Sitting Pretty recently posted a review of Barbara K's book Invest in Your Nest. Although the book sounds interesting, I found Sitting Pretty's comments equally interesting.
One point she raised was a disagreement with Barbara K over whether it made sense to add additional bathrooms.
I've bought, remodelled, lived in and then sold quite a few houses, like Sitting Pretty has, however, I find I disagree on the point of bathrooms and agree with Barbara K.
Growing up with four teenage sisters having extra bathrooms would have been a huge improvement in quality of life.
Even today, I seek an excess of bathrooms to bedrooms for several reasons:
1. As a parent I prefer my children not see some of the more dangerous tools in my bathroom (razors, etc...), even though they are in safe places - I don't want them to mimic me if they should get their hands on something dangerous.
2. We sometimes do have family and guests visiting - a guest room with a bathroom is very nice for them.
3. My in-laws live with us.
4. A powder room is wonderful when guests are visiting - do you really want to clean up ALL the bathrooms they might visit - or just the powder room. I have a nasty vision of a friends child getting their hands on grandpa's dentures and running around the house with them!
5. Separate bathrooms help isolate family noise when family members sleep at different hours - unless you can sleep through the hair dryer, toilet flushes, etc....
To a degree Sitting Pretty associates excess bathrooms with economic wealth. I've had friens put powder rooms in for $5,000 and whole bathrooms for $10,000 - $25,000. If you have the space or can create the space it fits into a mortgage fairly inexpensively.
Then again, maybe I'm speaking from left field. What do you think? How many bathrooms do you have, want and plan to install in your home?