What is in Bath

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What is in Bath

What is in Bath
The bathroom provides practical functionality, and welcome privacy.

What is in bath is your private oasis to escape from the household stresses, and responsibilities if only for a short while.

Whether it be the master bath, the main bath, the extra bath, or the half bath, it provides practical functionality, and welcome privacy.

The bath has come a long way from the once a week Saturday night family ritual where the steel tub was wheeled into the kitchen and filled with hot water using pots and pans.

Also known as a powder room, lavatory, restroom, washroom, or just plain toilet, the bath provides us with a level of convenience that was beyond the imagination of our ancestors.

Today’s baths feature large dual vanities, custom mirrors, separate shower, and a separate bath that often includes whirlpool, and massaging jet options.

Self flushing elongated toilets, bidets, and extensive cabinet, and closet space are also often seen.  Single handle faucets with matching finishes adorn the dual sinks, and portable, massaging shower heads allow for a convenient, relaxing, and invigorating showering experience.

I will explain the importance of the bathroom for resale of your property, and what the better master baths, and main baths consist of.

I will also tell you where it makes sense to add a bath to your home for your own enjoyment, and for resale considerations.

Importance of Bathrooms for Resale

An extensive survey was taken from potential home buyers, and Realtors as to which rooms in the house were the most important to them.

The results of the survey listed only the kitchen as a more important room to buyers and Realtors than the master bathroom or the main bathroom.

What is in Bath
An updated master or main bath can help your home sell faster and for more money.

In addition, the seller can expect to realize a higher selling price if the bathrooms have the latest amenities, and floors, cabinets, counters, and new or fully updated sinks.

The seller can also expect the home to spend less time on the market, as it will sell quicker with updated baths in most cases.

Ideally, you want to have a separate shower, and a separate tub in the master bathroom. Dual vanities or two separate sinks and faucets are also ideal.

The separate tub should be easily accessible and safe, both going in, and stepping out.  The floors should be water resistant, and slip resistant.

The shower should have enough space to move around easily, and a hand operated shower head option is also a good idea.

A high boy or taller toilet seat is often appreciated as it makes sitting down and getting up easier for most people.  Also, an elongated toilet helps make the target easier to hit, and minimizes toilet and floor cleanup.

The average person spends about 5 years of their lives in the bathroom. It just makes sense to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

Another nice touch is to add a bidet.  You won’t see bidets in every master bath, but the ones that do have them will usually get a very positive reaction

What is a bidet?  Suffice it to say that a bidet produces an upward stream of water that replaces the need for toilet paper.

These can either be a completely separate unit from the toilet, or you can add the bidet feature to your existing toilet.

Even if your main bathroom is the hall full bath, I  strongly suggest that you spend the money and the time to have it updated, if it’s not already.

You should be able to recoup at least the cost of the upgrades, and labor if you hire it out, when you put your house on the market.  You may even be able to see some extra profit, as a result of the renovation.

Bathroom Components
What is in Bath
Bathroom components like this faucet can be added by itself, or as part of a complete bath renovation.

These are the components that are available that can make your bathroom stand out.  The good news is, you can add or replace these items piece meal, or as part of a complete bathroom build or renovation.

Vanities  Choose from single, dual, corner, free standing, and floating vanities.

Vanity Tops  Pick from single or dual, various colors, styles, finishes, sizes, and manufacturers.

Backsplashes and Sidesplashes  Different finishes, colors, materials, and manufacturers are available.

Bath Sink Faucets  Options are single handle faucets, two handle faucets with 4″ center sets, offset center sets, different finishes, and various manufacturers.

Shower Heads  These items come in various sizes with different stream options, different finishes, and different manufacturers.  Virtually all fit the same size shower arms.

Bathtub Faucets  Various finishes, center sets(distance from mid of one hole to another), manufacturers, and tub spout lengths. Also, includes diverter spouts if tub/shower combination.

Toilets and Toilet Seats  Toilets come in regular bowl, elongated bowl, with different size tanks, water saver features, different rough-in lengths(distance from wall to center of hole in the floor), various hardware, different colors, and various manufacturers.

Composting toilets, and ADA compliant toilets are also available. Toilet seats can be round, elongated, raised, raised with handle, split, and even heated for those chilly areas.

Bathtubs and Whirlpool Tubs  Many different types of bathtubs are offered today. These include alcove tubs, drop-in bathtubs, freestanding tubs, clawfoot tubs, walk-in tubs, soaking bathtubs, and bathtub and shower combinations.

Whirlpool tubs massage aches and pain using high pressure jets that generate a swirling bath.   Air bathtubs generate an invigorating massage action with the use of low pressure jets from the bottom with heated air bubbles.

Combination tubs use a combination of whirlpool jets from the whirlpool and the heated air bubbles of the air bathtub that can be utilized independently or together.

Other Bathroom Components  include showers and shower doors,  bathroom and pedestal sinks, bathroom and vanity mirrors, bath hardware and accessories, medicine cabinets, bathroom storage, bath fans, and bathroom safety items.

Adding a Bath 
What is in Bath
Adding a bath to the lower level is an appealing idea.

It is a common practice today for a homeowner or an investor to add a bath to their homes.

You often see a full bath added to the lower level of a home when this lower level is being finished or partially finished.

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It is very possible to realize a profit from this addition when selling the home.  Of course, one could add a half bath to the lower level instead of a full bath.

This is less expensive, and will add some value to the home, as a result.  However, if finances allow, it is preferable to add the full bath to the basement.

This full bath along with a bedroom or sleeping area in the finished section will allow for an ideal guest visiting arrangement.  This appeals enormously to potential buyers, and will help you see a higher selling price, and a faster home sale in many cases.

It is also a good idea to add a half bath to your main level if there is not already one there.  This may be a bit of a challenge depending on the interior structure, but if it is doable without a lot of hassle and added expense, it will also add convenience, appeal, and value to your home.

What is in Bath – Conclusion

What is in bath is your private oasis to escape from the household stresses, and responsibilities if only for a short while.

Whether it be the master bath, the main bath, the extra bath, or the half bath, it provides practical functionality, and welcome privacy.

An extensive survey was taken from potential home buyers, and Realtors as to which rooms in the house were the most important to them.

The results of the survey listed only the kitchen as a more important room to buyers and Realtors than the master bathroom or the main bathroom.

The average person spends about 5 years of their lives in the bathroom. It just makes sense to make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

Bathroom components can be purchased separately or as part of a complete bathroom build or renovation.

Some typical bathroom components are vanities, vanity tops, bath sink faucets, shower heads, bathtub faucets, toilets and toilet seats, and bathtubs and whirlpool tubs.

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It is a common practice today for a homeowner or an investor to add a bath to their homes.

You often see a full bath added to the lower level of a home when this lower level is being finished or partially finished. Doing so can add value, appeal, and convenience to your home.

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4 thoughts on “What is in Bath”

  1. Great post. I agree that bath is one of the most important spots of the house. Whether renting or buying besides the kitchen and other rooms bathrooms are that much important.

  2. I love it! Some sellers really just don’t get how much emphasis some buyers place on bathrooms. I got a bidet about a year ago, and it is one of the best household investments I’ve ever made. I’d also make sure there is enough room in the bath for an adult to sit down and stretch out his legs in. The bath in our apartment is useless for that. Thank you for this article, Tom. I wish every seller would read it.

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