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Basement Bathroom - 2 piece or 3 piece?

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Basement Bathroom - 2 piece or 3 piece?

I have a builder roughed-in basement bathroom for a toilet, vanity and shower. The room is 8x8 so not overly small or large, but may look odd with just a vanity and toilet.

I'm wondering if I need a shower. We have two full bathrooms on the top floor. I have a 4-year-old and imagine it'll be 10+ years before the shower would get any regular use. I would almost never use the shower, apart from the odd time I need to shower early in the morning or late at night.

Everything is roughed in, so there would be minimal additional work to do the shower at a future date.

Has anyone been down this road before? What decision did you make?
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No one has ever installed a 3 piece washroom and wished they hadn't put in the shower. But many people who put powder rooms in the basement....
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We finished our basement 6 years ago and put in a full 3-piece bathroom in the basement (with a stand-in shower). 4 years later, we decided to renovate the main and 2nd floors so for a few weeks we lived out of our basement while the contractor worked upstairs. Wouldn't have been possible if we didn't put in a shower in the basement.
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It would be best to add in shower now too as well, doesn’t make sense to not add it in if you know you will eventually need it. Depending on type of shower rough in location might not workout, best to layout the room completely now.
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Go with the 3 piece...you won't regret it. It'll cost far more if you decide to do it in the future after the initial reno.
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Put it in now, you will hate the fact you didn't later when you are doing more work to add it in than you thought it would take. Odds are the drain won't be in the right spot for a shower base if you go that route. And if you build a shower from scratch, you are going to hate starting that out in an otherwise finished room. I hate the fact the prior owners of my house only put a 2 piece in our basement. My son took over a room down there and has to go to the second floor for the shower and we have had family come stay with us and set up portable beds in the basement family room and a full bathroom down there would have been great for them as well.
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3 piece for sure to future proof, will cost less than a retrofit as well
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Here's a second question. Tub or shower?
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RCGA wrote: Here's a second question. Tub or shower?
I would prefer 'shower'. It's basement, emergency or quick!
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Less potential issues and or failure points with a good quality tub, but I prefer a shower as well.
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