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Smaller than normal bathroom doors - HELP!!!!

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Mike Garrett RAA

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I just finished an inspection on a relatively new home in the $200,000 price range. Walked right by a half bath because the door was a 2 - 0. Same thing in the finished basement level....2 - 0 door for a 3/4 bath.

Have never seen this before....have any of you? If it is not typical, would you adjust for a functional problem and if so ...how much.

And to think you thought I knew it all!! LOL.
 
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Now I know that I'm smaller than most. I just measured my bathroom door and it's 2'0". I've never noticed or thought of it as narrow and never had anyone mention it was narrow. This place was built in 1984.

Now you have me thinking about this. Waiting for others to answer.
 

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton

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My house built in 1962 had a 24" door on the master bath and a 30" door on the main bath. I see that quite frequently in a lot of older homes. I guess they thought the kids would be fighting to get in the bathroom--so bigger doors would be needed and a couple would be polite and let one person through the door? Replaced my 24" door with a 36", installed a pedistal sink and roll in shower without walls for my future wheelchair days. But I have never noticed in any market any discount for the smaller master bath door.
 

Dee Dee

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Errr, Mike....
Are you sure that, rather than the door being too small, that perhaps you've put on a few pounds? <running, ducking & laughing>

Dee Dee (not so Darlin' now, am I? :lol: )
 

Farm Gal

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I personally think a 2-0 door on a modern upscale house is rediculous!
I see it all the time in our local market, and there does not apear to be any adverse market reaction. I think they like the wall area!

I don't particularly object to small doors on older homes, but don't want one on MY house!

40 miles away (in a slightly more enlightened area) buyers have voted their pocketbook and it is becoming less common, although I am not sure there is any specific market reaction to existing homes.
 

Charlotte Dixon

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Mike...I've been seeing more and more of these narrow doors in our area. And like was said earlier, I wouldn't want them in my home, either. It seems to be typical for our area, thus no adjustments. Now, how do I handle this $600,000 home on the golf course with 2 bedrooms & 3,000 sfla? :lol:
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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Aren't we getting picky about the width of bathroom doors? If it was an issue to a buyer, they would not buy it. How wide are people up there in Colorado? How big does your bathtub have to be? Commercial toilets only? Do you deduct for a double oven versus a single oven? It really seems like a minor issue, especially if it is typical in some homes. I just had a home buyer who demanded a paint and carpet allowance on a home because he did not like the colors (blues and pinks in the bedrooms, blue carpet, he wanted white walls and beige carpet). I kind of liked the colors and saw nothing wrong with the ones in the home. He was lucky the home was under listed or the carpet and paint allowance would not have made it.[/b]
 

Dee Dee

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The state of Colorado was voted number one by one of the major fitness magazines for having the leanest population in the country. But we need wider doors so that our big heads can fit through them.
 

Mountain Man

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8O Does a 2-0 door mean that there is functional obsolescence in a porta-potty?
Mell.
 
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<span style='color:blue'>You said there was one for the 1/2 bath and one in the finished basement. I'm not sure if I would bother with the adjustment but you might want to investigate who did the work. Were they both part of the original construction or were the additions made after the fact?

I've seen plenty of 24" doors in finished basements but they are usually on a closet enclosing a sump pump or other plumbing. If I'm close to the assessors office, I'll check for any building permits on file. If I don't find one and it's an obvious home owner weekend project, I'll notate it. I know codes in my area are minimum 30".

Later
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