Bathroom Remodel: How Many Pieces Do You Want?

3Rs Construction Bathroom Remodel

Can You Have Three-Quarters of a Bathroom?

3Rs Construction Answers The Question!


Toilets and showers and sinks …oh my!

When seeking to get some clarity on what is meant by a three piece bathroom (or four piece, or five piece…) 3Rs met with some unforeseen controversy. Who woulda’ thought?

3Rs Consstruction Bathroom Remodel - Toilets, showers & sinks

It seems like it would be pretty simple but even realtors are divided on how to define bathrooms with a variety of fixtures. Plumbers have their opinion based on how many plumbing connections are installed. Someone even said it only matters what an inspector calls it. Ha!


There are many decisions that need to be made when remodeling a bathroom. 3Rs Construction & Remodeling is here to help as your trusted contractor in Salem, Oregon.

So, here’s the skinny on what seems to be the most common definitions:

3Rs Construction half bathroom remodelHalf Bath

A sink, and toilet
This could technically be called a two-piece.
(This is the one size that’s agreed on.)

3Rs Construction three quarter bathroom remodel¾ Bath

Sink, Toilet and Tub
Sink, Toilet and Shower
Either variation is a three-piece. (but not called a full bath) Really?

3Rs Construction full bathroom remodelFull Bath

Sink, Toilet, Tub and Shower
Sink, Toilet, Tub/Shower Combo
Both are also considered a four-piece.

3Rs Construction four piece bathroom remodel4-Piece

Sink, Sink, Toilet and Tub
Sink, Toilet, Shower, Bidet
Both of these are a four-piece, but not full.
(Apparently a tub AND a shower make it full)

3Rs Construction five piece bathroom remodel5-Piece

Sink, Sink, Toilet, Tub and Shower
Sink, Toilet, Tub, Shower, Bidet
Sink, Toilet, Tub/Shower, Urinal
                               (You probably get it by now…)
Any combination of 5 plumbing fixtures

Does it Really Matter? Who Really Cares?

Bathroom Remodel DesignWell, in the grand scheme of things, bathroom definition probably isn’t on the top of anyone’s list of major issues but it might make a difference if you are planning a bathroom remodel or new construction. If you’re buying or selling a home, make sure you communicate with your realtor about those definitions. There does seem to be some regional influences too. (That includes the definition of en suite! But, we won’t cover that here.)

When a bathroom remodel is in order, consider creating a space with realistic function and resale value.  A full bath or five-piece bathroom is desirable for a master suite; a double sink is nice for a shared space; and a half bath is just fine for guests.  Of course, your unique floor plan will play a role in the decision-making when it comes time to design a bathroom remodel. When that’s in place, then you get to work on all the fun options for finishes, color, and style.

A bathroom remodel will require a permit and inspections. Be sure to rely on professionals to provide framing, electrical, plumbing, sheetrock, and finishing so that your beautiful new bathroom is done to code. If you need help designing and remodeling a bathroom, 3Rs Construction & Remodeling in Salem, Oregon is a general contractor you can trust.

3Rs Construction Management Salem OregonGive us a call for a free estimate on your bathroom remodel. Whether it is a four-piece, full, half, or three-quarters, 3Rs Construction & Remodeling will work with you to create the bathroom that’s just right for you. Use our handy website contact page or call our office, 503-363-1059.

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