The Number of Bathrooms You Actually Need in Your New Home Might Just Surprise You

By | March 2, 2017

A lot of older houses only have one or two bathrooms within a 2 story house.  You may find that, while you’re looking for houses to move to, you’re searching for a home with multiple bathrooms.  After all, they’re convenient and useful when they are placed strategically around the house. You must make sure that you choose the right house for your needs.  Here is how many bathrooms you should have compared to the number of residents in your home.

Bathrooms per bedroom

A decent ratio of bathrooms is one per bedroom.  This just ensures that with each resident, you’ll be providing a comfortable chance for them to make their own personalized space.  If you have two children, you could easily have them share a bathroom with two sinks; a design where the bathroom is between the two bedrooms is an excellent choice.  Make sure you leave room for mirrors and storage.  If a bathroom is being shared, you may want to consider a standing shower, as it will be used more frequently.

Powder rooms

These are for your guests, and must be scattered throughout the areas of the house where you will be entertaining.  First floors should have one, with just a sink and a toilet, so your guests don’t have to go all the way upstairs. There should also be one in a finished basement, although you can choose to put a shower down here, as well, if you can ensure the humidity is controlled and won’t create mildew.

Master baths 

When you have a master bedroom that requires an adjoined master bathroom, it can be a good idea to have a separate room for toilets and sinks.  This is so when you’re relaxing in your tub or spa, you won’t have to be directly next to the toilet.  Consider a large enough bathroom that will house both a tub and a shower; your tub will be much cleaner whenever you decide to take a bath, and you won’t be sitting in the bacteria that coats your shower floor.  Ideally, you should be putting a door between the toilet and the bath. 

Why do bathrooms cost so much? Well, a few of the reasons are that:

  • Bringing and removing water from up to four different fixtures, ie plumbing rough-ins
  • Obtaining and installing plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures, sinks, and cabinetry – the cost will depend on taste, finish, and features
  • A water-rated flooring, such as tile, costs a lot more per square foot than carpeting does.

A great way to save costs is by maximizing the day-to-day use of a bathroom (and eliminating the need for a separate bath or powder room). If your guest suite is designed for short-term guests, consider converting the attached bathroom into a Jack and Jill or Buddy bath.

2 thoughts on “The Number of Bathrooms You Actually Need in Your New Home Might Just Surprise You

  1. Elaine

    One of my favorite things to do is dream about what I would want my perfect bathroom to be (which will likely never happen). I would want a huge bathroom, with a fireplace (wood burning), and a flat screen. Along with the best shower and whirlpool available. There is nothing better than a beautiful bathroom.

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  2. Rick

    I think the more bathrooms the better. If I were looking at a house, I would definitely want to buy one that has more bathrooms than I would need at that current moment, because you never know. You can’t ever have too many bathrooms.

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