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En-suite/bedroom dilemma - what would you do?

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harrassedswlondonmum Sat 24-Nov-12 10:42:19

Apologies that this will be a bit long but I need to explain the background!

Before we moved in to our house a previous owner converted bedroom no 2, which is adjacent to the main bedroom, into a large ensuite bathroom for the master bedroom, and a much smaller room which we have used as a nursery/study.

We have 3 boys (well and a 16 yr old daughter as well but she is irrelevant for the purposes of this question!). Our 12 year old boy has a smallish room with a cabin bed he is soon to outgrow, and our 9 year old twins currently share a larger room. We have already loft-converted!

The twins really need their own rooms now so I had the idea to make our en-suite smaller and make the bedroom bigger by moving the partition wall (by 2 feet) and removing a chimney breast. This would become one twin bedroom, then the other twin would swap with the 12 year old - he gets the bigger room he needs and both twins have smallish but functional bedrooms.

Our builder (who is lovely but can tend to be a bit negative) feels it is a lot of money to do what I propose, and that it would be much cheaper to get rid of the ensuite altogether and just make the whole space back into a large second bedroom.

My thoughts are this:
1) he may be right about the cost being big to achieve small move of a wall/removal of chimney breast but we need to adapt the house to fit our needs as we can't afford to move. I like having an en-suite - it makes the mornings much more pleasant (although we do have a shower room in the loft as well as the main family bathroom so would still have two bathrooms if we lost the en-suite).

2) The new en-suite would be small (only just over a metre deep although over 3 metres wide) but I think that could still work well enough.

3) The resulting bedroom would be about 8'2" x 10 feet, which is quite a similar size to the room the other twin would be in - so it seems fair!

My husband on the other hand is thinking the builder may be right.

What would you do?! Thank you for reading this far!

I would do what you suggest if you're not planning to move.

8 by 10 is the size of our largest bedroom in this cottage and its fine. Also the ensuite size is fine for an ensuite.

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 24-Nov-12 10:47:35

I'd keep the en-suite. You aren't doing this to add value you're doing it to make your home suitable for your needs. To the builder this might be a waste as it will cost more than the value it adds to your home. But if you intend to live there for a while then it's benefit to your family is worth it.

Blu Sat 24-Nov-12 10:53:06

Do what suits your life best, and with 4adolescents and son to be adolescents in the family I can see why you like having an en suite. Once they all start having teen mates staying the night you will feel the benefit!

harrassedswlondonmum Sat 24-Nov-12 10:57:10

Wow thank you all for your responses!

I did wonder whether I am being selfish and would get blasted as such for wanting to keep the en-suite but I'm really glad you all think the plan would work.

Toomuchtea Sat 24-Nov-12 11:14:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lalalonglegs Sat 24-Nov-12 11:18:40

Do it, it sounds really sensible (I think most people only want an en-suite shower room don't they, it would decrease value in my eyes if someone had sacrificed bedroom space for an extra bathroom). Failing that, can the loft conversion be subdivided?

MrsjREwing Sat 24-Nov-12 11:23:40

I think your house will be easier to sell when you decide to move with the bigger bedroom.

Jacaqueen Sat 24-Nov-12 11:27:14

You are not being selfish.

I am doing away with my en suite to reinstate my Victorian bedroom back to its former glory. I want room for a chaise lounge, cheval mirror and proper walk in wardrobe.

I am then going to convert the whole of the adjacent bedroom into a bathroom complete with roll top bath and walk in shower. This will be for my sole use. I am going to make it so 'French' and pretty, think chandelier, armoire, lots of candles, DH and the boys won't go near it.

Now that is selfish.

The builder and DH think I am mad to turn a 4 bedroom house into a 3. However the architect is on my wavelength. We are going to be here forever so I am not worried about resale value. We don't need a dedicated spare room, as we have a study and a sofa bed. We are not having anymore children.

However I do need a little bit of prettiness and calm in my life. As well as a space of my own. DH has the garage/workshop. Boys have their own large bedrooms plus the upstairs of the garage. I think it is only fair.

SecondhandRose Sat 24-Nov-12 11:30:13

Kids grow up quickly and go to Uni. Stick with the ensuite.

frenchfancy Sat 24-Nov-12 12:01:16

Keep your en-suite. I gave up our when we moved and now the kids are getting older I really miss it.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 24-Nov-12 12:08:45

Keep the ensuite.

lalalonglegs Sat 24-Nov-12 14:28:10

harrassed will still have her own bathroom (I hate the term en suite, it is just so Hyacinth Bucket), it will just be smaller.

FishfingersAreOK Sat 24-Nov-12 14:34:21

Keep the en-suite. But plan it first so you don't end up finding you have to get a wildly expensive shower tray just so you could get one in that wouldn't be a trip hazard as you come through the door. Teeny spaces need millimetre precision on door/loo/shower placement. A few out and it is a total PITA <bitter>

betterwhenthesunshines Sat 24-Nov-12 19:05:09

What about turning it back in to a bedroom for one of the children and then you move your bedroom up to the loft? You are up at the top with your own shower room and DCs have the lower floor with one (existing family) bathroom between them.

I can't work out from your description if this would work, but 8 x 10 bedrooms are fairly small so I would try to keep larger rooms rather than sub divided which always end up having odd proportions.

MrsjREwing Sat 24-Nov-12 19:35:35

Sunshines, a single bed is 6x3 so plenty of room.

Karbea Sat 24-Nov-12 20:40:20

How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you have in total?
I think if you have 4+ bedrooms you need a family bathroom and ensuite. 5+ you'd be looking at 2-3 bathrooms I'd think.

harrassedswlondonmum Sat 24-Nov-12 22:59:29

Thanks for all your comments. We have 5 bedrooms in total, including the one under discussion.

If we move the wall as I originally intended we will have 3 big doubles and two ok singles, with 3 bath/shower rooms.

If we lose the en-suite altogether we would have 4 big doubles, one single and 2 bath/shower rooms.

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