Like all first-time buyers, when we were looking for a home we had a long, inflated list of ‘must-haves’ which we eventually had to eat. When we finally met and fell in love with our dilapidated beauty, the list of things we said we absolutely could not do without looked like this:
- Parking – didn’t get it, we park on the street.
- Central air – didn’t get it, live with 100-yr old rads.
- Reno’ed kitchen – ha!
- And especially painful, the first floor powder room: did not get it.
While it wasn’t a deal breaker, it was the hardest must-have to forgo. It’s great for resale value and convenience alike, and saves you having to make nice in other parts of your home when guests come over and need to use the bathroom.
Now, when we put our HGTV goggles on, so to speak (they don’t yet exist) and walk around the house dreaming of doing this to it or that, we simply can’t find space for a powder room on our first floor. A friend who’s an architect says all his clients want one, and carving out those powder rooms is his pet peeve…
Thankfully we’re not renovating any time soon, but our next door neighbours are, and lo and behold, they’ve run into the first floor powder room dilemma. In the thick of drawing up plans for converting their two-residence home into a single family dwelling, they’re at a stand-still: the husband, Steve, is all for the convenience — they’ve a second child on the way — and the wife, Roma, thinks too much of the layout is at stake.
To get your opinion on their first floor bathroom dilemma, and on first floor bathrooms in general, I coerced Steve into giving us a snippet of their plans. He’s not exactly enthused to have a Flip camera and I talking like a pseudo-host in his face, but you get the gist of problem. Oh, and sorry for the lack of light — hard to pin these guys down in the day…
What do you think? Should they go ahead with the powder room? How important is a first-floor powder room to you? Even if you live in an apartment, how important is it to have a conveniently located guest bathroom?