The French are keen on hiding their toilets in odd corners, some seem to think that one is enough for an entire household however large. A salle de bain need not contain one at all.
Then there is the question of what to call a shower room in French, salle d’eau? salle de douche?
However you decide to label these spaces, almost all of you consider this kind of plumbing absolutely essential for 21st century life. It’s all relative. We have endured a number of “facilities” during our epic renovation:- flushing toilet behind front door, off grid toilet (with a bucket to flush), ditto with temporary plastic plumbing, new toilet in shower room (hooray!!!) basins with and without warm water, showers attached and not attached to any water supply, bathing by pouring heated water over oneself whilst standing in a large plastic box while your partner howls with laughter… okay, okay, enough.
The point I am trying to make is that you will save time and much angst by deciding early on exactly what YOU want in the end product; not the neighbours, not the possibly opinionated friends, not the family, not even the plumber, who will all have their own idea of what YOU should have. Don’t go down the easy road if you are going to regret it later. Listen to me and save a load of grief .
What do I want? (1) a toilet on at least two of the three floors, including one right by our bedroom
Le bain, la baignoire, la salle de bain, la salle d’eau, la salle de douche.