Design Do’s and Don’t’s for Houses with One Bathroom

When you’re remodeling homes with just one bathroom, there are certain things that might not be the best upgrades for that home in order to make it work for most families. Remodeling the bathroom properly in a one-bathroom home is vital to making sure that it is appealing to as many possible homeowners as possible. There are also other remodel ideas that will limit the amount of prospective homeowners that are interested in your property and limit the value of the property that you are trying to sell.

The following are some do’s and don’ts for remodeling a home that has only one bathroom:

Design DO’S:

  • DO budget for the unexpected because problems can occur throughout your bathroom renovation. Issue such as hidden water damage or a leaking shower can cost you a lot more money than you planned to spend on your remodel. Budgeting 10-25% extra for those sorts of issues can help you offset any unexpected costs associated with your remodel.
  • DO hide the toilet in as discreet of a place as possible. Whether you make a separate area or room for the toilet or hide it behind the door, it should never be the only thing you see when you walk in. Keeping the most personal part of the bathroom private can pay big dividends, especially if it’s the only bathroom in the entire house.
  • DO choose appropriate surfaces that are resistant to children and can accommodate the disabled. Remember, you only have one bathroom so you want to make it as usable and appealing to as many potential buyers as possible. Ensuring that it’s durable enough for children to use and to withstand the daily use of everyone in the family is key to keeping the bathroom one that will not have to get remodeled again just a few years from now.
  • DO splurge on the shower and make the design as tasteful as possible. Upgrading to a Roman style bathtub/shower combo and choosing a shower head with multiple settings can help the only bathroom in the house appeal to as many buyers as possible. It also helps increase water efficiency to help keep the household water bills in check while still providing a great showering/bathing experience to the homeowners.
  • DO make sure that there is room on the vanity for people to use to get ready. Whether someone is doing their hair or putting on their makeup, having adequate counter space to store their toiletry and hygiene items is appreciated.
  • DO offer drawers and cabinets in the bathroom for additional storage.

Design DON’TS:

  • DON’T simply decide to have either a tub or a shower as families with children will almost always need a combination so the adults can shower and kids can bathe.
  • DON’T forget to include appropriate ventilation in the bathroom to prevent mold or mildew growth. That is key especially if the home only has one bathroom. Homeowners do not want or need those issues in the only bathroom in the house. It’s also hazardous to health.
  • DON’T forget to creative with your storage options, whether it’s cabinets, a drawer, a medicine cabinet, or other shelving in the restroom that be both functional and great for decoration.
  • DON’T pick design over function. There is one bathroom in the home the family needs it to function over looking like a luxury designer spa space.
  • DON’T design for the future. The family is living in the now and need the bathroom to function for the now and not what someone will want 50 years in the future.

These design DO’S and DON’TS will help you create a bathroom that’s functional for the entire family. It’s important when the house only has one bathroom to make the most of the design and space you have.


One bathroom homes can be a challenge to design and sell, but with planning and expertise these DO’S and DON’TS can provide the homeowner with a bathroom that the entire family can use. That makes your single-bathroom homes all the more marketable.