Remodeling Bathroom in older House

Russ127August 3, 2013

I plan on remodeling a bathroom in our rambler house that has 1 bathroom on the main level, another in lower level walk out.
Bathroom to be remodeled is 10'8" in length and 7'7" wide. Has a double sink vanity, toilet & door to master bedroom on one wall. Shower/tub combination and 60" closet on other long wall. There is also a door to hallway. Question I have: should I consider splitting up the space and making a small powder room and then a small bathroom with a shower for the master bedroom or leave it one larger bathroom? I appreciate any suggestions.

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I think you would need to post a floor plan, but in general it sounds like you have the room.

The standard "template" bath through a good part of the 20th century was 5x7 to about 7x7 depending upon where the door was. So in theory you have the room.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 10:47AM
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If the one main floor bath is used by visitors as well as the master bedroom, then I'd definitely make the split. I really don't like to have guests in the master bath, which seems like a private space to me.

If your visitors (I'm talking about dinner guests, etc) are directed to the lower level bath and don't use the master, then I might prefer to have the bigger master bath without the split.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 4:11PM
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Sophie Wheeler

I think I'd do the split either way. Adding a powder room for visitors or even for family members would add value and functionality to the home. The thing I'd explore though would be looking at the adjacent closets to be able to split the bath into two baths with showers, even if one were small. Having the only full bathroom on the main floor be accessed through the master isn't desirable at all unless there are no other bedrooms on that floor. A well functioning family bathroom accessible from the hall is more valuable than a master bath and secondary bedrooms that have to go downstairs if they want to take a shower.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 2:57PM
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