You might have times you wish you had an extra bathroom or powder room in your house and you’re not alone! And you may be able to add a bathroom to your home which will make life more convenient, but will increase your home value. Worst case scenario you have to take a few square feet from your yard and do a true addition. Here’s what you need to consider when adding a bathroom to your home.
And we at Prima Kitchen and Bath would love to help you with your bathroom remodel, so feel free to request a free bathroom remodel quote if you live in the Uniontown and Fayette County area.
Read on to get great tips on bathroom additions to your home in Fayette County, PA!
Where will you put it?
Bathrooms don’t take up much space and that’s a good thing! For starters, you may just want to plan on a half bath with about 3 ft. x 6 ft. of space. That’s plenty to allow for a towel rod, perhaps a shelf or two for spare towels and decorations, and not feel cramped. If you’re planning some heavier remodeling (which you can request a free Uniontown, PA remodeling quote here), you could consider a smaller half bath if you build in a sliding “pocket door.” These doors slide into the wall most of the way so there’s no door swing path to allow for.
You should allow around 5 ft. x 8 ft. or more for a full bath – you could go a little smaller if just a shower, and go bigger if you want to include a tub and shower, or other bathroom accessories.
If you want to include the bathroom within the floorplan of your home, look for dead space like under a stairwell, in enclosed closets, and similar spaces. Can you add a dormer on your house? If so, you can put the bathroom (or half bath) there.
Can plumbing and electrical be easily run to that new bathroom?
When adding a new bathroom, you’ve got to stick to current building codes for your area. It may be simple or silly things, but you want to make sure the work is done right too. You want to make sure that adding a bathroom won’t disrupt your septic system or cause you to have to rewire the whole house.
The easiest way to add a bathroom of course is to tie into existing plumbing, so putting two bathrooms back to back, or one stacked on the floor above or below is ideal. This is most important for the toilet vent stack. It’s expensive to install another one. You can even add a bathroom to your basement, but it will need a special pump if it’s below the sewer line. And if you have a crawlspace or basement under where the new bathroom is going, that’s much easier than a slab foundation for a house, because you won’t be busting through concrete to run pipes.
How are you going to vent your bathroom?
It’s important (and often required) to have a vent installed in the bathroom. Ideally there should be a window, skylight, or bathroom fan. You want airflow to prevent moisture buildup, and a fan is useful even if you do plan to have a bathroom window.
Looking at adding a new bathroom to your house?
We at Prima Kitchen and Bath would love to help make your new bathroom a reality! We provide bathroom remodeling services in southwestern Pennsylvania, mainly focused on Uniontown and Fayette County, PA. Request a free quote today!