Are you in the process of designing a basement renovation and considering adding a new bathroom to your finished space? Basement bathrooms can add value to your property and increase your overall comfort in the home (no more mad dashes upstairs during the big game!) but do require a certain level of pre-planning before moving ahead. Learn what you need to be aware of and how to move forward with confidence below!

Why Consider Adding A Lower Level Bathroom

There are many reasons to consider including a bathroom in your basement. Adding another bathroom to the home, in general, can be particularly useful if you have a large family or regularly entertain guests. Additional bathrooms can also help increase overall property value and give your home a competitive edge in the market if you choose to sell in the future. Before committing to the idea, there are a few questions you’ll want to consider. Such questions include:

What Kind Of Bathroom Are You Hoping To Build?

As with any renovation, the scale of your vision will ultimately help determine the difficulty and price point of your renovation. The needs of a half bath are considerably different from a full three piece setup, especially when building in the basement. Underground plumbing and drainage is significantly different (more on that later), and working with existing wiring for lighting can present unique challenges when working sub-ground.

When deciding what style of bath you want in the basement, it’s important to consider the overall purpose of the installation. Are you building a legal secondary suite? Are you hoping to complete your new entertainment area, or do you need an extra bathroom to prevent the kids from fighting in the morning? No matter your needs, designing the perfect fit is easy with the help of a skilled team of contractors.

What Kind Of Drainage Do You Have?

The number one concern for basement bathroom construction is proper drainage. Prior to beginning any work on design or construction, your renovation team will need to discern what your plumbing depth and pipe size are, as both will heavily influence the course of your project. If existing pipes are undersized for example, you’ll need larger drains installed to accommodate the added basement bathroom drains, as well as deep drainage lines to maintain proper grading.

Don’t Forget About Lighting!

One aspect that can be easy to take for granted in basement bathroom renovations is the need for proper lighting. While upstairs rooms have the added benefit of natural lighting, this is not the case for lower levels, and it will need to be factored in.

Have More Questions? We’re Happy To Help!

Learn more about the process of installing a basement bathroom, as well as our many other home renovation services by contacting Peak Improvements today!