If you had a 3 bed house with no ensuites and were going to build an
extension to make it a 5 bed house how many ensuites would consider the
The smallest existing bedroom is the nearer to the existing bathroom than
the proposed extention and will have to remain ensuite free.
I claim that there should be at least 2 full ensuites and three new toilets.
Any other views before I fall out with my Dad..
I reckon it needs one bath/shower, one shower, three toilets in that
size house. Achievable with one ensuite, one bathroom, one downstairs bog.
But that's needs, rather than wants.
Having more will probably make the house more saleable, provided the
size of the bedrooms doesn't suffer.
Also depends on how many people will actually be there permanently, and
if lodgers or house sharing will ever come into it.
Exactly. I know of someone who put an en-suite in every room upstairs
in an ordinary house, and the result
is a rats nest of tiny rooms and doors every where. Looks ridiculous.
Even most new detached houses, say, 4 bed with integral garage, have
pretty small bedrooms to fit in
the en-suites, and you have all these bathrooms almost next to each
other. Its ridiculous. However, it may be
what people want.
Of course, a large spacious house is an entirely different matter.
What comes to mind is those american houses in movies / tv (most
actually sets built for filming !) that
seem to have a decent sized bathroom for every bedroom (complete with
1930s square tiles and one of
those hoop shower curtain things over the bath). This is so the kids
can lead an existance separate from the
parents, who are always somewhere else in the vast house, where their
mates climb in though the window and
have pizza delivered that way as well.
Wives appear extremely sensitive to toilet smells!
We have a separate main bathroom with walk in shower which visiting
children and I use. Master bedroom has en-suite as does downstairs guest
room. There is also a toilet in the utility area for farmers with grubby
One idea was to make the master bedroom ensuite entrance via a dressing
He has 6m by 10m to play with to make two new bedrooms plus any ensuites
etc. He might be able to make it greater than 10m but not more than 6m
I asked for opinions. You are on my Dad's side.
Your suggestion is what he would end up with. Although he is also
considering making the downstairs WC a shower room.
The idea is to extend now (whilst he can still DIY), live there until they
are too old to look after the place and property prices have risen and then
sell up and move to their apartment on the coast.
Trying to outguess future buyers is fraught with problems. I invariably
rebuild the kitchen when I move in to a new place, usually reconstruct
the bathroom and I would find a walk-in wardrobe much more useful than
an en-suite bathroom.
Unless he has a particular yen for an en-suite bathroom himself, why not
simply build the extension with extra storage areas that could easily be
converted to bathrooms or WCs, if future buyers want them?
Discussing the subject of house extensions recently with the remaining
local estate agent, he said 4 decent size bedrooms was a much easier
layout to sell than 5 smaller ones, few buyers actually want or need 5
bedrooms. Of course guessing what's going to be the fashionable layout
in 10-20 years is a bit tricky.
Don't do it. Having the biggest house on the estate will make it really
hard to sell - ask any agent. Those who want and can afford a 5-bed
won't want to live next to all the chavi people who can only afford a
I suggest your dad makes the seaside place the perfect place to retire
to if he wants a project.
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