Adding A Bathroom

Keystone Homes | Home Remodel: Adding a bathroom


So, you're underway with your home remodel and you're thinking about adding a bathroom? Maybe you haven't started yet, but you're thinking you'd like to modernize and expand your bathroom. In any case, we'd like to help.


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Why Add A Bathroom?


Adding a new bathroom can make your home more comfortable for the whole family, and it’s a practical alternative to remodeling your whole house. With that said, there is time and work involved, and there are a number of challenges to confront, costs to cover, and questions to answer involved in adding a bathroom.


Questions include: how much time and work is involved? How much does plumbing a new bathroom cost? Will the new addition provide you a good return on investment?


A homeowner's first step is deciding where to add the new bathroom, which depends on whether the homeowners want another bathroom for guests, for their children or a master bathroom for themselves. If the floor plan of your home permits, you can add a new bathroom right next to one that already exists for this same reason. The further you have to run new plumbing through the walls, the more you’ll have to pay.


What To Know? Things To Consider Before Adding A Bathroom:


The first question you should ask yourself before undertaking any bathroom remodel is whether  you want a shower, a tub, or both.

  • A bathtub will benefit a household with young children but may be of little use to a homeowner without kids. An older couple might want a safety tub.
  • In adding a bathroom, you want to make sure you address all the small details, including your showerhead. You can opt for a massaging showerhead or one that remembers your temperature preferences. You can keep it simple and install a showerhead with a single setting, or a modern, low-flow showerhead system designed to minimize water usage.


The second question you might ask about your bathroom is related to flooring.

  • Tiles are available in linoleum, ceramic, glass, stone and other materials and come in various sizes and colors. Different colors and shapes can make your shower stand out, while a unified look incorporating matching shower and floor tiles offers the appearance of a continuous floor design.
  • Slate and other natural stones are popular, though some stone types require a lot of maintenance and some may simply be unsuitable for a shower. 

  • Whatever material and color you go with, use tiles no larger than 6 inches on your shower floor. Tiles will need to be slightly angled toward the drain, and grout between the tiles adds slip resistance.


When adding a bathroom, you'll also want to give serious thought to toilets, sinks, and fixtures. These details are often make or break on a bathroom remodel or addition project.

  • Your fixtures should complement and match the rest of the bathroom. Stainless steel faucets paired with brushed brass cabinet hardware will make your bathroom look cheap and cobbled together -- no matter how much you’ve spent. The key to an attractive fixture upgrade is a uniform look.
  • There are several different styles for toilets and sinks in today's market. Most are high-efficiency models, and some offer an old fashioned look combined with modern engineering.


Towel Racks & Cabinetry

The last but not least of your bathroom addition and remodel questions will likely involve towel racks, cabinetry, and other fixtures. They might seem like inconsequential details, but hardware such as hinges and handles can also be the perfect accent to finish off a bathroom. 


Average Cost: The cost of towel racks and cabinetry hardware ranges from only a few dollars for basic models to more than $100 for designer names. The cost will depend entirely on the style for which you’re shopping.


Where To Put Your New Bathroom


If you're thinking about adding a bathroom but don't know where you'd put it, have no fear. A bathroom can be squeezed into an amazingly small space. An area 3 feet by 5 feet handles a sink and toilet; 3 feet by 8 feet is enough for a shower too, especially with today's available shower enclosures.


Homes with crawl spaces underneath can give a homeowner much more leeway in deciding where they want the new bathroom to be. This means less work required and less money spent, since the plumbing and wiring can go mostly under the house rather than through the walls.


1) Hallway: The untraveled end may provide just enough space
2) Closets Back-to-Back: adjoining closets sometimes measure as much as 4 feet by 4 feet, just enough to squeeze a small bathroom.

3) First-Floor Laundry:  Streamline the laundry room with modern stackable washer/dryer appliances that take up less room; use the saved space to add a small bathroom

4) Existing bath:  An average sink, toilet and tub need a minimum of 5 feet by 6 feet, which may allow you to do some creative rethinking.

5) Under a staircase:  A sink and toilet usually will fit under the stairs.

6) Part of a Bedroom:  Steal a small section of a large bedroom, add a few fixtures, and you've got yourself a bathroom.

7) Walk-in-Closet:  An oversized walk-in bedroom closet or hall linen closet could easily become an added half-bath with few structural changes.


Other Bathroom Tips

  1. Before you get started, take a look at some bathroom remodel photos and projects to get ideas.
  2. If adding a second floor bathroom, add it as close as possible to existing water and waste lines.
  3. Check floor joists when adding a bathroom. You want to make sure the house structure is strong enough at that location.
  4. Installing a sliding pocket door may help you squeeze a bathroom into a tight place.
  5. Ventilate windowless bathrooms via a ducted fan or skylight window.

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Keystone Homes | Adding A Bathroom

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