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What is a Four-piece (4-piece) Bathroom?

A four-piece bathroom (4-pc bath) is a restroom that has four plumbing fixtures: a sink, a toilet, and two other fixtures.

Real Estate Agent Explains Four-piece Bathrooms

A fourpiece bathroom is the most common form of full bathroom. Most homes have a 4-piece bathroom upstairs near the bedrooms. Some homes also have 4-piece ensuite bathroom as well.

Four-piece bathrooms can be listed as a 4pc or 4-piece baths on real estate listings.

The four fixtures of a four-piece bath could technically be any of the following:

  • Sink, toilet, shower, bathtub (most common by far)
  • Sink, sink, toilet, bathtub
  • Sink, sink toilet, shower
  • Sink, toilet, shower, bidet
  • Sink, toilet, bathtub, bidet
  • Sink, toilet, double shower

Here is what some of the various layouts might look like (these layouts are just to show what different piece combinations could be used in a bathroom – they are not intended to be layouts for real bathrooms):

4-piece bathroom layout examples

Please note that a double shower is not two separate showers, but rather a shower that has two separate controls and shower heads and can be used by two people at one time. Bathtub/shower combinations are counted as two fixtures, but a separate bathtub and shower could also happen – for example a stall shower and a separate tub.

4-piece-Bathroom in Promenade Eaux Claires, Edmonton

An example of a 4-piece bathroom with a tub/shower combination

Why Does It Matter?

Property listings don’t have much space to describe everything about a home, but just stating the number of fixtures has been an industry standard for a long time. As with all washrooms, you never know what the fixtures really are unless you see a picture or see the bathroom itself, so it is best not to just assume what those fixtures are. Four-pieces is four pieces but what those pieces actually are can vary.

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Alan F Macdonald is a real estate agent with Maxwell Challenge Realty in Edmonton, Alberta.

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