Usually, in standard size houses you would see 2 bedrooms per bathroom. A standard home design layout with 3 bedrooms for example would normally have 2 bathrooms, or at least 1-3/4 bathrooms which is a bathroom with a shower instead of a tub. (A full bathroom always has a tub and that is the standard.) So, bottom line, when you find a home with more than two bedrooms and only 1 bathroom, you can be sure that the house was a 2 bedroom/1bath to which more bedrooms were added.
Last year, while I was looking for properties to buy and repair (the so called “fixer uppers”), I visited a house in the College area in San Diego with a very strange configuration. The home had 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms which mathematically makes no sense to me. The original structure was built in the forties but it was obvious that the home had undergone a big remodel/addition obviously without a home design layout that worked. One of the bathrooms was located inside the biggest bedroom which made that room the master bedroom and the other bathroom was shared by the rest of the bedrooms, 4 bedrooms total. That 4/1 ratio makes no sense and here is why: If we were to have one person per bedroom in that house, four people would have to take turns to use the only bathroom in that house because the one inside the master bedroom is obviously private. Continue reading