Two entries to a washroom or one large walk-in-closet?

Asked by Helena, 60605 Sun Sep 5, 2010

I live in a an 875sf, 1 bdrm/1bath condo with a typical rectagular floor plan (bath and kitchen at the front door, living rm and bed rm at the opposite end--by the windows). The bathroom has two entries: the 'public' entry near the front door, and the 'private' entry through the bedroom. To access the 'private' door to the bathroom, you have to go through the bedroom and then through a 7ft long corridor with closets on both sides.
This 7ft corridor seems like wasted space, so in lieu of the cooridor and closets on either side, I would like to make that entire space into one large, walk-in closet. The only downside is that this would mean removing the 'private' access of the washroom from the bedroom. So the only way to enter the washroom would be from the door by the front door. Good move for resale? The washroom is pretty small, so it always seemed awkward to me to have 2 doors going into the space.

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Michael Vrie…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sat Apr 14, 2012
For a one bedroom condo, my suggestion would be to go for the walk-in closet, however try to "keep" as much of the door as is possible. This helps you in case your future buyer really needs a true master bath. A good handyman can likely do a great gob here.
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Michelle Car…, Agent, Coppertino, AL
Wed Mar 16, 2011
Leave the door from the bedroom and still incorporate the walk-in closet. It is a negative to only have public access. It changes it from a master suite to just a 1 br, 1 ba.
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Lori Murray, , Chicago, IL
Wed Sep 8, 2010
Hi Helena,

A large walk-in closet would be a good choice for a one bedroom condo. If you had a second bedroom, I would most likely advice another bathroom door.

Good luck with your home project!
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My Pro Handy…, , Long Beach, CA
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Why not both? Removing the closet doors along the 7' walkway and adding an entry door from the bedroom is of course what will define the walk-in closet. If you leave the access door to the bathroom from that walkway you would be creating a private walk-in closet/dressing area in the bedroom. This is a high end selling feature if you install an attractive inexpensive closet organizing system that will maximize functional space. Add some color to one wall and replace the overheard fixture with an inexpensive 3-5 small can track light ( see IKEA). With locks on both doors in the bathroom you then have a multi-function dressing room-closet-master bath with a public powder room in one. Note: If you draw it out on graph paper you will see that you barely sacrifice any hanging space ( 2' ?) leaving the door in the dressing area.
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Jamie King, Agent, Hinsdale, IL
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Helena,
Definitely, single entry to the bathroom and add the walk-in closet.
Jamie King
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Mon Sep 6, 2010
Hi Helena:

Go with the walk in closet, it will be great for resale.

Good luck
Perry
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Dianna Voss…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Mon Sep 6, 2010
I would go for the closet space which would be a positive re-sale. Most people are looking for closet space and this would maintain the privacy of the bedroom. Most people do not want guest going through their bedroom to get to the bathroom.
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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Sun Sep 5, 2010
Walk in closets are always a huge positive in a one bedroom. I would do it in a heartbeat!

Matt Laricy
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
mlaricy@americorpre.com
708-250-2696
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Aaron Schrei…, Other Pro, Leavenworth, WA
Sun Sep 5, 2010
The walk-in closet is a bigger selling point, especially for a 875 sq ft condo. If it's only 1 bedroom you need the public entry rather than the private.
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My Pro Handy…, , Long Beach, CA
Sun Sep 5, 2010
Most one bedroom apartments only have a bath accessible through the bedroom. That said, having an entrance to the bath from the public area is a big plus as it functions as a powder room. Most people prefer to maintain the privacy of their bedroom when entertaining - especially if there are overnight guests in the living room that need to access the bathroom during the night or morning. You might consider maximizing your closet space in another way. Organize to the max! Redesign with a system of hanging space, shelves, bins and drawers that look great and maximizes every inch. IKEA and Lowe's have inexpensive systems. Then you have two great buyer features: 1) a guest access bath and 2) an impressive amount of closet space for a one bedroom apartment. Note: try mirroring the bath door at the end of the 7 foot corridor and adding small track lights down the center. It is functional and will enliven the area.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Sun Sep 5, 2010
Helena, this is a project that can easily be undone, so if you want the closet space, go for it.

When it comes time to sell, you can address whether you want to restore the floor plan or not.
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Vincent J Ca…, Agent, Salinas, CA
Sun Sep 5, 2010
Walk-in Closets are alway a plus for resale. As long as the Bathroom is accessable from a public area you should be fine. You just want to avoid the only bathroom entrance being from the Bedroom. You are on the right track.
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