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Old 03-11-2015, 01:45 PM
 
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Good afternoon guys - I need advice from you all! New to the forum but not so new to Sarasota, been here about 7 yrs. and my husband and have a 2300 sq. ft. 3b/2b/2 car garage on a dead end small deed restricted street and really love the neighborhood. The lot is a nice size at 10,000 sq. ft. and the houses are not extremely close together (hard to find) so we really want to stay in our neighborhood. I would really love to add a small powder room, toilet and sink only, by eliminating a closet and niche shelving area in the garage we don't really use.

With that being said, depending upon a rough estimate and understanding we will never get our full money back, do you think it would yield any return whatsoever? I am really wanting to add this mostly because the main bath is back towards the bedroom and is awkward when entertaining. We love to have a lot of people over and want that extra bathroom for the common area plus we will be adding a pool.

Any thoughts? Thanks again for any sort of feedback.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:52 PM
 
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depending on how you're going to access the bathroom, Id say it can never hurt.
I assume you'll make a door from the living area of the house (don't laugh, I've seen others that don't), and as long as it is not directly facing or next to the kitchen, I think it's great.
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:54 PM
 
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LOL - I can see that being a problem! I would probably leave the laundry room door alone and put a small pocket door next to it which would be at the end of the hallway which opens up into the living room area.
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:09 PM
 
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If you entertain much, I think a powder room is a very good idea. I don't particularly like my guests having to go through bedrooms to use the facilities....
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:14 PM
 
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I can't stand it - I mean it's a normal full size bath but it's right next to both bedrooms in that wing of the house especially if someone is in the sitting room and they have to navigate all the way to the back of the house. Any ideas if 2.5 baths sell better than 2 baths? -we don't want to sell but again I have to kinda convince my husband to do this-
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Old 03-11-2015, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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"Where's the Powder room"?

"First bush on the left, by the patio door, sir!"
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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If you are adding space into the garage from the home you will need to find the plumbing and may need to dig a trench to have the correct type of plumbing for the sink and toilet. You will probably have to hire a contractor and it requires a permit.

But I would say go for it. A half bath does add value to the home.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:56 PM
 
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Is the garage near the pool area? I wish our home had a bathroom near the pool. Even if it isn't I think a powder room is good for resale. But - I am glad my home just has two full baths - I don't like to have to clean more than 2 toilets.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:00 PM
 
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I really don't like having people in our personal bathrooms. Too much information. If I were shopping for a house, I would want a dedicated guest bath.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:41 AM
 
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When you walk in the front door the hall to the master bed/bath is on the left, the dining room is straight ahead and a sitting room (it's our piano room) is on the right, then a short 8 ft. hallway with door immediately to right for laundry/garage, about 5 ft. further of hallway wall space (would like to add a pocket door here for powder room) then immediately into a large living room - which over looks the breakfast nook and open kitchen. At the back of the living room are the bedrooms which to the left is a full bath with doors to bedrooms clustered together. That full bath has a door to lead out to the future pool onto the lanai. If someone enters the front, has dinner, cocktails in the piano room, they would have to navigate all the way to the back near the bedrooms to find the bathroom. I understand I would need a GC to break up the concrete and put plumbing in, I'm just terrified it would cost 20-30k, there is no way I could convince my husband LOL If it was 10k-15k I don't think he'll have a heart attack.

I've never done this before, do I just simply ask around for a GC and request them to come to the home for a quote or pay them for a design?
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