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  • Refurbish/Develop

    Bathroom Configuration for Family Market

    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?

    Many thanks

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    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?

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    Hi
    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Yep - Kiwi ex Auckland. And you?
    Cheers - Paul
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    Ex Welly ... more specifcally the Valley.

    Been here a very long time (half our lives) and we are now begining to consider our future..

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    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 Sad

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    If its a young family, they will want young kids sleeping on same floor as them. I think you need to think about whether upstairs or downstairs bedrooms will be marketed as the main ones & put bath on same floor.
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    You have to have a bath in a family house. 

    As it is, your target market won’t be families with small kids, because they will want to sleep on the same level as the kids, it could work for families with older kids who can easily share a bathroom.

    But a bath really is a must, not just for the kids but mum and dad like to hide away and soak themselves sometimes.
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    As an aside, toilets without a sink in the same room are considered absolutely disgusting by a lot of families because of the hygiene issues over touching the door handle.
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    Yep - all toilets would have a sink - as small as they may be!

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