They say the kitchen is the most important room in a home, but there’s no question that your bathroom is an equally crucial space.
It’s not only where you take care of business, but where you maintain your personal hygiene as well as a place to escape and relax.
Having one bathroom in your home may be sufficient, but there are advantages to adding an extra bathroom into your space.
If you’ve ever considered adding another bathroom, or perhaps have never considered it at all, here are some reasons why you should:
The Advantages of Adding an Extra Bathroom
1. Allows Guests to Have Their Own Bathroom Space
When you are having guests stay the night in your home, it’s nice to give them their own bathroom space to use.
Not only does this avoid having you and your guests on top of each during the mornings and evenings, but your guests will have a dedicated space to leave their toiletries.
Additionally, it cuts down on the number of germs spread around your personal bathroom. You can simply wipe down the extra bathroom once your guests depart.
2. Gives Your Family Room to Grow
Fighting over the bathroom is no fun when you have a full house.
Whether you have children or plan on having children, an extra bathroom will give your family room to grow and live comfortably.
Many families opt to decorate the adult bathroom in one theme and the children’s bathroom with fun and colorful decor.
3. Improved Mobility for Older Family Members and Visitors
When you live in a two-level home, it may be difficult for older visitors and family members to go up and down the stairs to use the bathroom.
A guest bathroom, even a half bath with only a toilet and sink, is perfect for those who have a hard time on stairs.
Also, consider it a benefit if you have small children who are potty-training – no more rushing up the stairs to avoid an accident!
4. Increases the Value of Your Home
Any addition or improvement to your home that creates convenience and comfort is going to increase its value.
Depending on where your home is located, adding even a half bath can increase the value of your home by 10%. An extra full bath can increase it by 20%.
While there are many renovations and upgrades you can make to your home to increase its value, adding an extra bathroom is definitely one you can enjoy while you are living there.
5. Adds Privacy to Your Home
Apart from providing crowd-control when it comes to large families and bathroom use, having an extra bathroom will increase the privacy you have in your home.
With an extra bathroom, family members will have more personal space to groom, recover from illness or simply unwind at the end of a long day in a warm bath.
6. Makes Use of Unused Space
You don’t have to build an addition onto your home to accommodate an extra bathroom. Many homes have some unused space that can easily be converted into a bathroom.
Your home’s extra bathroom doesn’t have to be large and spacious. A spare bedroom, large closet or even space at the end of the hallway can be turned into a bathroom.
A full bathroom with a bathtub only requires about 5 x 8 feet of space while a half bath only needs around 3 x 6 feet.
Look for those unused spaces around your home and you’re sure to find the perfect spot for an additional bathroom!
Adding a Bathroom in Your Home
Before you begin to build a beautiful additional bathroom in your home, there are some key things you need to consider:
Existing Water and Waste Piping
Before you build a new bathroom, you need to make sure that there is a nearby source of plumbing.
If there isn’t, and you have your heart set on the new bathroom’s location, you may need to hire a professional plumber to install new pipes.
The alternative is trying to do it yourself and making mistakes along the way. You’ll either end up with a lengthy renovation or costly repairs in the future.
If you live in the city and rely on municipal sewage, you may need to acquire permission to alter your home and install additional plumbing.
The right permits may be required to create this extension, so it’s best to find out what you are allowed to do before beginning construction.
Otherwise, you risk both fines and the possibility of having to dismantle your new bathroom before you even get to enjoy it.
Many homeowners today are excellent DIY-ers but adding a bathroom means more than building walls and installing fixtures.
You may need the help of a professional electrician and plumber to make sure the job is done right, efficiently and within code.
Professionals can also help assess any building mishaps that could cost you significantly down the road.
Thankfully, our trained and expert plumbers at Peak Hydronics are available 24-7 in the Edmonton area to help with all of your bathroom needs.
No plumbing job is too big for us and we would love to assist you in creating additional bathroom space in your home.
If you’re ready to expand your home’s comfort and raise its value, contact us today for more information!