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The Bathroom Debate – Upstairs or Downstairs, and Is One Enough?


You hear it everywhere when you’re looking into properties, whether buying, renting or selling – the bathroom debate. Where is the best bathroom location in the property, and how many is necessary? Is it unsavoury if you only have the one bathroom, and how costly is it to relocate it around the house…?

Bathrooms certainly become a big issue when dealing with property, and can truly make or break the value and selling potential of a home. We have seen, otherwise perfect, properties dismissed because of a poorly located bathroom. It is particularly important it can be quite costly to relocate or add an extra bathroom, or even small toilet room, to any property.

It can even become a health and safety issue to house too many people with limited bathroom facilities, which becomes most vital when dealing with shared housing. However, it seems to be the case in general that the more bathrooms in a property equal the better.



Upstairs vs. Downstairs

Would you opt to live in a house with only one bathroom, which also just happens to be located downstairs?

At first consideration, it seems to be fine. Surely, it doesn’t matter too much on which floor the bathroom sits, perhaps as long as it’s not an outhouse. Or maybe furnished in that 60’s pink ceramic. Either way, there are presumably worse things that can be wrong with a property.

Although, considering the full logistics of having a full bathroom downstairs, which would probably be located at the back of the house, it can seem like a bit of a nightmare. For example, during the night when you need to use the toilet, you would have to walk all the way downstairs and through the downstairs floor to get to the toilet. Also, if you have babies or young children, you would have to take them to the toilet downstairs. Not to mention the fact that having a shower or bath would result in having to walk through the house and upstairs again to get dressed and ready in your bedroom.

It can be easier to fathom having a full bathroom downstairs if there is also a smaller bathroom, or toilet room upstairs, therefore. This eliminates the reasoning of having to use the toilet in the middle of the night, or having to deal with young children. Yet, this would still mean a potentially awkward journey downstairs, and perhaps through the downstairs floor, to shower or bathe.


Some people like to have a toilet with small basin in the hallway downstairs, just for visitors as they hat the thought of visitors have to go upstairs to use the loo, snooping along the way!




1 Bathroom, 2 Bathrooms, 3 Bathrooms… More?

The debate of having an upstairs or downstairs bathroom can lead to an even bigger, unavoidable debate… What is the best number of bathrooms for a property?

We have seen our fair share of strangely located and an odd number of bathrooms in property. For example, one shared house property only had the one bathroom upstairs, for a house of over 6 people. This is a bit illegal, so we were reassured that the owner implanted an outhouse in the shed, presumably to avoid law implications.

In comparison, we have witnessed a small flat, with 5 rooms in total, with 2 of those rooms being bathrooms: one with a shower and bath combo, and one with just the shower. This meant one bathroom per person in the flat, and 2 happy en-suite-satisfied tenants. Now there will definitely be a few people agreeing that one bathroom per person is most certainly the ideal number of bathrooms for a property.

Although, moving away from en-suites, we have come to realise that the ideal number of bathrooms is quite clear for an average family, or a house with up to 6 people, is simply 2 bathrooms in total. One is usually the full bathroom, including a shower and bathroom, which is preferably located upstairs, and the second is the downstairs smaller toilet room. However, it wouldn’t harm to have the two bathrooms with a bath or shower each.



Relocating Your Bathroom

If you are looking to rent out or sell your property, and understand that the bathroom is located in an unsavoury place in the home, then you may want to consider looking into relocating the bathroom. Although it can be a costly process, it can be one of the factors helping to ensure that you can sell or rent out your property, and at a higher value than previously.

There are certain things to consider when relocating your bathroom. For example, you need to ensure the new bathroom is being placed in the right place. Mostly, the bathroom would need to be placed at the back of the property, where the soil pipe and other plumbing can reach it easily. Also, when relocating upstairs from downstairs, it is best to move the bathroom into the room above the bathroom downstairs, as it would be a simpler process.

However, you could in theory put a toilet anywhere you wish in you house, using special macerator systems and a waste pipe that can travel up to 10m to the nearest sewage pipe. These can be found made by companies such as Saniflo.

Although you may feel it is costly, and particularly if you solely want to rent the property out, we do suggest this as one of the most efficient ways to impact on the property’s market value. If you want to get the most out of your property, we do recommend relocating to an upstairs bathroom, and perhaps even considering the dual bathroom attraction, which can be a prime selling point for potential buyers.


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