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Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

Posted by alisonn (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 20, 11 at 8:48

We just bought an 1100 sq. foot, 2 bedroom house with two attached, one-car garages, one on each side of the house. The main bath is between the two existing bedrooms, the 1/2 bath is close to the garage that we will eventually convert into a master bedroom, bringing the total square footage of the house to about 1500 sq. ft. It is one of the smallest houses in the neighborhood. Adding a shower to the 1/2 bath is an option, but we're not sure we want to spend the money. Will it make a huge difference for resale to have 2 full baths vs. 1 1/2 baths in this type of property when it comes time to sell?


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

If you are going to convert the garage into a bedroom, then then you almost have to expand that bathroom. People will expect to have a complete bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

i think its a good idea to expand to a full 2 baths. however I don't know what is "expected"
there are plenty of houses in my area with 1.5 baths or even 1 bath total. its not ideal, but its there.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

How many baths in similar sized competing houses?


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

Yes, it will make a huge difference for resale, especially if the bath is next to the master bedroom. If it's possible to do it you should.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

This depends entirely on the standard for your area. 20 years ago, 1.75 (shower only in 2nd bathroom) was standard in our area. Now everything is 2. I can tell you from experience that 2 full baths always leased or sold faster for us even in the good old days.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

Times have changed, and people expect a master bathroom to have a shower AND a tub.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

Times have changed, and people expect a master bathroom to have a shower AND a tub.

That is an over-generalization. Around here, for example, it is good enough that the house has a bathtub; it does not need to be in the master bath.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

I live in a high end neighborhood of custom homes, and we decided to put in a large doorless shower with double shower heads and NO tub. And quite a few of our neighbors don't have tubs. For me, I would hate to see a large space hogging tub where I could have a bigger shower or closet.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

I agree with shadow ... lots of generalizations ... my area is an area of older homes, none have master baths ... or really a master bedroom or suite .. just one bedroom is a little larger than another.

Some of us could care less about master bedrooms, suites or attached master baths ... depends on your area and neighborhood.


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RE: Worth It To Go From 1 1/2 to 2 Baths?

"Will it make a huge difference for resale to have 2 full baths vs. 1 1/2 baths in this type of property when it comes time to sell?"

Well, it certainly will make a difference. There is really no arguing that a whole bath is more valuable than a half bath. The only real question is whether adding onto the bath will raise the home value more than the cost of the renovation. That question is 100% local.

Assuming your numbers are correct (400 ft garage/master and smallest home in the neighborhood) expanding the bath sounds like it will probably be a winner.


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