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3 way bathroom. Yay or nay?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Vacant, 1st Jul, 2015.

  1. Vacant

    Vacant Well-Known Member

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    What are your thoughts on 3 way bathrooms? Our bathroom and ensuite needs updating and I don't like how much space is wasted in its current form.

    Do you prefer a 3 way or combined bathroom? I like the concept of a 3 way, would we be better to just update it or convert it to a combined bathroom. I thought we might be able to combine it and then grab a bit more space for the ensuite but I'd rather not have to relocate the plumbing.


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  2. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Me too, but not in bathrooms.
     
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    When I built our PPOR as ownerbuilder I was introduced to 3in1 bathrooms by our draftsperson and I was very sceptical at first.

    After a decade and with all the family and friends, visitors and guests etc over the years we have not regretted it, one of the best decisions we made.

    For example, one of the kids can be having a bath, I can have a shower, someone can be going to the toilet, whilst another brushes their teeth or is just checking themselves out in the mirror, all aspects are totally functional at all times.

    It will come down to personal choice in the end.
     
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  4. Azazel

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    Depends how old your kid is I spose.
    I don't mind the setup with the sink/mirror outside, not sure about a separate door to the hallway. 1 person locks that and the rest is unusable.
     
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    I put in double sliding cavity doors for the hallway, no locks, all good
     
  6. bob shovel

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    would you sacrifise the ensuite? or keep ens as is, just whether your getting rid of the 3 way.
    as it is good i feel but it could be a lot bigger as one room. are you staying long term? is the kid and multiple use a benefit? would you go fancier if one way bathroom - add say spa?
     
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    3 way for everyone to access, and one big one with spa bath for your ensuite
     
  8. MichaelW

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    ^^^ This... :D

    I really don't like the concept of a three way bathroom. Not my cup of tea.
     
  9. Big Red

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    I never thought of this pretty good idea. Might feel a bit closed in though.
     
  10. wylie

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    Upside for three way is that three people can use the facilities at the same time, but downside is that you cannot flit from the loo to the bath or the shower without leaving the room, and putting on a robe or a towel.

    I've never lived in a house with a separate toilet and I feel quite claustrophobic in them and don't like them at all. I like it all in the one room, but I can see the attraction of the separation.

    I think it comes down to personal preference.

    We have two full bathrooms and a third toilet, and five of us lived here with nobody having to wait for anything.
     
  11. Propertunity

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    Call me old-fashioned, but I love a 3 way bathroom - all stops, no waiting.
     
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    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Ok... if you insist. You are old fashioned (just kidding) :p:D
     
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    Now if only I could find my glasses so I could find my hearing trumpet :)
     
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    Are you related to Mrs Richards (from Fawlty Towers). That is my favourite episode and your answer took me straight to it... (mentally)
     
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    Do we ask Sim to create a Pensioner Chat Room? :)
     

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    growing up i experienced a 2way bathroom ie the toilet by itself but the vanity in the main room.
    even that was an issue. you can go to the toilet but then cant wash your hands.
    then with guests over it was even worse.

    i guess it depends on how many kids you have their privacy comfort and gender.
    if you have females a 3 way bathroom is probably a good idea. they love standing infront of the mirror.
    if its males then 2 way or all in 1 would probably be fine.
     
  17. Vacant

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    My preference would be a much fancier all in one bathroom. We've got 2 young boys so mirror time won't be necessary.

    I was hoping to open it all up and swing the bath around, then I could pilfer a little bit more room for the ensuite although the ensuite will probably look much bigger once we get rid of those lovely green tiles.
     
  18. bob shovel

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    Sounds like your away with a plan. Time to gut it and rip out those walls!
    Check your local pub, sometimes you can get a good deal on spas that fall out of trucks ;)

    will you move that wall with the door out a meter to make it bigger?
     
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  19. Vacant

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    What I want to do is combine the rumpus lounge and kitchen into one and bring the bathroom walls flush with the bedrooms.

    I'd better duck down to the pub and see what trucks are coming and going. I've got some strong Scottish heritage so I'm accustomed to finding bargains.
     
  20. Chris001

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    We need to renovate our bathroom that is three way. We considered changing to one big bathroom as the three way is quite small. However, as we have lived in the house for 15 years we know that having the separate areas are very useful especially as our kids are growing up. We only have the one bathroom so separate areas allow us to all get ready quicker in the morning. If you have an ensuite that family and guests can use then a big bathroom would be great. We are going to put in sliding cavity doors to give us more space.