Basement Bathroom Additions

As with any home improvement projects, when doing a basement bathroom one must research options, prioritize “must haves” versus “nice to haves”, and then factor in budget realities. Once the fundamentals are addressed adding a bathroom to the basement can be accomplished for as little as a few thousand dollar investment. Even if gravity access to sewer lines is not available products for above floor installation make basement bathrooms affordable and most important reliable.

When planning, first figure out the available space and decide if more than a sink and toilet are needed. A shower can be added as can other gray water (not sewage) fixtures such as bar sink, laundry sink or general utility sink. Ultimately the budget needs to be addressed. If permits are required be sure to factor in those fees. Also, even the most handy do it your yourselfer should consult with professionals when health and safety are involved. Since electrical and sanitary work are both elements of a bathroom do not put yourself at risk.

The low end cost for a basement bathroom ejection system (Saniflo’s Sanitop) can be as low as $750 and included both a toilet and pump. Add to that the cost for a sink, vanity, faucet (available at discount outlets for around $100, PVC drainage, walls, door, ceiling, flooring, electrical connections and lighting fixtures and an additional $500 would be anticipated. Alternatively, a high end project could be $20,000 or more. Saniflo has multiple systems that can accommodate extra fixtures, even an entire basement apartment with a washing machine can be handled without need to break the concrete floor for a costly sewage ejection system.

A proper layout of the floor-plan and remodeling design of the bathroom is required throughout the process. While sketch pad designs are a good starting point, a more detailed blueprint will be required when applying for permits. These same blueprints go a long way in ensuring an accurate “road map” to safely achieve your original vision.

Since most basements have only minimal natural light, make sure to provide sufficient electrical supply to power not only lights but also an exhaust fan. Lastly, select a floor that can be installed on the existing concrete floor. Virtually any material can be used but if the basement area has occasional wet areas be certain to research options with a flooring professional.

To minimize the chances for an unacceptable result, be sure to go over the plan with trusted third parties and adhere to local codes for the safety of all.