Let’s take a look at the Master Bathroom.
Everyone knows that a house with a master bathroom is worth more than one that does not---right?
This house was a 50’s ranch so there was only one bathroom and all the bedrooms shared it---even the master bedroom. That is the way they did things in the 50’s. Having only one bathroom made houses less expensive too.
Anyway, this homeowner decided that it would be nice to at least have access to the bathroom from the master bedroom, so they put a door in. Here we can see the interior of the bathroom and the gorgeous sunken tub from the Master Bedroom.
I have friends that would not consider this a door.
But let’s assume you are able to get yourself into the bathroom to enjoy this custom sunken tub.
My first reaction when I saw this tub, to myself, was: “Oh S***!” Now you might think that my reaction would be something more related to how cool it was or how creative it was. However, I know enough about how things are built that my immediate reaction proved to be accurate. While I don’t normally fill tubs all the way up, this one I did. If this tub had leaks I wanted to know about it.
Sure enough it was spraying water into the crawl space from several locations and had been doing so for quite some time—at least when it was used as a tub.
There will be no “repair” of this tub, it will have to be redone completely.
While these sorts of “homemade” features can be fun---they better be done properly.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board