Homeowners with growing families are constantly looking for ways to increase the living space in their home. A good number of them are considering renovating their basement, an underutilized space in most homes.
One way to add more functionality to your basement is to install a bathroom. Before you do that, however, there are a few things you need to consider. Advantage Contracting, one of the top bathroom remodeling contractors in the state, lists them below.
Local Building Codes
First off, you need to make sure your local building authority allows bathrooms in basements. There may be deed restrictions and zoning ordinances that can severely limit your renovation project.
Once you’ve gotten the necessary permits, you should think about where your new bathroom will be located. It would be easier for your contractor— and more cost-effective for you— if your new bathroom is as close to existing plumbing and electrical wiring as possible. We suggest placing it directly below the one on the upper floors.
To find the most optimal location for your bathroom, consult one of your local bathroom remodeling contractors.
Bathroom Size and Fixtures
Bathrooms are usually the smallest part of the house, but its size should ultimately be based on your needs. Installing more fixtures in your bathroom would naturally mean its size has to be larger. A sink, toilet and a ventilation fan are essentials. For basement bathrooms, however, a tub or shower is usually optional. Most homeowners find it too chilly downstairs, but if you prefer to have a shower, we suggest installing corner showers to maximize space.
Most bathroom remodeling projects are more complicated because contractors have to deal with plumbing in addition to electrical wiring. That’s why you should only hire an experienced contractor.
Advantage Contracting, a remodeling contractor with more than two decades’ worth of experience, offers kitchen and bathroom remodeling services. To get a free estimate, call us at (862) 292-0003 or leave us a message on this form. We serve homeowners in Wayne, Kinnelon, and Wycoff, NJ.