Why don't people like downstairs bathrooms?

(61 Posts)
Maebe Fri 15-Mar-13 10:41:11

I keep seeing this pop up on so many threads and I'm always confused why people feel quite so strongly against downstairs bathrooms.

We have one - old converted/extended 2-up, 2-down, so it is off our kitchen. I've not only got used to it, I really quite like it now. It's surprisingly handy. For example...

It's great with young DCs, you can go to the loo without being a whole floor away from them (say if you only have an upstairs bathroom)

It makes getting ready in the morning so easy. I can have the baby's milk warming and the kettle boiling etc while I start the shower. I find that saves time as compared to when I had a house with an upstairs bathroom and was trudging up and down between floors. I can see it being easier when the DCs are older, they can be eating breakfast in the kitchen while I'm ten feet away showering etc.

And the same thing in the evenings - one of us bathes DC while the other is in the kitchen starting dinner, it's quite sociable really!

Also, I spend most of my time in my house downstairs. Where the loo is. Which is all very handy, really grin

Yes, once in a blue moon I wake up in the middle of the nights and think, arse, I've got to go downstairs to pee, but that's so rare. The only time it was an issue was when I was heavily pregnant, and then I just admitted defeat and had a bucket in the spare room. And tbh, the stairs were so annoying I half suspect I would have put a bucket somewhere downstairs if the bathroom had been upstairs!

Now, obviously the ideal would be some form of toilet on every floor, but not every house has room for that. So why do people hate the thought of a downstairs bathroom quite so much?

We live in a converted bungalow and the bathroom is downstairs off the hallway.
For me it has more negatives than positives. It doesn't bother me too much that at night I have to go downstairs apart from running through the house naked and when the dc were small it meant they could bath while I cooked etc. but now they're older they've worked out they can poo on the loo with the door open to watch tv, also if any of them feel sick at night there's no way they would make it down t e stairs so we always have a sick bowl upstairs.
For me it's the fact that sometimes I'm in the bath/loo and someone comes to visit and then stands talking in the hallway right outside the bathroom door. Plus after the bath I have to traips through the house in a towel in full view.

It's due to these reasons why we've considered moving a shower room upstairs.

Maebe Sat 16-Mar-13 21:01:19

I see how that sounds like changing the question blush Didn't mean it to sound like that, I guess in my head it made sense that there was a distinction between a bathroom and a toilet, completely get why people would like a toilet in each floor. I spend more time downstairs that upstairs, so at the moment having the toilet downstairs is more convenient and I don't find it a problem at night. And not trying to convince anyone, I was genuinely just intrigued (as I said before) why some felt so strongly about it that it would put them off an otherwise great house.

GreenEggsAndNichts Sat 16-Mar-13 21:59:00

The problem is, it would have to be a great house. As in, significantly better than anything else in that price range. And if we're now saying that the upstairs has a loo, and the downstairs has the bath, then (for me) that arrangement would only be acceptable if it did not require me having to walk through all living areas/kitchen in order to have a shower. It's fine if we're just here as a family but not ideal when we have guests or extended family/inlaws around. I, for one, am a pro at forgetting little things, forgetting I've left my hair towel on the hook in the bedroom instead of the bath, for example. I'd be forever back and forth through the house to fetch them. It's just not ideal, and if you're looking to buy a house you want to live in for a long time, why settle for something which you already know will irk you?

Jaynebxl Sun 17-Mar-13 10:44:20

We have a loo upstairs but our main bathroom is downstairs. I would have been put off the house if there had been no upstairs loo but I've never minded the downstairs bathroom. In fact I quite like it with young children. If they are ill or have a wee accident in the day it is easy to just plonk them in the shower, for example.
The house we are moving to has two bathrooms upstairs and one bathroom downstairs plus a loo. I suspect there are times we will still choose to use the downstairs bathroom for convenience but no doubt we will use the upstairs ones more.

Jaynebxl Sun 17-Mar-13 10:45:12

And actually when we were selling our current house we had 17 viewings in three days and only one of those was at all sniffy about the downstairs bathroom.

Jaynebxl Sun 17-Mar-13 10:45:49

I think people generally accept it is often par for the course if you go for an interesting period house.

Bunbaker Sun 17-Mar-13 10:57:38

"And actually when we were selling our current house we had 17 viewings in three days and only one of those was at all sniffy about the downstairs bathroom."

Don't most people read the particulars of a house before viewing? I would have though that this would have weeded out the ones who wouldn't want a downstairs bathroom.

DontmindifIdo Sun 17-Mar-13 11:01:16

bunbaker - yep, DH wouldn't view a house with only a downstairs bathroom, becuase there's no way he'd agree to buy it, so why waste everyone's time.

Bunbaker Sun 17-Mar-13 11:08:28

"bunbaker - yep, DH wouldn't view a house with only a downstairs bathroom"

Neither would we.

Jaynebxl Sun 17-Mar-13 12:15:54

So would I Bunbaker which goes to show how many people were still interested despite the downstairs bathroom. And one person who didn't read the particulars grin

Coconutfeet Sun 17-Mar-13 19:48:30

We were put off houses with downstairs bathrooms for the reasons mentioned but also because they're usually between the kitchen and the garden so you can't supervise children playing outside while you're in the kitchen, or open the kitchen up to the garden with French doors, which is something I really like the idea of.

They're fairly common where we used to live and they were always really cold and damp.

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