6 Tips for Planning Bathroom Additions

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There are several reasons why bathroom additions are a good idea. For example, your household may have outgrown the available bathrooms, or you may want to upgrade your lifestyle. Creating a master bathroom, adding a guest bathroom, or designing a children’s bathroom will improve the quality of life in your household. Another reason for a bathroom addition may be to accommodate the needs of an elderly or disabled person. The additions make the home a lot more convenient and comfortable while increasing its value. It is possible to make your addition in a cost-effective way guided by a number of useful tips.

1. Choose Location

Locate any extra space within the house you can convert into a bathroom. The space could be in the basement, an empty corner or even under the stairs in the hallway. Consider splitting some small space from the large rooms in your house and converting the space into an en-suite bathroom.

2. Plan the Bathroom Size

You will have to add a bathroom that fits the available space. A room that is 18-feet square will accommodate a powder room or a half bath. A room that is 30-feet square will be sufficient for a bathroom with a shower. A bathroom with a shower and a bathtub will require 35-feet square.

3. Consider Who Will Use the Bathroom

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Think about who will be using your new bathroom to help you determine which bathroom fixtures to install. An elderly or disabled person’s bathroom, for example, will require easy accessibility.

4. Map Out Fixtures

Use masking tape to outline the proposed location of all fixtures. Add an extra two feet in front of the toilet. Outline the shower, bathtub, and sink as well. Map out the cabinets and drawers for your storage space and the lighting.

5. Cost-Effective Bathroom Additions

Three women sharing a bathroom

Establishing a space adjoining two bedrooms will help you add a shared bathroom that will serve both bedrooms. The bathroom can also have a bedroom and a hallway. Choosing a space that shares a wall with the kitchen or another bathroom is a cost-effective measure because you will not have to extend plumbing. An additional bathroom situated close to the main waste drain will also reduce plumbing costs while locating the bathroom above the basement will ease plumbing and electricity connection. A corner shower is ideal to save space.

6. Special Considerations

Bathroom additions located close to the living room require ample soundproofing to make it comfortable. It is necessary to install an exhaust fan in a bathroom addition that has no window to releasing moisture. Match the décor of your bathroom with the rest of your house.