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post #41 of 68
I know I'm late to this party but we are a family of 5 (me and 4 boys) and we only have one bathroom. We've been here 5 years and the only time it was a problem was when I was using the toilet and DH came rushing in needing to use it immediately and almost sat down right on my lap. Seeing him come running in with his pants already down around his ankles gave me nightmares. We now joke about the "Abort Mission, Abort Mission!" moment.

We have rough in plumbing for another bathroom in the basement but so far we've been able to manage just fine with one bath.
post #42 of 68
I'm amazed at those of you who get by with just one bathroom! I think a lot of it is what you're used to. I grew up in a 2.5 bathroom house for 6 of us, and now live in a 2.5 bathroom house for 5 of us. I get icked out by bathroom sighs, sounds and smells. I love having 'my' bathroom that's always clean.
post #43 of 68
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Originally Posted by jdedmom View Post
I know I'm late to this party but we are a family of 5 (me and 4 boys) and we only have one bathroom. We've been here 5 years and the only time it was a problem was when I was using the toilet and DH came rushing in needing to use it immediately and almost sat down right on my lap. Seeing him come running in with his pants already down around his ankles gave me nightmares. We now joke about the "Abort Mission, Abort Mission!" moment.
post #44 of 68
We only have one bathroom, but no kids so that's a consideration.

The only time it's been a problem is when we had to do some fixing on it, and it was out of commission for about a day so we had to drive somewhere to do the big dirty deed.

The rest of the time it's a non-issue.
post #45 of 68
We now have 3 bathrooms (well, 2.5). We don't use the third one though (there is a toilet & sink in the laundry, but it's unused). The biggest issue with little kids is when they have to go NOW. We could manage without the extra bathroom, but it's nice to have (it's in our room). We were in NY for 6 months with 1 bathroom and 2 potty learning toddlers and it was interesting. We put a potty next to the toilet to give an extra space for the kids to go and not have accidents.
post #46 of 68
I don't know what I would do without my half bath. The previous owners took what used to be part of the original kitchen and created a first floor laundry room/half bath combo. We redid this room last year and, while it still needs a little decorating, looks fabulous.

Anytime we talk about another house, we will only consider a home that has at minimum 1.5 baths.
post #47 of 68
We have lived in our present home for 30 years and all this time with one bathroom. We raised three kids here and I will say that 99.9% of the time it has not been an issue. The only disadvantage has been when the bathroom needs painting!
post #48 of 68
I grew up in a big family with only one bathroom.
We survived, but my mother would have loved another bathroom!

I think one and a half baths is the ideal set up.
post #49 of 68
always one bathroom I would think 2 would be to many! It was my mopther sister and myself then it was all of us with my BIL and and nephew now it is my dp mother Ds and myself and it is just fine Ds never had accidents because if it and ours is a decent size so it is good two bathrooms would never be something I would look for if the house was perfect and just so happened to have 2 or more hten great but if not ohh well
post #50 of 68
We have only ever had 1 bathroom - never been a problem. However, we do have a "Pittsburgh toilet" - ie - a toilet in the basement, so that helps somewhat. Our primary issue is storage. It would be nice to have a second sink in the bathroom, but we get by with one.
post #51 of 68
I just wanted to point out one thing - we have 1.5 baths, and we mostly only use the upstairs one. I think we could easily have only one IF we had a one-level house. Given that we have a 2-story, I love having the half-bath on the first floor. We have some older family members for whom stairs are a real problem - I would hate for those people to not be able to visit even for the afternoon because there is no toilet they can get to. Also, if one of us were to get hurt and not be able to do stairs for awhile, it would be very helpful to have that bathroom on the main living level. I work in rehab, so it's probably just something that I think about. Not to say our half-bath is lux - it used to be the coat closet, so it is not for the claustrophobic. However, I do wish there was somewhere to put our coats.
post #52 of 68
I moved from a house with 3 bathrooms to an apt. with one bathroom and I it. Sooo glad I no longer have to clean 3 bathrooms! :
post #53 of 68
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Originally Posted by tine1973 View Post
We have only ever had 1 bathroom - never been a problem. However, we do have a "Pittsburgh toilet" - ie - a toilet in the basement, so that helps somewhat. Our primary issue is storage. It would be nice to have a second sink in the bathroom, but we get by with one.
We had a toilet in the basement as a kid in our utility/laundry room. Just a toilet there out in the open. I never knew there was a name for it!
post #54 of 68
The three of us have shared a bathroom for 3 years and it's never been a problem. Just one to clean! When I was growing up our house had 4 bathrooms and we just used one.
post #55 of 68
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Originally Posted by tine1973 View Post
We have only ever had 1 bathroom - never been a problem. However, we do have a "Pittsburgh toilet" - ie - a toilet in the basement, so that helps somewhat. Our primary issue is storage. It would be nice to have a second sink in the bathroom, but we get by with one.
I've seen toilet tank lids for sale where the water that would fill up the tank runs out a spout on top first so you can wash your hands in it, like a mini cold water sink on the back of the toilet.
post #56 of 68
We have a 3/4 bathroom for 4 people right now and we rarely have any issues with having just one toilet. Once a month myself or one of the kids will need to go when DH is in there. But we are campers so peeing outside is okay for us. In our private backyard of course. We are going to put a full bath in the basement when DH has time to work on it.
post #57 of 68
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Originally Posted by MomAndOliver View Post
Not to say our half-bath is lux - it used to be the coat closet, so it is not for the claustrophobic. However, I do wish there was somewhere to put our coats.
LOL you can't have your cake and eat it too!

It's coat closet or bathroom . . . well could make an interesting multipurpose room I guess. Kindof like going behind the coats to find the secret door except there would be a toilet there instead! :
post #58 of 68
I grew up in a house with only one bathroom and after I married our first house had only one bathroom.

I never found it problematic, but my dh HATED only having one bathroom.

I agree, one bathroom means only one bathroom to clean. :
post #59 of 68
When we were house-hunting last summer, we really thought having two bathrooms was at the top of our list. Then we visited and fell in love with a one-bathroom house. Of course.

We love our house and in a year the one bathroom hasn't been a problem at all. Our kids are still little, though, at 4 and 3, so maybe as they grow up and need more privacy or whatever, it will become more of an issue. We have a sort of vague plan to someday add another bathroom, but there are lots of things we want to accomplish before we tackle that project.
post #60 of 68
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Originally Posted by LaLaLaLa View Post
When we were house-hunting last summer, we really thought having two bathrooms was at the top of our list. Then we visited and fell in love with a one-bathroom house. Of course.

We love our house and in a year the one bathroom hasn't been a problem at all. Our kids are still little, though, at 4 and 3, so maybe as they grow up and need more privacy or whatever, it will become more of an issue. We have a sort of vague plan to someday add another bathroom, but there are lots of things we want to accomplish before we tackle that project.
Sounds like where we are right now Except we haven't moved in yet.
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