Adding A Half Bath — A Win-Win Renovation!

Adding A Half Bath — A Win-Win Renovation!

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Before starting any home improvement project it is good to weigh your plans with the benefits that it will provide. After all, your budget sets the tone on what you can spend and who doesn’t want to get the best bang for their buck?

If adding a room, expanding an attic, or increasing a kitchen’s size is beneficial to your personal half bathenjoyment, then that is reason enough to expand. Of course, if you’re looking to add value to your home, then choosing the right home renovation project can increase your home’s worth and make it easier for you to sell it later on.

Adding A Half Bathroom

One project that offers excellent benefits is the addition of a half bathroom, particularly in a home with only one full bath present. Many of the pre-war (WWII) homes that were built, including stately colonials, have only one bathroom — homes which can be found in older communities throughout the northeast and midwest. Today, we’re so used to having almost as many bathrooms as bedrooms that it may come as a surprise that some homes have only one bathroom and that one is located upstairs.

What Is A Half Bath?

A half bath (or half bathroom) is a room with a toilet and a sink, but no shower or tub. Many half baths are placed under the stairwell, as that area affords just enough room for the placement of a toilet along with a sink and mirror. If you can convert a closet to a bathroom, you’ll have some extra room, but as long as the bathroom is at least 3×6 mostly everyone will find the area comfortable.

What You Must Consider

The biggest challenge after available space is plumbing, particularly connecting to existing water and sewer lines. New lines can be run underneath the floor especially if your bathroom is on the first floor and you have a basement below it. The easiest job is one where the new bathroom backs up to another bathroom, which usually isn’t the case for aged colonials.

If space is at a premium, a pedestal sink will work better than a sink cabinet. A mirrored cabinet can be used instead, the perfect place to put extra rolls of toilet paper, towels, and supplies.

Every bathroom needs to be adequately vented and insulated. Local building codes may determine some of the materials to be used while older homes may need significant rewiring and the running of a new ventilation system. Excellent insulation is needed to absorb interior sound so that people can go about their business in privacy. You’ll need at least one electrical outlet which can be used for an automatic air freshener device.

More or Less?

Will your new half bath add value to your home? Personal value and satisfaction — absolutely, if done right. Financial value — yes, especially if your home only had one full bathroom previously.


Adv. — If you need ideas for your next home renovation project, visit LetsRenovate.com to find helpful tips and budget information to help bring your plans to fruition. Your home is your most valuable asset — let us help you protect and enhance your home!

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