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Adding an upstairs bathroom - with a diagram!

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AwkwardPaws27 Wed 25-Oct-17 11:43:17

Ok, really hoping i manage to add these images correctly...

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.

My thoughts:

- 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.

What do the wise women of Mumsnet think?

HideHide Wed 25-Oct-17 12:23:28

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

massistar Wed 25-Oct-17 12:29:48

Could you section off part of the 2nd bedroom and knock through from master to make an ensuite? Would take up less space?

AwkwardPaws27 Wed 25-Oct-17 12:37:03

HideHide - There is a drain of some sort running alongside the house so I'm hoping we can link in to that without too much difficulty, fingers crossed!

massistar I would prefer it to be accessible from the hallway - I wouldn't really want guests to have to go via our bedroom, or go downstairs.

tentative3 Wed 25-Oct-17 13:43:46

I saw a floorplan the other day where they'd put a loo upstairs, but not a full bathroom. Would that be an option or would you def want a full bathroom?

SilverSpot Wed 25-Oct-17 13:49:39

How you have got it planned is my preferred way of getting a bathroom upstairs with that layout if that bedroom is big enough to fit.

I would keep the downstairs WC 100% and might swap the downstairs bath for a shower and have your WM and TD stacked in there to be a utility room and shower.

teaortequila23 Wed 25-Oct-17 13:50:22

If I was you I would just stick with what you have till you have enough money for a loft conversion to then make one of the bedrooms a bathroom.

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Wed 25-Oct-17 13:59:21

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.

Vitalogy Wed 25-Oct-17 14:20:01

Could you convert the downstairs bathroom into a study/third bedroom.

AwkwardPaws27 Wed 25-Oct-17 18:50:55

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!)

Vitalogy Wed 25-Oct-17 19:09:17

or to put a future DC in a room that far away from me. You never know you might be glad of it grin

AwkwardPaws27 Wed 25-Oct-17 19:11:02

Vitalogy grin

Angryosaurus Wed 25-Oct-17 19:23:03

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

AwkwardPaws27 Wed 25-Oct-17 20:02:46

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.

Liara Wed 25-Oct-17 20:38:43

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).

AwkwardPaws27 Thu 26-Oct-17 09:06:15

Liara I think that wall is load bearing, and the small bedroom that would create would only be 5ft wide.
I can probably put a small window in the red area anyway, as it is semi-detached.

MissDuke Thu 26-Oct-17 09:19:50

Awkward what is a futility room? I see that term on MN all the time and have no idea what people mean.

Anyway op I think your plan is pretty much all you have to work with as you have reasons why all other options wouldn't work for you. Go for it! I definitely think its worth it!

AwkwardPaws27 Thu 26-Oct-17 09:36:45

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.

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