Putting Together Basement Bathroom Plans

Published: 20th February 2009
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If you're thinking about adding a bathroom to your basement, there are a few things you'll need to think about. Without the right plans, you may have trouble getting the room put together and all fixtures correctly installed. Fortunately, all you need to do is think ahead and pay attention to what you can do and what you expect out of your new room. Basement bathroom plans may seem complex, but they don't have to be. Here are a few things to think about when you're deciding how to put your bathroom together.



Will you be adding a full bath or half bath? This will make a big difference in the amount of space you need and how you finish the room. A shower or tub will improve your basement bathroom's functionality, but it'll also take up more space and be more difficult to install. Remember to think about whether or not your basement is comfortable for bathing - many below ground spaces feel cold, and aren't a pleasant place to shower. If you want to include a shower or bath in a chilly basement, you may need to invest in heating.



You'll also have to think about the type of toilet you'll be using in your basement bathroom plans. An above floor plumbing system with a macerator is one method that's relatively easy and requires no digging up of the floor. The down side of this type is that it's more costly. Sewage ejectors are also used to remove waste water from a basement bathroom. These are less expensive, but may require you to excavate space in the floor. Decide which is best, based on your needs, budget, and what you expect out of your bathroom.



You're going to need to think about the size of fixtures and the amount of space needed to comfortably move around in the basement bathroom. Before settling on the fixtures and spaces you're thinking about in your basement bathroom plans, you may want to snap chalk lines in the area you'd like to use and see if it looks like you have enough space. After all, no one wants to create a basement space that's cramped and claustrophobic.



To prevent that cave like feeling that's common in basement rooms, lighting and mirrors are a good choice. You can install ambient lighting and use wall mirrors to make the space in your basement bathroom seem much larger. Just don't use lights that are too bright or badly positioned - glare and too much light aren't any more pleasant than too little. You want your basement bathroom to feel inviting and pleasant to be in. Your plans should reflect that fact. Basement bathroom plans shouldn't just stop at the fixtures and plumbing - include paint, flooring, and other finishing features to help you create the perfect room.



If you spend a little time thinking and researching, your basement bathroom plans will be accurate and you'll have no trouble coming in under budget. You'll get a great new addition to your home that gives you more value and functionality, making the basement a pleasant place to be. Many people want to add to their useful basement space, and a bathroom installation is the perfect way to do it. Get started planning your new basement bathroom today.



Thomas Johnsen is the Author and Leading Expert on Basement Bathroom Plans and the creator of the publication Basement Bathroom Plans. Visit the site now to find the easy-to-understand step-by-step guides on basement bathroom construction available online today.


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