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We recently bought an Edwardian house. The bathroom is downstairs, accessed through the kitchen. This is relatively common in surrounding houses, but it does mean a somewhat irritating trip to the loo if you wake up in the night. No DCs yet, but this is the plan in the next few years, and I really want an upstairs bathroom before TTC.
- The house is 3 bedroom, semi detached. 2 beds in the area go for less, so I am loathe to turn a bedroom into a bathroom and reduce the value in case we do sell in future/for remortgaging purposes.
- A loft conversion would be lovely, but not really affordable at present.
- I don't want to split the front bedroom as it is a nice sized master, has a beautiful original fireplace I've slaved away restoring, and I don't want a soil pipe in the front of my house.
- There are a lot of houses in the area, with a small upstairs bathroom and small box room as the 3rd bedroom (5 x 8 foot is common, but we did view a couple of houses with 6ft6 x 5ft6 foot box rooms).
I have been debating how to fit in an upstairs bathroom, and am thinking of removing chimney breast and splitting the 2nd bedroom, to give a 9ft x 6ft6 bedroom and a (cosy!) 4ft 6 x 9ft bath/shower room.
I may retain the downstairs bathroom, or possibly have a futility room.
You’d need to consider your pipe work and routing of waste etc. We’ve just added a bathroom on the opposite side of our house (semi) to all other bathroom/kitchen etc. The plumbers had an arse of a job zig zagging the pipe work across the space
A friend has done what you are thinking of doing I think it works really well. They have knocked the bathroom down stairs through and extended into the side return to make a huge kitchen family room out the back.. it is lush. They have downstairs loo under the stairs. Only negative is they have no bathroom window but they don't mind that.
Thank you for your ideas. If it was only a year or so until I could covert the loft, I would, but realistically I have no idea when or even if we'll be able to afford it. Downstairs study could be an option but I'm not sure I'd want a bedroom through the kitchen, or to put a future DC in a room that far away from me. I love the shower & laundry room idea (& DP would love a side return extension one day!)
I have recently seen it where the front room is split into 2 small doubles (plus small corridor), the second bedroom becomes the master with views over the garden, and bed 3 becomes the bathroom. It avoids a box room, but obviously compromises the fab front bedroom. Much nicer family sized bathroom though so you can lose the downstairs one in favour of bigger kitchen
angryosaurus it's not big enough unfortunately - 10ft x 14ft, plus a chimnet breast takes up part of that, so two rooms would be small. There's also a beautiful original fireplace that I've almost finished restoring & want to keep as a feature.
Would you be able to fit two rooms into the front if you added the bit you marked red to the front room? Then you could have what's left of the second bedroom as a bathroom (with a window), and still have a pretty decent sized room towards the front with the chimney (although with one less window).
MissDuke a futility room is a utility room, but with the acceptance that it will never be a beautiful organised space, and that the laundry will never be done. It is futile to think it will solve all cleaning related problems, but you can at least close the door on them!
Thank you all for your suggestions and ideas, I feel like I haven't made a massive oversight, and that this is probably the best option for us, for now at least.