Adding upstairs bathroom to tricky chalet bungalow

7 Jun 2012
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United Kingdom
Bit of a conundrum:
Our house was architect-designed in 80's to be energy efficient, is modelled on an old barn, with a central south-facing sunroom with glass roof instead of tile. Either side of this central section are the two large-ish upstairs bedrooms separated by a landing and each with a large, centrally located window on the east and west outside walls. North and south sides of each bedroom have large high velux windows over built-in eaves cupboards.
Our bathroom is downstairs but we'd like at least a nice loo & shower upstairs - problem is, where to put it without destroying the symmetry of the two bedrooms.
I can't envision it without building out beyond the roof and destroying the look with an extension of some sort, or else loosing bedroom space that would destroy the symmetry of the rooms. As it is, our '3rd' bedroom is downstairs and is used as a dining room. In the future I can see us trying to sell and downsize, so an upstairs bathroom seems a must.
Anyone got any ideas? And why do chalet bungalows often have the bathroom downstairs?
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