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Would love some advice. I'm working on a 3-bed bungalow which I'm converting to a 4-bed. Two bedrooms on the ground floor and two upstairs. There is a small bathroom, with shub (very small bath with shower over) downstairs but upstairs is a stand-alone toilet off the landing with an en-suite bathroom (full size bath and basin but no toilet) off the master bedroom.
Question is, for the family market do I convert the upstairs facilities to two shower rooms, each with their own toilet (one would be en-suite) - or do I retain just one upstairs en-suite bathroom with full-size bath and a shared separate toilet? Meaning upstairs bedroom 2 has to go downstairs for a shower/bath - or traipse through the master room to use the en-suite of course? The shub is big enough to bathe babies and small kids. Do families want/need a full-size bath these days - or is flexibility more important?
Without having more information on the location, the size and the value of the property it is difficult to give specific advice but in general a family home in the UK will need at least one full sized bath (buyers will expect this).
Ideally the full-sized bath should be in a “main” or shared bathroom not in an Ensuite Bathroom (assuming there is only one full-sized bath in the property).
Also, this main bathroom should ideally be upstairs (or close to/associated with the bedrooms).
As your property is a bungalow this does change things a little as the bedrooms are spread between the ground and first floors.
If I was designing a property with two bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms downstairs, I would make the two bedrooms upstairs Ensuite shower rooms and have the main bathroom with a full-sized bath on the ground floor.
The modern ratio of bathrooms to bedrooms in the UK is (slowly) moving towards the US model so for a 4 bedroom property you should be aiming for at least two and a half bathrooms and preferably three but as above this will depend entirely on your target market/value/location (i.e. an Executive house in Greater London/the South East would need/expect a higher ratio than a starter house in the North West - both are for families but at different ends of the market).
Your User name suggests you are Ex NZ?
Ex Welly ... more specifcally the Valley.
Been here a very long time (half our lives) and we are now begining to consider our future..
Yep - I know the feeling. We've been here for around 15 years, but a return is ever more in my mind these days. The wife, less so unfortunately
Yep - all toilets would have a sink - as small as they may be!