bathroom bumpout or leave it cramped
My upstairs hall bath is 5x7, with an end door, circa 1963 so it is definitely overdue for an update. My options are to keep the cramped layout, or bump out two feet or so. There's no way to borrow space from other rooms. We have yet to begin this bathroom, and I have to redo the old wood siding and sheathing on the outside wall first.
Right now, it is my kid's bathroom, the guest bath for elderly guests, and the only tub in the house. My kid is getting close to college. But we might sell in a year or two, and the market for this house is young couples with small kids. But not too tall, due to unfortunate soffits downstairs. If it was just me, I would optimize for bathtub soaks with candles and music. I like the Trajet Bimini (theoretically), which is shorter 48 inches allowing a bench at the end, and deeper, 21 inches, but not so deep as to be impossible to wash kids or slide into.
The wet wall currently has 24 inches for the vanity, 30 for the toilet and 30 for the tub. The toilet is offset towards the vanity to allow better access to the tub, but that will not be code, because it wants 15 inches on each side of the center of the bowl. The vanity and toilet are already cramped, and the tub wants to grow from 30 wide to 32 wide, for generous hips.
So it looks like a twenty inch bumpout cantilever would allow a bigger vanity, more toilet room, and just breathing space. It would leave the tub on top of the lower wall, which ought to support it. There is a window under the foot of the tub. I just hope we don't wake up the sleeping up-to-code inspector bear, and end up paying for a hundred other updates.
So option A) A bumpout is worth while, build a bathroom I can use, and risk losing money on resale,
option B)just update the cramped layout and hope to move that much sooner.
Any advice? Thanks for helping me with this decision!