We all hear the word ensuite when it comes to home features. It is on the real estate listings and featured on property renovation and buying shows. But what is it really? And why are they so popular?
Ensuites (sometimes mis-spelled as “onsuites” or “on suites”) have been popular since the 1950s. In real estate, ensuites (en suite or attached bath) are bathrooms that are connected to a bedroom. En-suite literally means “in the room”, but now the combined word usually refers to a bathroom that is directly connected to a room. Most often an ensuite is connected to the master bedroom.
En suites are thought of as private washrooms, and are never built off of common areas like hallways. An ensuite bathroom can have anywhere between two and six plumbing fixtures, ranging all the way from a half bath to a full bathroom with Jacuzzi tub! A large closet in an older home may sometimes be converted into a bathroom to make an ensuite.
An ensuite is popular because of privacy, proximity, and convenience. They are very close by at night and since there are no hallways to walk down there is less likelihood of disturbing other people in the home. Because ensuites are directly connected to bedrooms themselves, they are much more private than bathrooms that are off hallways or kitchens. For example, parents can have their own bathroom while their kids have theirs.
Nowadays, If a house has two bathrooms on the second floor, chances are one of them is an ensuite. And many bungalows have ensuites too – provided they were built since the 1960s. Ensuites are often seen as a good selling feature for home they are a sought after home remodel.
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