I went through a phase of visiting open homes recently and was staggered by the large number of bathrooms and ensuites which renovated and new houses have. Where does this obsession with plumbing and cleanliness come from? Is it the new modern to show friends your ensuite or kid’s bathrooms?
How about only having one bathroom in your house, or should that be in realestatespeak ‘your home’? Instead consider a return to the one family bathroom and the luxury app of a separate toilet. If you have hordes of kids then put in another toilet which is accessible from your backyard/garden/deck.
This isn’t nostalgia talking, there is likely to be an environmental cost for each additional bathroom or ensuite. At the very least these bathrooms require more plumbing, more drains, more whiteware, more cleaning, and more maintenance and add thousands to construction or renovation costs. Why not use the space in a different way, to create a separate study ,music room, homework centre, small factory for child labour making crafts to be sold on the wayside in these straitened times or anything else you can think of? Maybe it is all about the matching towel sets required to furnish these spaces?
As I write this I realise that any family will not shit or wash more if they have more than one bathroom but that family members could do it all simultaneously. Is that enough of a reason to add another bathroom? You don’t need another bathroom – you just don’t!
Don't come and see our new ensuite, we don't have one.
Note: Own snap of real bathroom