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Old 10-03-2014, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The only reason I'd want more than one bathroom would be for a backup toilet in case something goes wrong with one of them. I can brush my teeth and wash at the kitchen sink, but there's nothing else in the house - short of a slop bucket - that substitutes for a toilet.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:22 AM
 
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We have more than enough. It's a 4 bedroom house, with 5.5 baths. I grew up in a 5 bedroom house, 1.5 baths, for 9 people. I think people, especially our young, have gotten used to having their own bathrooms, and house hunters look for that option. It isn't necessary.
Sorry, that sounds rough.

It isn't necessary unless you want resale value. My wife and I wouldn't consider a house without enough bathrooms. We would only offer what the house was worth after adjusting for the cost of having bathrooms added and discounting for the annoyance of having to have the work done while we were living there.

There is no reason to buy a house with a low number of bathrooms unless the seller is offering a huge discount.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: here
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Sorry, that sounds rough.

It isn't necessary unless you want resale value. My wife and I wouldn't consider a house without enough bathrooms. We would only offer what the house was worth after adjusting for the cost of having bathrooms added and discounting for the annoyance of having to have the work done while we were living there.

There is no reason to buy a house with a low number of bathrooms unless the seller is offering a huge discount.
Discount compared to what? It all depends on the neighborhood and the age of the house. If you are looking at houses less than 20-30 years old, you will not likely find one with fewer than one full and one 3/4 bath minimum. If you are looking at houses built in the 1960's or prior, you'll get what was the norm back then 1 or 1.5 baths. If that is the norm for the neighborhood, the price will be the norm for the neighborhood.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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Five people, 2-1/2 baths. It's been sufficient for us.
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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My wife and I were spoiled by separate baths. She used the master bathroom, I used the spare bedroom bath. In our next home the spare bedrooms were on the other side of the house so we shared a bath but it was a large bathroom. I had a shower she had a garden tub. It also had dual sinks with dual cabinets and draws. What really made it nice was it had a separate toilet room. The separate toilet room is a must when sharing a bath.

I say with a separate toilet room a couple can easily share a bathroom.
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Old 10-13-2014, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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My wife and I were spoiled by separate baths. She used the master bathroom, I used the spare bedroom bath. In our next home the spare bedrooms were on the other side of the house so we shared a bath but it was a large bathroom. I had a shower she had a garden tub. It also had dual sinks with dual cabinets and draws. What really made it nice was it had a separate toilet room. The separate toilet room is a must when sharing a bath.

I say with a separate toilet room a couple can easily share a bathroom.
you wouldn't need a seperate toilet room if you were in the bathroom alone, now would you?
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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1 bath: 2 people
1 1/2 baths: 3-4 people
2 baths: 4-5 people
2 1/2 baths: 5-6 people
3 baths: 6 people
3 1/2 baths: 7-8 people
4 baths: 8-9 people
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Old 10-13-2014, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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We had 1 bathroom when we moved here as a family of 4 with one on the way. That was sort of tough but back then our mother essentially scheduled our baths. In 1996, when I was just about 10, we did a major remodel which added some space for an upstairs bathroom (at the expense of some of my room). In 2010, right after a fire, we added a small shower to the upstairs bathroom, making it two full baths.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:14 AM
 
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you can get by with whatever you have. However, whenever we were build a house(if we eventually do), even a smaller house like we prefer (~2000 ft2) would still have a master bath, a guest suite that includes a full bath and a small powder room near the garage/kitchen based on some preliminary floor plans I've done.

Once again, I could live with an outhouse if I had to. But my preference is for more than one bathroom for a number of reasons.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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1 bath: 2 people
1 1/2 baths: 3-4 people
2 baths: 4-5 people
2 1/2 baths: 5-6 people
3 baths: 6 people
3 1/2 baths: 7-8 people
4 baths: 8-9 people
Yikes... I guess that means my husband and I had better get busy!

Given the way our house is set up though, I think it should be 3.5 baths instead of 4. I really can't imagine the tub on the first floor ever being used. So, that means we really only need to have 5 kids instead of 6.
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