Are you looking to make home improvements? Is the basement area a place you are looking to improve? If so, you might be asking yourself questions about whether or not it is worth it to add a bathroom to your basement. Many people are doing it, but it is difficult to just assume why. There are different pros and cons for you to consider before adding a bathroom to your basement. Yes, there will be some challenges that come along the way. However, we believe it is definitely worth it in the end. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of including a bathroom in your basement.
The initial part of building a basement bathroom can be difficult. The first steps include a lot of planning and prep work before getting to build the bathroom. The main cons of having a bathroom in the basement area are that it can be a costly task and is not something that is DIY friendly.
Careful planning of drainage lines and ventilation fans is not everyone’s area of expertise. For most people, these steps will require professional assistance. The expertise you are paying for is also part of the reason that building a new bathroom is so costly. Plumbing services can cost between $10,000 and $15,000 to get the basement ready for a fully functioning bathroom.
One of the biggest advantages of having a bathroom in your basement is the value that it can add to your home. In fact, some homeowners that built a bathroom in their finished basement saw the value of their homes increase anywhere from 10 to 20 percent. In this case, the costly project is totally worth it!
Having a bathroom in the basement makes the area downstairs fully liveable. This is especially true if you decide to go with a full bathroom and include a bath and/or shower. To go even further, if you add a small kitchenette to the basement, you could rent it out and use the basement for extra income.
The next advantage to having a bathroom in the basement is convenience. A basement bathroom saves friends and family from running up and down the stairs in-between whatever they are doing to go to the bathroom. Multiple bathrooms are a necessity for bigger families, especially those with teenagers.
There is a lot of planning that needs to be taken into consideration before making the basement bathroom friendly. Part of this planning has to do with zoning, which includes obtaining permits from the local zoning office.
The local municipality requires authorization because you must install new plumbing and electrical sections to have a fully functioning bathroom. In some cases, you may even need to build an entirely new room. By getting authorization, you can be reassured that you will have a fully efficient bathroom that is also safe to have in your home.
While all the planning and prep work may seem daunting, the process can be easier with the guidance of bathroom building professionals. Contacting a local bathroom professional is the safest and quickest way to start on your bathroom project with the least amount of stress. Plumbers will ensure that there are proper drainage systems in place that are also in line with local municipality requirements. The same will happen with the building contractors and electricians.
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