Thinking About Adding a Bathroom
Bathroom design ideas and tips for when you want to add a new bathroom
to your home.
So you're thinking about adding another bathroom to your home.
There are many reasons to contemplate this project, ranging from
an elderly parent moving in, to your teenagers' constant fights
over the current bathroom, to wanting more space to accommodate
Whatever your reasons, adding a bathroom will enhance your home's
resale value and provide increased comfort and convenience in the
According to a 2003 cost-versus-value report from Remodeling magazine,
you could make up to 94 percent of your investment back on a $15,000
mid-range bathroom addition. That is even more than the 80 percent
this report cites for a major kitchen remodeling job.
Finding Space in Your Existing Home
The good news is that most homes offer sufficient space for another
bathroom. The first thing to do is scour your home for possible
locations; you'd be surprised at how much extra space you have in
your house if you'd just look for it.
Consider the basement, attic, under the hallway stairs, an enclosed
porch or even an empty corner of an existing room. Maybe you would
even be willing to give up a linen closet or space in a guest bedroom
to accommodate a new bathroom. Look around and see what is available
and what makes sense.
Planning the Room
Once you've taken the plunge and decided to move ahead with the
room, start by checking your local building codes to determine minimum
In general, a powder room should be at least 18 square feet, a bathroom
with a shower no smaller than 30 square feet, while a room with
both a shower and tub should be no less than 35 square feet.
You will also need the proper permits from your city before beginning
Next, get a feel for the room by using masking tape to lay out
where the fixtures will be located. A standard size toilet is usually
30 inches in width with a clearance of two feet in front. Don't
forget to map out the sink area and a tub or shower if that is in
the plan, too.
If the new space you have targeted shares a wall with an existing
bathroom or kitchen, you can save hundreds of dollars by not having
to extend the plumbing, according to Garry Gage, a 20-year West
coast plumbing veteran and consultant for FlowGuard Gold pipe and
"Plumbing also will be less expensive if the area beneath the new
bath is a basement or crawlspace without any obstructions," says
Another tip for keeping the plumbing costs low is to locate the
room as close as possible to the main waste drain, or the stack.
Gage also advises homeowners to ensure that all drains are vented
by routing them to an exterior wall or the roof to prevent sewer
gas from entering the house.
Most critical is to ensure that the area is structurally sound,
especially in an older home where floor joists may need reinforcement
in the process of adding the bath.
What are some of the products you should consider for your bathroom
The small base of this sink makes it the perfect choice especially
for a powder room where space issues may be of a concern. If positioned
across from the toilet, a pedestal sink provides more leg room when
using the toilet and also enhances the openness of the bath. These
sinks have become a very popular decorative element in today's bathrooms.
CPVC Pipe and Fittings
Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (or CPVC) which is used in FlowGuard
Gold CPVC plumbing systems, offers a number of benefits over copper
pipe. Primarily, it will never pit, scale or corrode, which eliminates
the risk of premature failures and costly re-piping. FlowGuard Gold
CPVC systems are also highly energy efficient keeping hot water
hotter and cold water colder than metallic systems. And, it virtually
eliminates condensation, significantly reducing the risk of costly
drip damage to walls, structure and contents. Even if you have copper
plumbing in the rest of your house, you can easily add CPVC pipe
using simple transition fittings. And, since CPVC pipe is connected
with a solvent cement joining system, there is no risk of fire from
a soldering torch which is required for copper pipe installation.
Special Door Configurations
If space in your new bathroom will be at a premium, consider using
a pocket door which slides out of the wall. Or, try a colonial-style
door which swings outward rather than the standard inward pattern
to save additional bathroom space.
If the space you have carved out for your room is in close proximity
to another living area, you may want to soundproof the room for
the comfort of both the person using the bathroom and those outside.
This is another reason to select FlowGuard Gold CPVC pipes, which
have been proved to be four times quieter than metallic systems.
Not only is water flow noise reduced, but water hammer (commonly
referred to as banging pipes) is virtually eliminated.
Especially if there are no windows in your new powder room, an exhaust
fan is a must. It will prevent condensation and moisture from building
up in the room.
To save space in a small bath, consider opting for a corner shower
stall. Although this alternative may be a bit smaller than a standard
shower stall, it will increase the overall space in the room.
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