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What is Considered a Full Bath?


February 23rd, 2017 | Bathrooms

When you’re planning a home renovation, one of the most important things to consider is the return on your investment. In other words, how will the project you’re planning affect the resale value of your home? Dollar-for-dollar, bathrooms are one of the most lucrative investments you can make–a home with an extra full bathroom will almost always command a higher price than a comparable property with fewer bathrooms. If you’re currently planning to add another bathroom to your house, you might be wondering what is considered a full bath versus a powder room, half or three-quarter bath. Here are the distinctions.

The four-out-of-four principle.

Technically speaking, if you were to add a full-bathroom onto your home, it should have all four major components that make up a bathroom: a toilet, a sink, a shower, and a tub. While a space with only a shower and no tub is technically considered a three-quarter bath, for the purpose of resale, many homebuyers will consider this a full bath. (If you’re considered building a new bathroom without a tub, check out this article). There are no space guidelines when it comes to full versus partial baths — it’s all about the functional elements it includes.

Powder rooms and half baths

These terms are interchangeable, and both are used to reference a space with a toilet and sink. While the resale value might not be as high and if you were to install a full bathroom, a powder room can also be a wonderful investment in the functionality and value of your home, especially if you live in a house with only one or two bathrooms. Compared to full bathrooms, powder rooms also require a lot less space (and less money!) to install.

For more information about adding a full bathroom addition to your home in the Boston area, get in touch with us here.


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