I'm renovating a few house in the midwest....

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These homes are a cetury old and have 3 beds and 1 bath usually on the 2nd floor. I want to add a another bath or a half bath or both. There is a basement and an attic and no real space on the 1st or second floor for a bath. Where do I put the bath or half bath or both?

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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Aug 02, 2017
    In my old house, when it was renovated, someone took out a closet in a bedroom and installed a bathroom there. In order to have a closet in that room, they took 1/2 the closet depth from another room and 1/2 from the room needed the closet in.
    • Aretha Aretha on Aug 02, 2017
      thank you. the closets as you may know are not very big. that is a good idea though. it will get a lot of useage.
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Aug 02, 2017
    When I was a child, I lived in an old house that had a full bath in the basement. That was creepy scary as it was an unfinished basement.
    • Aretha Aretha on Aug 02, 2017
      thank you. i forgot to mention that i do intend to finish the attic and basement. this was my first choice to put a full bath in the basement. so i was thinking that the laundry and mechanicals are going to be down there. will the family actually get up in the morning and go down to the basement to use it along with the second floor bath? it seems so far away. still thinking. it cannot go on the first floor as there is no space. its a 1344 sqft house.
  • Pegg77 Pegg77 on Aug 02, 2017
    I remember seeing a house with a half bath under the staircase. The staircase was moved to the side on the first 6 or so stairs giving enough room under there. I hope this makes sense.
    • Aretha Aretha on Aug 02, 2017
      you know what thats a good idea. there is a closet on the first floor and if i take some space from the stairs there could be a half bath on that floor. i do still intend to put a bath in the finished basement as well cause there will be a bedroom down there.
  • Start looking at your floor plans - might need to knock down a few walls and rearrange things and then reroute plumbing and electrical and put new walls up. If you have basement space, I would utilize that area too, but finish out at least part of the basement otherwise it really is not attractive to future buyers.
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    • Absolutely! See where you can squeeze one in under a stairwell or something. In the midwest, they want mudrooms / laundry room, a decent pantry, finished basements and ample bathrooms. And you are doing the right thing - think like a consumer - and who will be purchasing in the neighborhood. House can be drop dead beautiful and not sell if it does not have what buyers need.
  • Annie Annie on Aug 02, 2017
    I have a friend who stole a really tiny corner off her kitchen (about 4x6) and installed a corner sink and toilet in there. It does the job. Nothing fancy but does the job. She was also able to put it along the wall where existing plumbing was in place which reduced costs substantially. Most folks want a 1/2 bath just so they don't have to go upstairs.
    Little difference if you have to go downstairs.

  • Aretha Aretha on Aug 02, 2017
    thank you. you know what, i am going down to the studs so maybe i should get the plans and change things around.