mobility issues in our family. However would keeping a full bath enhance resale one day by having a full bath on the first floor? Otherwise we would use the former tub space for a nice hutch or the like.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Full bathrooms are only necessary where there are bedrooms, so if you have better use for the space, turn it into a half bath. You won't affect your resale value by any noticeable amount to have the bathroom in either configuration, make it what you want.

dj1
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dj1

Here is a different view: I think that bathrooms are valuable.

Eliminating a tub/shower now might give you what you want, but I think that selling a home with 3 baths makes it more desirable than a home with 2 baths.

How about a compromise - making it shower only bath.

BTW, you do have a toilet there, don't you?

MLB Construction
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MLB Construction

i'm on spruce's side on this one. if i was looking for a house and it had 3-1/2 bathrooms instead of 4 bathrooms, that would not affect my decision at all........unless i had 7-8 kids.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry
A. Spruce wrote:

Full bathrooms are only necessary where there are bedrooms, so if you have better use for the space, turn it into a half bath. You won't affect your resale value by any noticeable amount to have the bathroom in either configuration, make it what you want.

I'll pick on Spruce today :rolleyes: I think this will noticeably add value to your house as stylish "Powder Rooms" are all the rage right now, and the loss of showering/bathing facilities won't be a loss with the other better ones still extant. How often is that tub/shower used? I'll bet it's rarely if ever, so there's no real point in having it. Make the improvement and add some value, and I'll quit picking on Spruce now (he knows I'm just having fun- I almost always agree with him because he's usually right!)

Phil

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
Mastercarpentry wrote:

I'll pick on Spruce today :rolleyes: I think this will noticeably add value to your house as stylish "Powder Rooms" are all the rage right now, and the loss of showering/bathing facilities won't be a loss with the other better ones still extant. How often is that tub/shower used? I'll bet it's rarely if ever, so there's no real point in having it. Make the improvement and add some value, and I'll quit picking on Spruce now (he knows I'm just having fun- I almost always agree with him because he's usually right!)

Phil

Don't look now, but you're agreeing with me here too! :p Your contradiction is that value is added with styling upgrades. You agree that it is not whether it's a half or full bath.

So long as no silicone is used the OP can do whatever they like . . . :p:cool:

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Darn, I forgot to tell them about the Joy of Silicone. Maybe next time!

Phil

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Definitely make it a powder room. In all the remodels I have done, it's always been a powder room on the main level. Buyers generally expect that and might find it odd to have a full bath on the main level where there are no bedrooms. Plus, you will have 3 other full baths in the house and you mentioned the main floor bath is long and narrow, so by making it a half bath, you'll increase space. Take the bathtub that's currently in there and move it to another bathroom.

aloon15
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aloon15

I'm adding a shower to the powder room on my main floor. All the bedrooms are upstairs.

There have been several times when I have really wanted a shower on the main floor - recovering from injury or surgery, elderly parent 2-week visit and not able to manage the stairs, or just my kid coming home with sandy feet from beach camp.

ed21
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ed21
aloon15 wrote:

I'm adding a shower to the powder room on my main floor. All the bedrooms are upstairs.

There have been several times when I have really wanted a shower on the main floor - recovering from injury or surgery, elderly parent 2-week visit and not able to manage the stairs, or just my kid coming home with sandy feet from beach camp.

You never know when mobility issues might come up. Been there, doing it.

dj1
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dj1
aloon15 wrote:

I'm adding a shower to the powder room on my main floor. All the bedrooms are upstairs.

There have been several times when I have really wanted a shower on the main floor - recovering from injury or surgery, elderly parent 2-week visit and not able to manage the stairs, or just my kid coming home with sandy feet from beach camp.

For all of you who supported a powder room w/o a shower or a bathtub:

Here is an example of a person who finds a shower on the main floor an essential item.

Not only for resale value, but also because of necessity. Eliminating the shower in the powder room is a mistake.

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