Jack and Jill Bathroom: Worth the Investment?

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Whether you’re in the process of flipping a house to sell or you’re simply thinking of renovating your own home, it’s important to understand which improvements are most likely to add resale value. And if you feel that your home could use an extra bathroom, you may be considering a Jack and Jill bathroom. But is that a good use of your money?

What is a Jack and Jill bathroom?

A Jack and Jill bathroom is a bathroom that’s accessible from two bedrooms. Many people opt to install a Jack and Jill bathroom to give their children a dedicated space to wash and clean up — one that guests won’t access.

How much does a Jack and Jill bathroom cost?

The amount of money you’ll spend on a Jack and Jill bathroom will depend on a number of factors:

  • The layout of your home.
  • The features you put in that bathroom.
  • The materials you use in that bathroom.

For example, it’s generally cheaper to install a stall shower in a bathroom than to install a shower-tub combination, so that decision will factor into your cost. Similarly, you’ll pay more for marble or stone countertops in a Jack and Jill bathroom than you will for laminate, so the details you decide to incorporate will dictate your ultimate cost.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost Vs. Value Report, an upscale bathroom addition costs an average of $91,287. Meanwhile, a mid-range bathroom addition costs $49,598. These figures are really just ballpark estimates, but they should give you an idea of what you might spend on a Jack and Jill bathroom.

Will a Jack and Jill bathroom offer a good return on investment?

You might think that having an extra bathroom to offer potential buyers will help you command top dollar for your home. But actually, according to the aforementioned report, the return on investment for both an upscale and mid-range bathroom addition is only moderate. For the former, you’re looking at recouping 54.7% of your investment when you go to sell your home. For the latter, the estimated percentage recouped is 54%. As such, you may want to focus your money on renovations that have a higher return on investment, like a minor kitchen remodel or siding replacement.

Of course, if you’re not so concerned with what return on investment you’ll get and you want a Jack and Jill bathroom to make your home more comfortable for your family, then it could be a worthwhile project to undertake even if you don’t end up getting all that much resale value from it. There’s something to be said for making home improvements that lend to a better quality of life, and there’s nothing wrong with parting with money even if your only benefit in return is getting to enjoy your home more.

Of course, if you’re flipping a home with the goal of unloading it quickly, then you’ll need to focus solely on the numbers. But if you’re talking about a home you intend to live in for years, then a Jack and Jill bathroom could be a great investment — in your own happiness.