Besides the number of bedrooms in a house, the number of bathrooms is an important selling point. Doing the math for bathrooms, however, can be tricky.
For example – a property is listed as having two full baths and one-half bath. But, what exactly constitutes a half-bath or, for that matter, a full bath?
For a room to be listed as a “full bath,” it must contain four key fixtures: a toilet, sink, bathtub, and shower (or shower/bath combo). According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, a full bathroom off the master bedroom is one of the most desired features by today’s home buyers. Other features that are popular in a full bath, but are not necessary for that designation, include a linen closet, bidet, makeup station, and/or double sink.
A half-bath (aka a powder room or guest bath) has only two of the four main bathroom components, a toilet and sink. Real estate agents agree that adding a half-bath to your home is one of the most profitable home improvements you can make.
Less known are three-quarter and quarter baths. A three-quarter bathroom has three of the four main components – usually an upright stall shower, a sink, and a toilet. In older houses or condos, a three-quarter bath might have just a sink, toilet, and tub, but no shower. In this case, new owners almost always convert it to a full bathroom by installing a shower head over the tub and enclosing it with a shower curtain. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to do a quick upgrade.
As for the quarter bathroom, this is a room with only one of the four elements—typically a toilet. Another type of quarter bathroom is just a shower, which is often located out by a pool to rinse off.
If you are planning to sell your home or condo, keep in mind that an unappealing bathroom can be an instant turnoff for buyers. Consequently, it is worth investing a bit of time and money to make your bathrooms look their best.
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Why are bathrooms so important? – GardenWeb: www.ths.gardenweb.com
20th Century Bathroom Design by Kohler, by Tina Skinner