Value of half bath? Too close to kitchen, but only one on 1stFlr
I spent a lot of time over on the bath forum when we were doing our bathroom remodel. (I love you gardenweb!) This is my first post here on the kitchen boards.
We are restoring an 1890 Victorian house. We currently have two full baths (second and third floor). And a half-bath located in an addition off of the kitchen.
There are a couple of issues with the half bath. I think it's too close to the kitchen. And, it looks bad (obviously). The addition itself is a poor design: a box, but with one corner cut on an angle (our previous owner was creative) and then he took it one step further and boxed in a corner of it to add a (very small) bathroom.
Showing you a photo just makes it look all the more hideous, since the room is orange (courtesy of crazy p.o.) and we had just moved in, so there is a pile of stuff instead of a nicely arranged room. Obviously, there is nothing good about this look, but I also know that if we kept it, it would not look so bad once we were done with the room. Paint and furniture will make a huge difference.
The green wall is where the kitchen area begins. We want to make the two spaces feel like they belong together. We're still undecided about the end design of everything. We aren't going to extend the kitchen into the orange area, but we do want to make it feel coherent.
There is no other place to put a bath on the first floor. So my question is: is a half-bath in a location you dislike, worth more than the aesthetic value of not having it?
I do know that an extra bathroom, especially on the first floor is invaluable to families. We don't have children, or elderly parents so it's not an issue for us. But at the same time, we won't live here forever, and we want to make choices that suit us, but also add value to the house.
I appreciate any insight you can give me. I can argue both sides of this so well, that I don't even know how I feel about it anymore. My husband is tired of listening to me waffle on the topic. That seems to be what I am best at when it comes to renovation: Uncertainty, indecision, endless research.
Update: Drawing of kitchen and addition.
That's just the current kitchen layout, not at all a final design.
Here is a link that might be useful: Squaring the addition would require removing massive patio.
This post was edited by VictoriaElizabeth on Wed, Mar 20, 13 at 14:37