Tips for Planning to Build Your New Basement Bathroom

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Many people construct basement bathrooms in order to expand the living space of their households. The most important thing is having everything planned appropriately. Building a new bathroom in the basement enhances both the appearance and usefulness of your basement. It also gives it a more finished look.

1. Call a Builder

Call a builder to help you plan all aspects of your new basement bathroom. It is best to consider the builder's recommendations before starting any construction work. It is also important to make a rough draft for plumbing because you may need to create a way to transfer the sewage in an upward direction in case the sewer lines are located at a higher level than the basement. Also make sure you or your builder obtain the proper permits.

2. Create a Bathroom Layout

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During the planning process, draw a layout of the new basement bathroom. Make sure the drawing includes precise details of your new basement bathroom. Such a layout will be helpful in the future. You can use the layout as a guideline when you install the drain pipes after framing the walls, and you can avoid using a jackhammer to break the concrete to install the pipes. Keep in mind that planning your new basement bathroom will help you save a lot of money. If you do not plan everything out, and do not make a layout beforehand, the construction expense may increase.

3. Decide Between a Bathtub and Shower

An important decision you also have to make is whether you want a bathtub or a shower in your new basement bathroom. People usually prefer installing showers in a basement bathroom because a basement is cold due to its underground location. If you decide to install a bath instead of a shower, take into consideration any ways to best heat up the room to make it more comfortable. Remember that heating the basement was probably not included in the original house plan.

4. Plan the Toilet Installation

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When planning where to install the toilet in a new basement bathroom, there are usually two options. The first is an easy but costly installation, which requires plumbing to be located above the floor. The other option is cheaper, but requires that you to excavate a small space. Excavation is more work, it costs less money and makes a more attractive finished product.

5. Plan to Install Lights and Mirrors

A new bathroom is not complete if it has no mirrors or light fixtures. There are several types of lights and mirrors from which to choose. Many people prefer recessed lighting. Install two large mirrors to create the impression that the room is larger than its actual size.