Adding a Second Bathroom? Helpful Tips
If you are planning on a home plumbing renovation involving adding a second bathroom to your home, you are doing a good thing. Not only can this help alleviate the strain of having only one bathroom for all of the people in the house, it can also add value to your home by creating function in a space otherwise unused. Bathrooms and kitchens can be generally thought of as two of the most valuable rooms in the house, and since these two rooms are so frequently the subjects of remodeling and renovations, you can be sure that they are well received.
Any addition to the home is a big project, and adding a bathroom is no different. Depending on the state of the area when the bathroom will be, this could involve extensive construction work after the plumbing has been completed. If the bathroom is already a full room with insulation, drywall, flooring, and such, you may be looking at a primarily plumbing oriented project. In either case, there are a few important considerations to take when planning to add a second bathroom.
Create Detailed Plans
You will want detailed plans regarding the layout and appearance of the bathroom. This should be the first step of the process. In most cases, you won’t have much of a choice for the positioning of the shower, toilet, and sink, since the plumbing hookups will likely already exist if the bathroom area is simply unfinished. If you are doing everything from scratch, such as in a custom home construction, you can plan the layout of these items along with the rest of the room. This planning stage will be a combination of architectural blueprinting and interior design layout. The size of the fixtures will need to be a consideration, so knowing exactly how much space you have to work with will help in the construction process and ensure a functional, appealing bathroom.
Hire a Quality Plumber
For a serious plumbing job like putting in a bathroom, you should hire a quality, professional, licensed plumber for the job. If you are having the home built, this will be part of the plumbing phase of the construction. For the DIY enthusiasts, it is better to call a plumber for the project. There is too much margin for error when plumbing a bathroom and you want to get the job done right the first time. Many people have the misconception that they will save thousands of dollars by undertaking plumbing projects themselves, but actually end up spending the same amount or more money having to call a plumber to fix a problem that should have never occurred in the first place. It is easy to make an otherwise straightforward job for a plumber complex by doing something wrong or failing to consider a crucial step in the process. The first thing you should do when planning to add a bathroom is call a reputable plumber to assess the job and give you a quote.