The main purpose of any home renovation is to increase utility, although in the case of bathrooms, adding to the value of your home is also a major consideration since kitchen and bathroom upgrades tend to show the best return on investment. Of course, you’ll want any remodel in your home to produce an aesthetically pleasing space, as well, but that’s really secondary to the functionality. And for many homeowners, creating a Jack and Jill bathroom is a great way to make a home more livable for all of its inhabitants, especially if they happen to be roommates or siblings that are stuck sharing only one bathroom. However, you need to make sure that you follow a few guidelines when creating or upgrading this shared space. So here are a few tips that should help to ensure you get the functional, stylish, and valuable addition you crave.
- Locking doors. Any time you have a bathroom that opens to two bedrooms, as with the traditional Jack and Jill style, or to one or more bedrooms and a hallway, it’s imperative that the doors have locks for the sake of privacy. You might not need a lock on a master bedroom en suite, since a closed door will indicate that the room is in use. But since those using a Jack and Jill bathroom may only open and close their own door during use, leaving the others closed at all times, it could be hard to use this method to determine when the bathroom is occupied. Locks are therefore essential to ensuring that nobody is disturbed when using the space. In addition, you may want to include locks on both sides of the doors so that inhabitants can seal their bedrooms against unwanted intrusion.
- Double sink. If you’ve ever had to share a bathroom you’re probably aware that fighting over the sink at certain times of day is a given. So if you’re going to force kids or roommates to share a bathroom, at least give them each their own sink and counter space. Double sinks are a common feature of Jack and Jill bathrooms.
- Lighting. You’ll have to double up on a lot of features when you build a Jack and Jill bathroom in your home, and lighting is one of them. This isn’t to say you need extra lighting, per se (although two sinks and two mirrors will likely necessitate two sets of vanity lighting). But you will almost certainly want to wire in two switches (or three, depending on hallway access) so that there is one placed by each door in the room. This is only practical since stumbling across the bathroom in the dark in search of a light switch is hardly safe.
- Tub or shower? Traditionally, Jack and Jill bathrooms have only a shower rather than a tub. This could be due to the presence of multiple sinks taking up space or it may be geared towards utility, reducing the amount of time people are likely to spend in the bathroom. Whereas a tub might promote long soaks, most people aren’t likely to spend hours in the shower. That said, you might want to upgrade to a tub and shower setup if you have the space simply because it will create a full bath, adding to the selling points and the overall value of your property.
- Separate rooms. Some Jack and Jill setups are designed with separations so that the sinks may be reached from either bedroom, but the shower and toilet are situated behind a third locking door. The idea here is that one person can use the shower or toilet while the other takes advantage of the sink and mirror area. Of course, this option will make both rooms smaller. So if you want to include a tub or add a biffy fromBidetKing, you’d probably be out of luck. Generally speaking, a larger bathroom is going to serve as a better selling point than a separated sink area, even if the latter may provide for greater utility.